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Why Fireworks Make Me Cry

David W. Peters | Posted 09.06.2013 | Impact
David W. Peters

The noises sound hostile and angry to me. I see arms and legs shattering the bodies of people I know in every red, white, and blue explosion. I don't try to hide from them, I just start to weep.

Three Reasons for Celebrating Pride

John Beddingfield | Posted 08.08.2013 | Gay Voices
John Beddingfield

Though I cannot adequately apologize for the sloppy theology and biblical illiteracy inflicted on so many LGBT people, I can stand with others of faith and try to convey the experience and grace that God loves us more than we can possibly imagine.

FAQs About God, Jesus, the Bible and Gay People

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Here's the 2013 version of my annual update to "Frequently Asked Questions 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.

On Top Of The Magic Flagpole Of Celebrity

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 07.28.2013 | Celebrity
Malcolm Boyd

"If I should make just one slip, I'd slide down the entire way. There was no escaping the feeling that some people far below apparently hated me. "

Giving Thanks For All Who Have Worn 'The Uniform'

Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D.

This Memorial Day, I give thanks to God for my father, and all those in this country who have worn a uniform and worn it well. "O God, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy."

Jaweed Kaleem

Royal Wedding Officiant Visits US

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion

In his 36 years as a priest in the Church of England, the Rev. John Hall never thought he would become best-known for being part of a wedding. But ...

Whom Do We Forgive -- And For What?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

I've realized that I'm no saint when it comes to human relations. At times I've tried as hard as I could to be loving and open and understanding. When I failed, I have tried again. Maybe a substitute word for "forgive" is "understand."

Yanking Us Bald Headed Into Life

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

Eastern Orthodox icons of the resurrection do not show risen Jesus alone. Instead, they show Jesus reaching down to grasp Adam and Eve and pull them also from their tombs. Jesus is yanking them bald headed.

All Eyes On Texas, S.C. Church Property Fights

Religion News Service | G. Jeffrey MacDonald | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion

(RNS) When disgruntled congregations have left hierarchical denominations such as the Episcopal Church, they've often lost property battles as civil c...

Live For The Least Of These During Lent

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

As you engage this Lent, I would encourage you to pray, to fast, to act in solidarity with those who go without. Learn more, give alms, share what you have. Be conscious about what you eat.

Three Years After Earthquake, Haitians Are Eager to Move Beyond Tent Cities

Rev. Joseph Murrenz Constant | Posted 03.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Joseph Murrenz Constant

For Haiti, it will take years to recover from both the emotional and physical turmoil of the earthquake. But today, as we reflect on the last three years, we give God thanks for the endurance and resilience of the people of Haiti.

Why I'm So Excited About The Gay Weddings At The National Cathedral

Bernadette Coveney Smith | Posted 03.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Bernadette Coveney Smith

The National Cathedral is the second largest cathedral in the country, and it's been dubbed by Congress as the "National House of Prayer." It's a symbol of Christian faith in America. And now it lets the gays marry. If that's not a step toward equality, I don't know what is.

National Cathedral To Perform Gay Weddings

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

The Washington National Cathedral had been ready to embrace same-sex marriage for some time, though it took a series of recent events and a new leader...

Meet Boston's Transgender Priest Turned University Chaplain

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

“I seemed to need to pass through a certain kind of fear before I could embrace a fuller vocation to contribute to conversations on trans and wider ...

First Openly Gay Bishop Reflects On Historic Tenure

AP | LYNNE TUOHY | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson says he chafed for several years at being branded the first openly gay bishop of the Ang...

Conversation With A Spiritual Icon

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Certain individuals usher us into great moments in our lives. I was a guest speaker at a Kentucky campus in the early 1960s when, to my surprise, I received an invitation to visit one of the world's renowned religious leaders, Thomas Merton.

Living Within An Interfaith Framework

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Salam Al Marayati

For religious communities in America, our message is simple: To be religious in the 21st century means you have to be inter-religious. 

What MLK Still Has To Say

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Today, it is apparently easier to place King back in history than to live with what he still has to say. But when it comes to peace and justice, MLK is as unyielding in death as he was in life.

From Religious Polarization To Religious Peacemaking

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Salam Al Marayati

For religious communities in America, our message is simple: To be religious in the 21st century means you have to be inter-religious.

Supreme Court Steps Up On Marriage Equality Cases

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Today we rejoice in this opportunity for our Justices to affirm our Constitution's promises of liberty, equality and human dignity as we watch the arc of the moral universe continue to bend toward justice.

Our Future In The Making: All Saints And MPAC

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

We can change that dynamic. We can make the decision to stop sleepwalking, to wake up to reality, to embrace the inter-connectedness that binds us all, no matter what religion or race.

What Are You Waiting For During Advent?

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Is it an opportunity to meet the surprising around you? Is it an opportunity to reflect on what is most needed in your heart and in the world around you? How are you going to wait for that gift?

Trying To Make Sense Of God's Judgment

John Backman | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
John Backman

Bible readings in November are drag us unremittingly through the Book of Revelation. Much of the book's wild symbolism portrays God's vengeance upon evil. It's pretty horrible reading for postmodern folks like us. Can we scrap it and just feel the love?

A Seriously Sad Day For The Church Of England

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Yesterday, the Church of England confused "unity" with "unison" and voted down a compromise resolution that would have ended centuries of discrimination against women as bishops while leaving a place to stand for those who disagree.

Episcopal Leader Says S.C. Diocese Can't Secede

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 11.21.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said Thursday (Nov. 15) that the Diocese of South Carolina can't unilaterally secede from t...