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Faith Inspires: Faith For Change

Posted 03.30.2012 | Religion

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The Truth About The Democratic Party

Tim Suttle | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics
Tim Suttle

As a Christian who grew up in the rural Midwest, I sometimes feel as though I'm a progressive trapped in the body of a conserver. Yet, the Democrats can make it really hard for a natural-born-conserver to be a part of the conversation.

The Justice Conference Speaks In A Universal Language

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 05.15.2012 | Religion
Cornelia Seigneur

Why did 4,000 people from 41 states and 20 countries come to this, a clearly Christian-faith-based conference on justice?

When Will The Christian Right To Return To The Teachings Of Their Gospel?

Allan Brawley | Posted 05.11.2012 | Religion
Allan Brawley

Social Gospel Christians have been replaced by an extreme right-wing obsessed with obliterating women's medical and reproductive rights, denying equal treatment for gays, demonizing scientific findings, and otherwise attempting to impose their fundamentalist beliefs on everyone.

Usury Is Alive And Well

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 05.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

The emergence of practices like "payday" and "predatory" lending deserve the scrutiny of religious leaders and people of faith.

Street-Level Religious Freedom

Matthew Bode | Posted 05.09.2012 | Religion
Matthew Bode

Religious freedom does not give license to deny health care access to the sick, abuse the LGBT community or criminalize being a woman. Neither does the Bible.

WATCH: Ending Poverty In Our Time

Derek Flood | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

It will only happen if we all get involved. If we use our intelligence, our money and our influence to make a difference. It will only happen If we are willing to make some sacrifices in the name of compassion.

Lead The Change

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

It is not easy, nor simple for churches to "preach brotherhood and make it a reality within its own body." But the church is the place and our faith is the source with which we may be instruments of change.

Occupy Nonviolence

Shane Claiborne | Posted 04.18.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

t's easy to forget that we are up against something bigger than flesh and blood people. And it's particularly easy to forget that people are not the enemy when people are shooting pepper spray in your face.

Deep Calls To Deep: Re-imagining The Altar Call

Charles Howard | Posted 04.16.2012 | Religion
Charles Howard

It's a powerful moment. Full of potential and a holy discomfort. Courage and celebration. The altar call, the moment of decision, the invitation to Christian discipleship.

Jesus Concerned About The Poor? You Must Be Joking, Says The Christian Right

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

When President Obama used the occasion of the National Prayer Breakfast to say that for the fortunate to pay a little more to help the less fortunate "coincides" with Jesus' teachings, he must have touched a nerve.

Isaiah 58 And The Fast For DC Statehood

Jeremy John | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion
Jeremy John

God is asking for the fast that moves beyond prayer and the negation of food to reform our economic relationships of injustice, to undo the cords of oppression.

Mark 1:40-45: The Inconvenient Truth About Taking Care Of The Poor

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

God suffers some of the effects of human brokenness. In Jesus, God doesn't just come near. God doesn't just lend a hand. God experiences solidarity with those who suffer, taking their place.

Which Martin Luther King?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.20.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Do we know him? I did, and feel that we are missing a huge chunk of his purpose and meaning. In my view the celebrity side largely misses the point of his life. He stood among us as a real person.

Forget God. How Are We Helping Haiti?

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 03.12.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

This notion that God caused this earthquake as a good thing for the people of Haiti is troubling theology. Where is that "good thing" in the midst of the suffering?

Is Haiti Hopeless? Not if You Believe In Grace

Chris Herlinger | Posted 03.12.2012 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

Anyone who has lived or worked in Haiti for any length of time is bound to be asked if Haiti is hopeless. That will certainly be the case this week, when Haitians commemorate the second anniversary of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake.

Two Years After A Devastating Earthquake, Hope For A New Haiti

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 03.12.2012 | Religion
Sheldon C. Good

Hope, as theologian N.T. Wright says, "is a mode of knowing, a mode within which new things are possible, options are not shut down, new creation can happen."

Luke 2:22-40: How Are We Caring for Our Children Today?

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Hedahl | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Within this text of love and support for a child, we unmistakably hear the note of justice sounded clearly. Indeed the rising and falling of many has and will occur in terms of their treatment of children.

The Hopes And Fears Of All The Years (A Lament At Christmas)

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 02.26.2012 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

This Christmas swords continue to clang in Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, Congo -- and plowshares seem to continue to be few in too many places.

Taking The Blue With The Red And Green

Lamar Vest | Posted 02.20.2012 | Religion
Lamar Vest

Jesus was born into the same world that you and I live in today. Jesus was born to a broke teenage mother. He was born into an occupied nation ruled by outsiders.

The Polarities Of An Occupying Ethos

Eric Simpson | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Eric Simpson

An occupation of diversity and of transformation is an occupation and a vocation for which we are born, which is to be in communion with all things and each other through love.

Homophobic Do-Gooders

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 02.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

Why are so many of those who believe what I believe homophobes? And more importantly, what is a reasonable response to those who serve the poor, hungry, homeless and mentally ill, but hate the gays?

What Are You Getting Baby Jesus For The Holidays?

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

I am afraid the baby Jesus gets the short end of the stick during the holidays. Given it is his birthday, don't you think he should be on the list?

Church Gives Cash To Needy Congregants

AP | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion

DEPEW, N.Y. -- Dozens of congregants at a western New York church received a little something extra while attending services this past weekend. Envel...

In God's Economy, Everyone Has Enough

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.18.2012 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

I want us to get preoccupied with economic justice. I don't think we can rest until everyone has enough.