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Children in the Sanctuary

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

My response to the reactions of children within holy space is simple and core to who we are called to be as faith communities: Our sanctuaries are not sanctuaries from children. They are sanctuaries for children.

A Church of the Commons

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

Faith communities are also religious organizations, and those organizations emerged over a period of many decades, and developed (not accidentally) in parallel with the rise of America's industrial economy.

Bardo Museum: A Tunisian Treasure

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.04.2014 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

I couldn't get enough of the fabulous mosaics dating from ancient Greek times to well after the Christian era at Tunisia's renovated National Bardo Mu...

When Shared Brokenness Trumps Shared Beliefs

Heather Kopp | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Heather Kopp

I do think the church could learn something from recovery groups about how to create safe places where intimate community can happen.

Painting Through Peru

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

I was up for the sunrise and climbed the Inca ruins with my paints. Words cannot adequately capture how truly spectacular this site is, and how amazing that they could build these structures in this inaccessible place.

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.

Interview With Emergent Church Leader Brian McLaren

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

If you're seeking a fresh way to experience and practice your faith, if you're a long-term Christian seeking new vitality, or if you feel out of place in traditional church circles, Brian's new book will be sure to inspire and activate you in your spiritual journey.

What Happens After Easter: Living the Life of Hope

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Long after the colored eggs are eaten, and the Easter bonnets stored away, the message remains that, as followers of Jesus, we are freed to work for liberation and freedom, do justice and seek peace and wholeness in his name.

Get Your Mosque On at the Hagia Sophia

Janis Powers | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Janis Powers

Since today's Hagia Sophia suggests a house of multiple faiths, many visitors may feel confused, subconsciously or not, about their relationship with the building.

Awakening

KidSpirit | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
KidSpirit

I wondered how I could be certain I wanted to be a Catholic when I didn't know anything about other religions. I recalled my mother telling me that I should always read the fine print before signing up for things.

My Easter

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion
Paula Gordon

Easter was to my mother what Christmas was to me -- the best of the best. When I was old enough to articulate my preference for Christmas, I'd start with the unpleasantness of 'Good Friday.' How could torturing someone to death be the cause for celebration?

Southern Sundays and Sex: A Memoir

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Sharon Kay Edwards

Looking back, I can't help but laugh at the irony of the situation. We failed to see eye-to-eye on the simplest of doctrines, but had zero problem meeting crotch to crotch in the middle of the night.

Mountains as Sacred Centers

Ginna Kelly | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Ginna Kelly

I personally draw great spiritual strength from mountains. While climbing a mountain, I am fully in the present moment. I come face to face with what seems to be ultimate reality.

Daystar's Day of Reckoning: My Interview With NPR's John Burnett

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Aside from claiming nonprofit status -- which means a media company like Daystar is exempt from paying taxes on its revenue -- churches in particular have extra layers of protection from government oversight with regard to their financial operations. So what does it matter?

The Pope's Anti-Abuse Commission: Action or PR Stunt?

Dan Arel | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Dan Arel

Can a Vatican-appointed commission bring about real change and be trusted to give a non-biased and honest report about the scale and severity of the abuse and offer real solutions that will be accepted by the Church?

New Wineskins: Why the Church Needs to Abandon Evangelicalism

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I believe the church is in need of new wineskins. As the past few years have hinted at, and last week made crystal clear, evangelicalism is an old wineskin that is long past its expiration date. It was a new wineskin once and served the church well for a time, but it has become dry, brittle and broken.

Why I'm Committed to Lent

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

In Fairhope, Alabama, I grew up in a family of six where giving up something for Lent was an expectation, not a choice. A few days before Ash Wednesday, the dinner conversation revolved around one question: 'What you are giving up for Lent?'

'Slow Church' Movement Says No 'Fast Food' Way To Salvation

Religion News Service | Bob Smietana | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Going to church these days can be a bit like eating at a fast food joint. It might be quick and tasty. But it won’t satisfy your soul. ...

What 40-Year-Old Me Would Say to 25-Year-Old Me

The Unappreciated Pastor | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
The Unappreciated Pastor

I was 25 when I became a senior pastor. That was 15 years ago. Time has gone by so quickly. I have been reminiscing about life in the ministry. In looking back I have come to the conclusion that it would have been great if there were a mentor in my life to prepare me for ministry.

Out of Darkness, a Light Breaks

Daniel Davis | Posted 05.25.2014 | Arts
Daniel Davis

Such cruel tragedies are never easy to handle, and doubly so when the victim was a young woman whose spirit brightened the lives of all around her. But Ben was a contemporary Christian artist and worship leader at a large church. How was this soul-rending tragedy going to square with his faith? How could a loving God allow such things?

Claiming My Religious Right

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Stephanie Mott

It is my right to believe in unconditional love. Why is it that we are so eager to put conditions on God's unconditional love? You have to be straight. You can't be transgender. You have to be Christian. You have to believe. No! Not! None of these things! You just have to be.

Why Do People Go to Church?

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

What are we doing in worship? We are sorting through our mixed motives and mysterious desires. We are learning God's story again. We are returning home so that we can go with power into the everyday world.

Televising Religion in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

We talked about the challenges of being a pastor under Communism, his involvement in the revolutionary changes in 1989, his best and worst programming moments, and why he agrees with Soren Kierkegaard that when everything is Christian, nothing is Christian.

21 Reasons to Finally Take That Trip to Italy (PHOTOS)

minube | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
minube

"I never saw Venice" is a classic last-words cliché for a reason: Most would love to visit Italy, but very few end up going. Well, now's the time to start thinking about that summer vacation, and we've gone through tips and photos from thousands of travelers at to help you make up your mind.

Sin, Guilt, and Psychology: What I Wish All Pastors Knew

Derek Flood | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Derek Flood

We have come to associate guilt today with negative ideas like "guilt-trips," and with feelings of shame. As a result, when the subject of guilt and sin are brought up, our defensive walls go up, too.