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How to Break Free from Organized Religion

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Thee purpose of all religion is to free you, and to bring order out of chaos. When a religion ceases to free you, you need freedom from religion.

One Congregation, One Family

Street Sense | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Street Sense

The eight representatives from DC faith communities are engaged in a fierce debate over whether or not to buy an expensive pair of NIKE shoes.

What Schism? Gay, Lesbian Issues Rarely Cause Serious Conflict in Local Congregations

David Briggs | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

If there ever was a likelihood that issues of gay rights would provoke a major split in U.S. Christianity, it appears that time may have passed.

How to Be a Pentecost Church: Five Pointers for Congregations

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

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

Studies: It Is Most Blessed to Give and to Receive

David Briggs | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Congregants who only gave help to other members were twice as likely to fully trust their fellow worshipers as participants who neither gave nor received help. Members who only received help were nearly three times as likely to have the same high level of trust. But it was the combination of both that made the biggest difference.

Engaging Young Leaders for Service

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 07.12.2014 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, Millennials are very interested in leadership. They want it and they want to own it, by being given the autonomy and authority to act and implement.

10 Ways to Support Your Congregation's Pastor

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Recently another of my clergy colleagues told me they were thinking about leaving the ministry. This happens more often than you might think.

Lutherans Adopt 'The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries'

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

The statement affirms the fundamental principles of the U.S. criminal justice system, such as due process of law and the presumption of legal innocence, and it also recognizes serious deficiencies.

7 Signs of a Gay-Friendly Congregation

David Briggs | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

It is difficult to stereotype. Individual congregations, not denominations, ultimately decide how they will respond to gay and lesbian worshippers.

Letter to the Minister and the Congregation

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

(This article is meant primarily for minsters and members of their congregations, but others may also learn from it.) I was standing at the rear of ...

Silent Clergy Killers: 'Toxic' Congregations Lead To Widespread Job Loss

David Briggs | Posted 06.24.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

Months of suffering traumatic and demeaning psychological and emotional abuse as they are slowly being forced out of their pulpits due to congregational conflict, Tanner said, "is a really, really horrible process."

Will Politicians Listen to Pastors?

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Our country is in the midst of a clash between two competing moral visions, between those who believe in the common good, and those who believe individual good is the only good. It's time our leaders in Washington listen to someone other then themselves.

It Takes A Movement: The Next Steps

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Neither the left nor the right has the answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and moral values that bring us together.

Mary Glasspool Approved: Episcopal Church OKs Election Of Second Gay Bishop

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

LOS ANGELES — The Episcopal Church has approved the election of a lesbian assistant bishop in the Diocese of Los Angeles, making her the second ...

Biblical Social Justice and Glenn Beck

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Glenn Beck says Christians should leave their social justice churches, so I say Christians should leave Beck. Beck attacks the very heart of our Christian faith, and Christians should no longer watch his show.