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A Letter to the Church of Abbotsford and Beyond

Ward Draper | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Ward Draper

In this broken city teeming with hurt and frustration a looming tragedy approaches. This tragedy is not new; we have seen it before and will most assuredly will again.

Irreverence Is the New Reverent

Cindy Brandt | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

While I agree there's a social maturity required in expressing irreverence through appropriate channels, the Church is missing out on a deep authenticity of the human experience if we continue to fear irreverence, instead of finding beauty in it.

Reflections on the Presbyterian Church General Assembly and How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If one of America's historic mainline churches can respectfully and prayerfully debate important issues like marriage, justice or geopolitical conflicts -- and reach a conclusion graciously -- might this be a turning point in our national debates? I have hope that this is so.

Three Ways the Internet Is Good for the Religious

Cindy Brandt | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

The internet is being used as a tool to do good in religious communities all over the world trending under the hashtag #ReligionDoingGood. For every nasty attack uttered online, somewhere there is a person of faith turning their cheek in an act of mercy.

The Tyranny of Consensus: How Your Church Can Make Better Decisions

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Too often the church becomes a place where we don't want to alienate anyone. And so, we alienate everyone. And slowly we stop becoming a community of disciples, and we start becoming a museum of a faith community that once was.

Do the Presbyterians Expect Jews to Be the World's Only Christians?

Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen

On June 20, the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted 310 to 303 to divest its financial holdings in three American companies which do business in Israel because they "profit from non-peaceful pursuits."

Was Jesus a "Hillbilly?"

Joe Boyd | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

People of faith tend to do themselves very little service by condemning non-believers as closed-minded. As an educated, thinking Christian I cringe more at the comments of other Christians than I do at the comments of atheists.

Does the Bible Need to Be Set Free?

Joe Boyd | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

When I was eight years old, my family started going to church. There I discovered something that changed my life. I was immediately smitten -- head over heels captivated. What I found there, I love now more than ever.

5 Reasons Churches Need to "Come Out" on LGBTQ Rights

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

If we continue to advocate for some people being treated as "less than" others in any way, how can we claim the Gospel as our mandate with any credibility?

The Anatomy of a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Joe Boyd | Posted 06.17.2014 | Small Business
Joe Boyd

After a successful one-man show in Cincinnati in April we wanted to take that show on a national tour and put up four new shows over the next year. So we went for it. Here's why I think it has worked.

What Time Is It? Not CP Time

Gerard Kersey | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

The instructor stated how crucial being timely is in business and personal matters, and we can never be on CP time if we want to be successful. I don't know what surprised me more: the fact that she said this or that it was said and not much of an uproar followed.

Shaping the Church: Thinking, Reimagining and Envisioning

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 06.13.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The church can be relevant, meaningful and important and we must be able to share this with the world. As I ponder such issues, I realize that I am a product of a "cloud of witnesses" who have gone before me to light the way for me to be in the church and be a leader within the theological academy.

Our Father and My Father

Catherine Nagle | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Transformation takes place in God's Presence and inspires us to great things, just as the stained-glass artist and my father expressed their love of God in their artwork, which in turn lifts my soul and inspires me to glorify Him even more.

No More Analysis -- Millennials, the Church Needs You!

Samuel L. Adams | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Samuel L. Adams

Many churches are perpetually mired in process, worrying far more about protocol for committee meetings than how to become a welcoming body. With your wariness about the glacial pace at which institutions change, you can help the church become more dynamic.

How to Be a Pentecost Church: Five Pointers for Congregations

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When the young families arrive with their kids, let them teach you about what will keep their kids engaged.

A Letter from the "Dying" Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

To my mourners: Sometimes the dying are the first to know. While others believe you are invincible, you quietly go around collecting pamphlets from h...

Meeting of the Minds: Addressing the Church's Future

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is encouraging to see spaces created to have these unlikely conversations occur among diverse people who are passionate about the church and their calling. As an FTE Alumna and an FTE Advisory Board Member, I continue to watch FTE flourish, lead, and pave the way for future leaders to guide the church into its unknown future.

To LCWR: Be Out of Order

Carole Ganim | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Carole Ganim

If the good ol' boys want to keep their robes and mitres and rules and constrictions and money and their insistent antimony toward women, let them. Religious women can love God and others without the bureaucracy and the rules and the dictatorship.

Patriarchy and Religion: Built to Oppress Women

Dennis Trainor | Posted 07.20.2014 | Women
Dennis Trainor

From Texas to Alabama to Congressmen saying that women can't get pregnant when raped because their bodies have a way of shutting that down, men, usually white conservative men with ties to patriarchal religious institutions are working their balls off trying to control women; specifically a woman access to birth control and abortion.

The Prodigal Gay Uncle

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Catholic doctrine states that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered." As I came to a more mature awareness of my homosexuality, there were always people claiming that they learned love from Christ, yet they built a wall between gays and Jesus.

Advocacy and Action on Climate Change: World Council of Churches

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Failure to recognize the reality of climate change can be due to one's views on the Bible and faith. Others believe that it is not the role of the church to address climate change, feeling that it is not religion's job to engage political issues.

Getting Through It: A New Church Service for Recovery

Lindsay Henry | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Lindsay Henry

To get through, you decide -- maybe after you get past some stubbornness -- you want help. Maybe, despite your initial beliefs, you really can't do this alone. Coupled with courts and classes, and the therapies, maybe someone suggests you "go to church."

Are You Afraid to Be Still?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

What would you expect the author of What Color Is Your Parachute? to look like? Before I met him, I imagined Dick Bolles tall (he's 6 foot 5 inches)...

Environmental Injustice and Economic Issues: WCC's Working Group on Climate Change

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is becoming ever more important to recognize the urgency of climate change within our religious outlook on life. We cannot continue to ignore the topic of climate change while all of God's creation is suffering.

Joy Comes in the Morning?

Courtney McKinney | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Courtney McKinney

Church leaders have a unique opportunity to help people heal and find comfort. I wish they would use that power to encourage people to seek help, rather than making them feel that mental illness is something that should be given time and prayer alone