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Died, Passed Away or Passed

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.29.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Exactly when did the change in terminology occur, what was the reason for the change, is it helpful for the family of the deceased, and what are the theological implications of using "passed away" or "passed" instead of "died"? I decided to explore the matter.

The Virgin Mary Visited My Very Angry but Lovable Teenage Son

Fiona Finn | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

He walked side by side next to Mary. Yes, Mary the mother of Jesus, that Mary. She was cloaked in blue and he was calling her 'mom' as they spoke. Mary spoke gently to Connor letting him know he would be getting help for his teeth.

Baptism by Ice

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

In our church life, there are times when water is poured on our heads or our whole bodies are immersed in pools of water. Through this sacrament we experience that same type of connection to others in our faith. That is baptism.

Plunged into Chaos

Broderick Greer | Posted 10.25.2014 | Religion
Broderick Greer

I will never forget the day I was baptized. Ever the aquaphobe, I remember my eight-year-old self praying, "Jesus, if I don't die while I'm under the water, I'll serve you forever."

Could Baptizing Children Of Gays Become New Battleground?

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Despite numerous controversies over dismissing gay Catholics from church posts and the U.S. hierarchy’s campaign against same-sex marriage, Ca...

Justin Bieber Reportedly Baptized Following Racist Comments Leak

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion

Justin Bieber was reportedly baptized last week by Hillsong Church pastor Carl Lentz in a low-key ceremony in New York City, according to celebrity go...

Pentecost 2014: History, Facts And Traditions

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

Pentecost marks the end of the 50-day Easter season for Christians and falls this year on Sunday, June 8. History The second chapter of the Book o...

A Mother Without Children

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 07.11.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

I was a mother long before I had children, because I am a Christian. As a Christian, I'm baptized into a family. Not a club. Not a private little 2.5 child nuclear family with two parents and a white picket fence.

Sarah Palin On Waterboarding: Someone Needs To 'Look Up What It Means To Baptize'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) further clarified her statement that "waterboarding is how we'd baptize terrorists" in an interview with Mario Lope...

Torture Is to Baptism as the Demonic Is to the Holy

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

To take the most holy and life-giving rite of our faith and compare it to torturing a prisoner is demonic.

This Is the Night: The Darkness of Holy Saturday

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Unlike the hosannas of Palm Sunday and the yearned-for glory of Easter Day, this day in Holy Week, Holy Saturday, speaks most directly to the daily reality of our lives. After the shock of death or words that bring despair -- words like cancer, divorce, terminal, downsizing -- we find ourselves entering the dark void of unknowing.

A Joyous Welcome: The Baptism of Umma Azul

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.09.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.