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Worship in the Sunday Morning Not-Church

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Worship is really about casting oneself out of oneself in recognition of what is greater, more wonderful, awe-ful than us, and in the face of which our selves simultaneously disintegrate and are healed. What a relief, frankly, to shed the preoccupations of my life.

The Homegoing Business

Danielle M. Bennett | Posted 07.19.2013 | New York
Danielle M. Bennett

As a kid, raised between Yonkers and Harlem, Davis recalls four funeral homes on the next block. Today, there's only one. The number of black residents is shrinking, and "people coming into the neighborhood don't avail themselves of the professionals that are here," Davis says.

The Zimmerman Verdict And The Unity Of The Church

Greg Carey | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

The pain I hear from my black friends runs far deeper than mere opinion about a single incident. It raises the basic question of our common humanity.

3 Other Things Christians Ought to Worry About

John Backman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
John Backman

We've spent decades fighting over sex, sexuality, and gender. To a large extent, however, we have missed speaking out on other weighty matters: the megatrends of our age.

Beyond the Gospel of Us: A Reflection on Colossians 1:15-28

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

Would our pews be emptier if we talked more about God and less about what God can do for us? Should we begin our God-talk by stating plainly that God's past performance is not indicative of God's future results? Must we always be at the center?

Evangelicals Are Too Political and Other Myths

Skye Jethani | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Skye Jethani

In the wake of the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings, evangelicals shouldn't only be investigating their view of marriage, sexuality, and politics, but also their perception of themselves and who is shaping it.

Wake Up Church: National Service and the Crossroads of Faith and Justice

Wayne Meisel | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

I cannot yet tell what is more alarming. The fact that the architects of this National Service strategy have such a limited view of the role that faith communities have played and still play or that it appears that religious leaders have little idea that this service work is going on.

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.

5 Reasons to Attend Church Regularly

Rick McDaniel | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

I believe that going to church is something that is extremely valuable, is extremely important and is something that should be practiced by anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ.

In Praise of Secular Church Services (Written by a Former Minister)

Jerry DeWitt | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Jerry DeWitt

I believe that there's nothing wrong with borrowing from -- or adopting -- certain aspects of religious tradition and making them work within a secular context.

WATCH: Transgender Methodist Clergyman Shares His Story

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.28.2013 | Religion

Rev. David Weekley hid his identity as a transgendered person for 28 years, until he finally revealed his secret in 2009, becoming one of the first op...

The S&M of the Evangelical Church

Leonard Wrigley | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Leonard Wrigley

Bondage. From the point of view of some gay men, and perhaps some women too, it may very well not be a bad thing at all. Whatever tickles your pickle, right? But in the evangelical Pentecostal church in which I grew up, a different type of bondage was a very bad thing indeed.

A Big Mistake Ministry Teams Make

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Is my team sufficiently challenged? If they are, then their gifts and capacities are being stretched and utilized. If they are not, the team is, at least in some ways, probably languishing.

The Institution May Be Dying, But The Need Is Not

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

No matter what denomination or faith tradition, organized religion is declining. And yet people still yearn for a connection to their spiritual core, a relationship with the reality beyond themselves.

Why Separate Church And State?

Benjamin Barer | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Benjamin Barer

It is a basic, knee-jerk reaction in the Western world to rail against any politician who seeks to justify a position by referencing their faith. I wonder, however, how we have gotten away with perpetuating this misconception that somehow our religious traditions do not have anything constructive to contribute to our political realities.

How Much Can The Christian Church Embrace?

John Backman | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
John Backman

For years, the Church has been challenged in this direction. It has learned to embrace women in leadership. It is learning to embrace people of diverse sexual and gender orientations. In the process, we have left behind or reinterpreted ideas that we once thought sacrosanct.

Faith-filled Responses to Suicide

Rev. Mary Robin Craig | Posted 05.24.2013 | Home
Rev. Mary Robin Craig

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIf we are people of faith, we are called to embody the recklessly abundant love of a God from whom nothing can separate us. Not depression, not the consequences of mental illness, not death by suicide. We can do better for those who suffer.

Uncomfortable Truths: Where Are The Great Leaders?

Bradley Foster | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Bradley Foster

You don't have to be an expert in leadership to see that there is a critical shortage of great leaders in the world today. Problems we face are not being addressed by "leaders" we have.

Five Tips For Ministry After A Natural Disaster

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

During Irene I learned so much about what was and was not helpful during a natural disaster. With the recent destruction in Oklahoma, I offer these five suggestions to people of faith who wish to respond.

Christian Salvation As Pentecost

Morgan Guyton | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

In the prophecy from Joel that Peter quotes on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2, God makes an incredible promise: "I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh." What if this statement is taken as the centerpiece of God's salvation of humanity and the world?

The New Pharaohs?

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

Here we are, Black American church folk and Shabbat observing Jews. We are the children of those who suffered in the sweltering house of bondage. And many of us have become Pharaohs.

Cardinal Dolan, It's Not About Being Fat Or Bald

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 06.30.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Having determined that "in the public square ... the days of fat, balding Irish bishops are over," Cardinal Timothy Dolan has chosen, as his stand-in, a woman who seems the very model of a modern media messenger from the political right. If Dolan had more confidence in his message, he wouldn't need her.

What's Wrong With Having a Little Faith?

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 06.18.2013 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

In a world where so many people search desperately for something to believe in, how can I or anyone judge someone harshly for simply having faith?

Getting Through Your Gethsemanes

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

The final week in Jesus' life included especially great depths and heights: He faced a dark night of the soul in Gethsemane, a torturous cross and, ultimately, a glorious resurrection. Identifying with Jesus in His journey keeps us focused and faithful in ours.

What's The Character Of Your Church?

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

I am increasingly convinced that there are three kinds of churches and that these three church types exist across denominations and worship styles, from small churches to megachurches, in rural and urban settings alike.