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7 Reasons Not to Freak Out About Protestant Mainline Decline

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Year-over-year, our loss of Total and Participating Membership sits close to 20 percent, but that our Average Worship Attendance is only a little over 4 percent. That is a shocking loss to absorb in a single year.

Whatever Happened to Inclusive Language?

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

Inclusive and expansive language means I get to hear the poetry of today and yesterday and my capacity to imagine God at work in the world expands. I wish the new generations of clergy in The Episcopal Church would take a page from the mother church I witnessed this week.

Keep Calm and Let It Go

Bishop Prince Singh | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Bishop Prince Singh

After the recent announcement of the Church of England Synod's decision to approve the appointment of women bishops, I couldn't help but say to myself, "Keep calm and hurry up already!"

40 Years Ago, Women!

Pierre Whalon | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Pierre Whalon

On July 29, 1974, at the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, three retired bishops ordained eleven women to the priesthood.

Remembering The 'Philadelphia 11'

Religion News Service | Heather Adams | Posted 07.26.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) On July 29, 1974, in Philadelphia, 11 women broke rank and were ordained as the first female priests in the Episcopal Church. They be...

Planting Seeds of Change as LGBT Christians - from El Salvador to North America

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 07.24.2014 | Religion
Richard M. Weinberg

That any church these days would take the step toward full inclusion of the LGBT community is courageous. That the Salvadoran Episcopal Church's Sexual Diversity Ministry even exists is a miracle to behold.

A Call for Compassion for Children Arriving From Central America

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

We all know that where a child is born shouldn't determine how long she lives, but it does. However, we must remember that under God, there is a universal citizenship -- a status that makes us all equal under His eyes and worthy of love, dignity and respect.

Former Monk Wins $259,800,000 Lottery

AP | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man with a winning $259 million Powerball ticket claimed what officials are calling the largest jackpot ever won in Tennes...

Trans Priest Shares Message Of Acceptance At Washington National Cathedral

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) - An Episcopal chaplain on Sunday became the first openly transgender priest to preach at the historic National Cathed...

The Fault in Our Stars and Death

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Green's novel (now a movie) confronts the question at the heart of this encounter, one which we all must eventually face: how do we honestly talk about life while remaining fully conscious of our death.

Washington National Cathedral Welcomes First Trans Priest To Preach

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge will make history on Sunday, June 22, as the first openly transgender priest to preach at the historic Washington National ...

Top Ten Q&As About God, Jesus, the Bible & LGBT People

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 08.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Here's the 2014 version of my annual Pride Month FAQs about God, Jesus, the Bible and Gay People -- offered in hopes that together we truly can be the change we want to see in the world, and in rebuttal to the rabid rhetoric of the anti-gay religious right.

Be a Witness

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

In John 3:11 Jesus says: "We speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen," in response to a question of how we can be born from above or as...

On the Abducted Schoolgirls in Nigeria

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

The Episcopal Church is horrified at the violence perpetrated against innocent schoolgirls in Nigeria, and the willingness of those who should be addressing this to look the other way.

Advice from Mom: It's Never Too Late... Until It Is

Mary Novaria | Posted 07.07.2014 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

My bliss is different from my mom's. I don't have a bucket list and I don't have a manic need to rush out and make grand plans. What does feel compelling and urgent is that I embrace what is, that I don't worry so much, that I stay present and grateful.

What Gene Robinson's Divorce Teaches Us About Marriage

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

There is always sadness in the news that a marriage has ended in divorce. Whatever the circumstances, a divorce marks the death of the dream of happily-ever-after and the end of a relationship that was entered into with hope, joy and the intention that it be until-death-do-us-part.

Gay Bishop Announces Divorce

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Bishop Gene Robinson, whose 2003 election as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop rocked Anglican Communion, has announced his divorce from his...

Lights Go on Part XVII: The Glory of Myth

Thomas Bähler | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

Arnold's definition of myth nailed it for me. It has has lived within me since that evening. He stated, "It is my belief that myth is not a true story." The rationalists offered nods which stopped short as he finished with this: "Myth is a story that is true."

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.

Is Jesus' Message His Death or His Life?

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Holy Week should not be interpreted to mean that we are responsible for the death of Christ, or that God's honor would be offended if he simply forgave our sins, or that the point of Jesus' life was his suffering and death, or that this death magically erases the consequences of what we actually have done.

For Holy Week: The Gospel According to Debby Boone

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

I'm not sure what finally convinced me to click on it but I did. And what I heard was a red carpet interview with Debby Boone about why she was there in support of the GLAAD Awards and her own journey toward embracing the full inclusion of LGBT people.

Easter Message 2014

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

The tomb is empty, and nobody knows where the body is. Mary Magdalene tells the others about the mysterious disappearance, but they give up and go home.

How One Woman Left Nursing To Follow A Courageous New Career Path

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.25.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Of all the profiles that I came across while compiling information for this series on boomer and reinvention, Patrice Fike's was the most unique.

Can Heaven Be "Revealed"?

Pierre Whalon | Posted 05.14.2014 | Books
Pierre Whalon

Skeptics must themselves confront the logical fallacy of claiming that such experiences are impossible, since the brain is the origin of the mind, and a dead brain produces nothing.

Lent and Time

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

The nineteenth century philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, describes the world as a poem written by God, a poem in which the poet actually participate...