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Needed: Another Christmas Truce

Bishop James Magness | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

This year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI -- or the Great War -- in Europe. In the midst of this commemoration, we will do well to remember the remarkable Christmas Truce of 1914.

The Tyranny of Orthodoxy

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Benjamin Brenkert

As an openly gay Jesuit I sought ordination to the priesthood publicly acknowledging that I could not serve with integrity and not be allowed to bless same-sex unions through sacramental marriage.

Christmas Message 2014: May Christ Be Born Anew in You This Christmastide

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Advent leads us into darkness and decreasing light. Our bodies slow imperceptibly with shorter days and longer nights, and the merriness and frantic activity around us are often merely signs of eager hunger for light and healing and wholeness.

The Stones Cry Out

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 12.04.2014 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

We believe quite simply that Black Lives Matter. We say Black, not All, because the sacredness of all life isn't on the line right now in the United States of America. Some of us are extremely vulnerable to the police, and if we are found dead, we will be criminalized in retrospect, not mourned.

Finding Sanctuary

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

In the world of Christians there is a difference of opinion as to where salvation happens. Salvation is understood as reconciliation to our true state in God. For some that's all about social justice. For some that's all about personal holiness.

Episcopal Diocese Plans Slave Trade Museum In Closed Church

AP | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island wants to open a slave trade museum and a national center for reconciliation in its now-c...

Former 'Angry Atheist' Steps In As Rector Of Houston Episcopal Church

Houston Chronicle | ALLAN TURNER | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion

HOUSTON (AP) — As an electrical engineer and a self-professed "angry atheist," Clay Lein had no truck with religion. God, he was convinced, was fool...

A House of Prayer for All (as in 'All') People

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 11.14.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Due to the marvels of modern technology, this morning I was able to sit in my living room in Southern California and watch the livestream of the service of Muslim Friday Prayers (Jumu'ah) from that very National Cathedral in a service that emphasized the "all" in "all people."

The Sounds Of Muslim Prayers Filled The Washington National Cathedral On Friday

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.14.2014 | Religion

On Friday, the the Washington National Cathedral was filled with the sounds of Muslim prayers. Muslims and people of other religious traditions hav...

General Theological Seminary Resolves Faculty Dispute... Kind Of

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 11.08.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The future of the Episcopal Church’s flagship General Theological Seminary remains unclear, even as trustees agreed this week to reinstate mos...

Christians Can Vote, and More!

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

Jesus was killed as an enemy of the state. If that is not political, then the word has no meaning. One cannot be properly religious, or at least, religious the way Jesus was religious, and be ignorant of or irrelevant to the ruling powers.

An All Saints Ode to the Outrageous Expectations of an Extravagant God

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

My house is appropriately decked with jack-o-lanterns in the window, a bowl of candy is on the counter ready for any goblins who stop by this evening and the "Happy Halloween" yard flag is flying off the porch.

The Ministry of Reconciliation

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

In churches like mine, we are usually wary of the word reconciliation (ironic, see 2 Corinthians 5). We are wary because it has often been used by those in power to quiet dissent, thinking that reconciliation equals civility.

Is There Room in the Church for Non-Believers?

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

I believe there is something about experiencing the ancient liturgy that can take us to another part of our being, deep into our spiritual selves -- whether one can recite the Nicene Creed in good conscience or not.

Striking Professors At General Theological Seminary Respond Positively To School's Offer

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion

The eight General Theological Seminary professors who have been on strike over working conditions at the New York City school have tentatively agreed ...

On Gays, the Vatican and the Episcopal Church

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

In terms of God's justice, we may have moved too slow and too late but we kept moving. And it's taken us nearly 40 years. Forty years of steps forward and steps back. But we've kept on moving ... and after nearly 40 years in the wilderness I do believe we can see the Promised Land of full inclusion on the horizon.

Hope For General Theological Seminary As Board Will Consider Rehiring Faculty

Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The embattled General Theological Seminary will keep its controversial dean and has offered to negotiate employment possibilities with ...

Remembering Bishop Tom Shaw: 'God Depends on Us for That'

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

God depended on Tom Shaw for that and Tom Shaw never disappointed. Now it's our job to take the baton -- to carry the torch -- to keep up the work ... taking risks, speaking out in big ways and small ways. Because eventually the tide will turn. And God is depending on us to turn it.

Making #SpiritDay 24/7, Not Just 10/16

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

What do we do tomorrow? When the purple is back in the closet (so to speak) and kids are still at risk and homophobia and transphobia are still real and present and bullying and killing our youth?

Yale's Ousted Episcopal Chaplain: 'I Don't Think My Letter Was Hateful'

Tablet | Mark Oppenheimer | Posted 10.10.2014 | Religion

On Aug. 25, 2014, Fr. Bruce Shipman, the chaplain of the Episcopal Church at Yale University, in a letter to the editor of the New York Times, wrote t...

Creating Creationists: Cutting Out the Middle in the Science-Religion Dialogue

David Briggs | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The debate about whether science and religion are adversaries often misses the fact that many people are comfortable both with their faith and the idea God plays a role in the universe.

What The Hell Is Happening At General Theological Seminary?

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion

Faculty members at the country’s oldest Episcopal seminary are facing off against the school’s President, blasting him for his allegedly bullying,...

The Madness of Rev. Kurt Dunkle and the Trustees of General Theological Seminary

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

A few days ago, eight faculty members at the General Theological Seminary in New York went on strike until their one demand was met. What was that demand? A meeting. As of this morning, they have all been fired.

These Are The Religious Denominations That Ordain Women

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion

The stained glass ceiling is proving hard to crack--but women are refusing to give up. Although studies have shown that women are more religious ...

Episcopal Church's Katharine Jefferts Schori Will Not Seek Re-Election

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman elected to head a national branch of the worldwide Anglica...