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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...

Faith And Service: Healing The Great Divorce

Wayne Meisel | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

As service became a defining aspect of growing up in America, the infrastructure moved from the church to the schools and became so secularized that conversations around faith were discouraged -- even taboo.

And Here's To You, Bishop Robinson

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 01.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

The legacy Bishop Robinson leaves as he concludes his ministry is greater than being the first openly gay bishop in the history of Christendom. It is a legacy of using the platform of privilege to make a difference for anyone who has been told that they are outside the light of God's love.

Jaweed Kaleem

Gay Rights Activists Keep Close Eye On New Anglican Leader | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.10.2012 | Religion

For nearly a decade, the 77 million-member Anglican church has been caught in an internal tug-of-war over gender and sexuality: The liberal U.S. Episc...

Bishop 'Abandons' Church Over Gay Blessing Stance

Goose Creek Patch | Lindsay Street | Posted 10.22.2012 | Gay Voices

An independent news blog for S.C. Episcopalians has reported that S.C. Bishop Mark Lawrence has been temporarily banned from acting as a bishop and pr...

Diocese Of South Carolina Disaffiliates From The Episcopal Church

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 10.19.2012 | Religion

(RNS) The Diocese of South Carolina announced on Wednesday (Oct. 17) that it has disaffiliated from the Episcopal Church, escalating a long-running sk...

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Bishop Robinson Wants to Change Hearts and Minds | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 12.03.2012 | Religion

After a tumultuous decade that featured death threats and bullet-proof vests as well as a wedding to his partner of 25 years, Bishop Gene Robinson will be stepping down from his seat on December 31 of this year. But his work continues.

Awesome Blessing For Kids Going Back To School

Posted 08.24.2012 | Religion

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church recently held their 4th annual Backpack Blessing where over 75 children and their backpacks were blessed. When ...

Welcoming The Elephants To Tampa

Bishop Dabney T. Smith | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Bishop Dabney T. Smith

It's not very often that you see a church newsletter issued with the image of a GOP elephant holding a pirate flag, but that's what one of Tampa's Episcopal churches, St. Andrew's, published last week to indicate its welcome of the Republican National Convention.

The New Episcopalian

Mark Osler | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Mark Osler

In the past few months I have read several agonized reports on the supposed death throes of the Episcopal Church. I have traveled in the opposite direction from those who have left the Episcopal church, and am glad that I have.

Climbing The Fence Between Fear And Possibility

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Together let us climb that fence. Together let us claim the future. Together let us make the impossible possible as we work to reconcile division, to transform injustice and to urge the lost onto the road home.

An Invitation To Collective Prayer For Aurora Shooting Victims

Bishop Robert O'Neill | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Bishop Robert O'Neill

It goes without saying that those who are wounded, those who have died, the families of victims and emergency responders are in need of our prayer. But I would add that a call to prayer is far more than a polite and consoling gesture.

My Liberal Christian Church Is Not Dying

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 09.21.2012 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

Though it may seem self-evident that declining church attendance is evidence of something gone wrong, would we rather see churches that accommodate society's ills grow?

Can 'Liberal' Christianity Be Saved? It Already Is.

Michele Somerville | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

To measure the vitality of "liberal Christianity" as one might measure the robustness of a business -- in terms of number of consumers, conversions, baptism and vocations -- is to miss the point of what a church actually is.

Episcopal Church Urges Congress to Dump DOMA. So What?

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Does it really matter what a bunch of Episcopalians have to say to Congress about marriage equality? And what do we say to those who question whether the church should be "messing in politics?" Here are a few quick answers.