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A Joyous Welcome: The Baptism of Umma Azul

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

On April 5, a little baby, two-month old Umma Azul, was baptized into the Catholic faith. That may seem unremarkable until one realizes that the parents were a recently married lesbian couple.

Jesus and Paul Chose to Die as Dedicated Jews--According to the New Testament

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

It's well documented that both Jesus and Paul were arrested and indicted on the charge of blasphemy against Judaism. By what authority did the Sanhedrin invoke these charges?

Daily Meditation: Down To The River

Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Man Swept Out To Sea During Baptism Has Not Been Found

AP | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion

GUADALUPE, Calif. (AP) — Rescuers have ended their search for a 43-year-old man swept to sea during a baptism ceremony on a Southern California beac...

Hunter Stuart

High School Football Coach In Hot Water For Praying With Students | Hunter Stuart | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion

One North Carolina town has become the latest battleground over First Amendment rights after a local school football coach was ordered to stop partici...

When You Have to Stand Up

Robin Korth | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Robin Korth

How could an innocent baby be held accountable for the actions -- or lack of actions -- of some stupid adult? There was some mistake. Nervously I stood and I asked, "Sister, are you sure this is right? I know God wouldn't do this."

A Frank Letter to a Conservative Priest About, Well, You Know What

Michael Pettinger | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Pettinger

When you treat LGBTQ Catholics as "secular society" rather than as your brothers and sisters in Christ, you poison the sources of grace for them. For that matter, when you treat LGBTQ non-Catholics as a particular species of sinner rather than as images of God like yourself, you have broken the Great Commandment.

Why Have Art Historians Been Silent About the Falsification of Biblical History in Artworks?

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Contemporizing biblical figures is not the end of the story. It's the starting point of a gross misunderstanding. Contemporizing -- and fashioning in your own image -- is one thing, but erasing identities is another matter, a serious matter with serious consequences.

You Belong to God

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

To the empty and overworked, it means you do not belong to your company. You belong to God. To the depressed, it means you do not belong to this sadness. You belong to God.

10 Reasons Why Jordan Is So Much More Than Petra

Adam Pervez | Posted 02.01.2014 | Travel
Adam Pervez

Maybe you've seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as he travels on horse to reveal Petra's Treasury carved out of its rock surroundings. In some ways this was Petra's unveiling to the world, and perhaps Jordan's unveiling as a tourist destination.

Autism and Faith for a Future

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

It has taken years, but our struggling, dying family is now healing. Forgiveness has washed over us and though scars remain from the battlefield, our collective faith has made us whole.

5 Thoughts On Building A Faithful Church Of The 21st Century

Rev. Mieke Vandersall | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Mieke Vandersall

The act of standing with same-sex couples seeking God's and their communities' blessings, coupled with the greatly changing nature of what it means to be disciples of Christ in the 21st century, has helped me think long and hard about the future of our church.

What's the Difference Between a Bris and a Baptism?

Dana Holmes | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Dana Holmes

Recently, all of my friends started having babies. I realized that I have a lot to bone up on if I'm going to be prepared for all of the showers, parties and religious ceremonies associated with this influx of little people.

The Christian Portfolio

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

As Woody Allen once said of life, "90 percent is just showing up." Prayer can be as extensive as a week's retreat or as brief as a pause to ask "Where did I see the face of God today?" But we have to show up.

What I Realized When I Looked At An Old Family Picture

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It can take moments like I had at that baptism to hit you up the side of the head and make you see that not only has time passed, but that you are wiser and better for it.

Pope Baptises Babies, Urges God Parents To Lead By Example

AP | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- The frescoed walls of the Sistine Chapel are ringing with the wails and coos of newborns as Pope Benedict XVI presides over his annual...

Tips On Having A Super Stylish Adult Baptism

Posted 11.14.2012 | Religion

Nothing honors the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan like a "stylish" baptism in a swimming pool in a Texan McMansion. Leslie, from something ca...

Thoughts on Turning 30

Susan R. Hatten | Posted 07.31.2012 | Women
Susan R. Hatten

As I approach my thirtieth birthday in the coming weeks, I have chosen to review my life in detail, and to dissect each layer of my being to discover what I am comprised of.

Cosmic Prayer

Ed Shurna | Posted 07.25.2012 | Chicago
Ed Shurna

A few months ago, I welcomed James into the world. My grandson joined our cosmic journey on January 25. Several weeks ago, my son and his wife presented baby James to family and friends for a spiritual baptism. Below is the prayer I offered as part of the welcome celebration.

REPORT: Casey Anthony Is Getting Baptized

Posted 03.21.2012 | Crime

Casey Anthony is turning to God. The 26-year-old Florida woman, who was found not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, plans to be ...

Guess What, Mitt! I Just Un-Baptized You. You're Jewish Now.

John Blumenthal | Posted 04.18.2012 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

You're Jewish now, Mitt. Mazel Tov! Welcome to the tribe. L'Chaim! Your new name is Morris Berkowitz and you're from Queens. Your mother-in-law lives in Florida. She doesn't like you because you're not a doctor. (She voted for Ron Paul because he is a doctor.)

Andrea Stone

Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel To Mitt: Tell Your Church To Quit Performing Posthumous Proxy Baptisms On Jews | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor who has devoted his life to combating intolerance, says Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney "should spea...

Andrea Stone

Proxy Baptism Seekers Eyed Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel For Posthumous Mormon Rite | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion

A researcher who has spent years uncovering the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' controversial practice of posthumous proxy baptisms of Je...

Brooke Holds Out Hope Dad Will Show On 'One Tree Hill'

Posted 03.12.2012 | TV

Ever the optimist, Brooke never gave up hope that her father would come through and attend the baptism of her babies. "One Tree Hill" (Wed., 8 p.m. ES...

Mark 1:4-11: Does Baptism Make For Better Presidents?

Andy Watts | Posted 03.05.2012 | Religion
Andy Watts

Evangelical Christianity has in the past decades embraced the once forbidden relationship between faith and politics. Some Christians dislike the situation. Others welcome it.