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Hyde Amendment: 38 Year Legacy of Interference With Religious Liberty and Values

Rev. Kelli Clement | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kelli Clement

I believe that a woman, no matter what her economic circumstances, should have access to safe and dignified reproductive health care. I believe that a woman facing an unintended pregnancy is best suited to make decisions for herself and her family.

Orthodox Synagogue Plans To Hire Woman As Clergy Member -- But Won't Call Her A Rabbi

Jewish Journal | Jared Sichel | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion

In what would be an unprecedented move among Orthodox synagogues in Los Angeles, Congregation B’nai David-Judea plans to hire a woman clergy member ...

Vice President in Charge of Revolution

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

For decades I've been moved -- in deep, deep ways -- by things this book is clearly trying to tell me about who we are and how we got that way.

Letter to Hollywood -- I Don't Have a Beard or Side Curls and I Look Just Like You: American Judaism's Image Problem

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

Why do the entertainment and advertising industries need us to look like hasids or caricatures of Jewishness? Why is the image of a female rabbi, or a clean-shaven, young, attractive male rabbi with all his hair so rare? Why do they insist on "other-ing" us?

Spiritual Colonic

Edie Weinstein | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

I wear many professional hats: journalist, author, therapist, speaker, minister, healer, radio show host social worker, PR goddess, reiki master and ...

Why Did I Become A Rabbi?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

American Jews have the highest proportion of college-educated adults in America. The assumption of many parents is that their child will enter the legal, financial or medical profession. Entering the clergy deviates from this pattern. A rabbi is simply not a popular job for American Jewish boy.

A Female Dalai Lama?

Michaela Haas | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Michaela Haas

The papacy won't be a mamacy any time soon, but at least we know that Her Holiness is an option.

Questions For Pope Francis On Holy Thursday

Mary C. Johnson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Mary C. Johnson

The decisions made during Francis' first Holy Thursday as pope will signal much about just what sort of father Francis will be: a loving one who values his daughters as much as his sons, who truly listens and is willing to admit his own mistakes, or a father who signals merely a shift in papal style but not in substance?

Pink Smoke And Protestant Popes

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

The key to achieving the reform so desperately needed by both Catholic and Protestant churches was right under Pope Francis' nose the moment he stepped out on the Vatican balcony. Clues can be found in a cloud of pink smoke and in the legacy of his patron saint, Francis of Assisi.

How I Broke Free From Religion And Embraced My Sexuality

Angie Schuller Wyatt | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion
Angie Schuller Wyatt

I have felt marginalized by religion in my life. As a child, my family passed the pulpit from father to son. As an adult, I struggled to climb ministry's version of a corporate ladder. But despite feeling excluded, I found my way.

Women's History Month And God's Call

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

If you are a woman feeling called into ordained ministry or other church leadership, know that there are many sisters and brothers in Christ who will support and love you in your journey.

A Male View Of The Female Side Of God

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

When editor Gloria Steinem invited a male to write a cover story for Ms. magazine, I was him.

Austrian Dissident Priest Stripped Of Title By Vatican

AP | Posted 11.30.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- An Austrian Roman Catholic dissident priest says the Vatican has stripped him of the right to use the title `'monsignor" in an apparen...

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.

Roy Bourgeois Dismissed From Religious Order By Vatican

National Catholic Reporter | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion

By Joshua J. McElwee for the National Catholic Reporter. Roy Bourgeois, a longtime peace activist and priest who had come under scrutiny for his su...

Seventh-Day Adventists Facing Pressure On Allowing Female Clergy

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Two U.S. regional groups of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have recently approved the ordination of women pastors, moving faster than the worl...

Church, Social Media And Chautauqua

Verity A. Jones | Posted 09.30.2012 | Religion
Verity A. Jones

Identity has long been a theme in religion studies and religious thought and practice. How might something like "digital identity" be shaping and reshaping religious life today?

Gunning For The Nuns

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.23.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The Vatican is losing the war of public opinion in the pews. It needs to flex its muscles. It needs to create fresh fear.

Who's Afraid Of Female Priests?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 06.09.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Christian baptism means complete, not partial, church membership. Any kind of churchly caste system is on the shakiest theological grounds. A baptized Christian is equal to any other baptized Christian as a member of the Body of Christ.

Vatican Launches Catholic Home For U.S. Episcopalians

Posted 01.03.2012 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service American Episcopalians upset with their denomination's acceptance of gay and female clergy can now convert t...

Female Jet Pilot? Sure. Preacher? No.

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 10.12.2011 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

I remember telling a vacation bible school teacher that "I was trying to decide between being a minister or a jet pilot." She smiled and said, "Well, girls can be jet pilots, but God only calls men to preach."

Papal Critics

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion
Christopher Brauchli

Father Bourgeois is a priest who is a member of the Maryknoll religious order. In 2008 he participated in the ordination of a woman conducted by a group known as the Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

Pentecost: The Flaming Dove Of Upper Room Roman Catholicism

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.18.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

At the mainstream Roman Catholic mass I attended this past Pentecost Sunday, two prayers for loving acceptance of "homosexual" Catholics were incorporated into the Prayers of the Faithful.

The Oldest Injustice

Christopher Cocca | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

The mistreatment of women is one of the longest-running forms of human wickedness in our history and culture, down to the present. But Christianity ought to be a wellspring of egalitarianism.

Gay Pastors, Female Clergy And The Gospel

Christopher Cocca | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

For too long, many Christians have used spot-checks in Scripture to exclude groups from the radical equality and freedom before God that serve as the base of Jesus' Gospel message.