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Losing My Religion

Karl Wilder | Posted 08.21.2014 | New York
Karl Wilder

I don't remember the first time Bob hit me. My life was suffering. Our entire family suffered. When the abuse was not physical it was verbal, mental and all-consuming. I learned the commandments and the Lord's prayer, and always I prayed.

Not Interfaith Marriage, Two-Faith Marriage

Abraham Gutman | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion
Abraham Gutman

Many American Jewish leaders fear that interfaith relationships will be the downfall of the Jewish community. But from the perspective of a Jewish guy that fell in love with a Christian girl, my marriage is not the problem. The Jewish community is.

Today We Are Closer: Lutherans Elect First Female Bishop

Nadia Bolz-Weber | Posted 10.17.2013 | Religion
Nadia Bolz-Weber

As much as I long to never again be asked to speak about being a woman in ministry, and as much as I want the day to come when the gender of clergy is not in any way interesting, we are not there yet.

Do Christian Denominations Have a Future?

David Lose | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Despite my obvious denominational loyalty I'm not sure Christian denominations have a future -- or whether they even should. Here are five reasons that I not only suspect the day of denominations has passed.

A Battleground District in a Battleground State

Rev. Angela Zimmann, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Rev. Angela Zimmann, Ph.D.

Welcome to the 2012 election cycle in Northwest Ohio's 5th district, a historically Republican area in a battleground state. Enter re-districting (100...

Pan Am Memories of My Adventures to Tokyo and Kyoto

Carole Mallory | Posted 03.18.2012 | Home
Carole Mallory

At Tokyo's airport I kissed Michael 'goodbye' and gave him my address in New York, but after a few letters, I never heard from him again. 'Tokyo Michael' was how I remembered him and don't regret one moment we spent together.

A German Town Mourns Its Holocaust Past: The DP Camp Story, Part 2

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.14.2012 | Home
Bernard Starr

A commissioned stained-glass window dedicated to the Holocaust portrays a gas chamber scene and bears a Star of David. To all who enter the church, it's a stark reminder of past atrocities

Ohio Pastor Elected To Lead Breakaway Lutheran Church

Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion

By Jack Jenkins Religion News Service (RNS) Members of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) have elected an Ohio pastor as their new head bis...

The Catholic Celibacy Crisis

Maureen Fiedler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Maureen Fiedler

Priestly celibacy is not dogma. It is simply a disciplinary practice, and could be changed literally with a flick of the papal pen. So, why wait?

Christ The King: Redefining Glory

Elizabeth E. Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Elizabeth E. Evans

This past Sunday, churches in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran traditions marked the holy day of Christ the King. Appropriately enough, it marks the end of the long Pentecost season.

Gay Pastors Reinstated: Rev. Bradley Schmeling And Partner Return To Clergy Roster

AP | KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

ATLANTA — A gay Atlanta pastor and his partner who have been at the center of a battle over the treatment of gay clergy by the nation's largest Luth...

Conan O'Brien Takes Shots; Leno's Chin Unharmed

Scott Janssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Scott Janssen

Perhaps Leno can do a free show for Conan O'Brien's staff and all their families the next time he decides to do a comedy tour (when he isn't too busy serving as NBC's puppet).

Man Fatally Shoots Wife At Washington Church

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Police in Washington state say a man who accompanied his wife to a church for a counseling session shot the woman several t...

The Unseen And Unknowable Has No Place In Science

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Michael Johnson

For those of you who grew up being taught to believe in unseen and unknowable forces but are now feeling like you've been hoodwinked, don't be afraid to say so.

Lutheran Bishops Prepare To Welcome Gay Clergy

pewforum.org | Daniel Burke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

ishops in the nation's largest Lutheran denomination have approved preliminary steps to welcome a group of openly gay and lesbian ministers as officia...

Sex and the Single Minister

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rev. Debra Haffner

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's emphasis on "committed, lifelong relationships" leaves out the single minister, the divorced minister, the widowed minister -- whether gay, straight, or bisexual -- who must still adhere to a standard of celibacy.

Conversations With (And About) God

Mark Joseph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Joseph

Another friend, actress, comedian and now author, Susan Isaacs wrote, "I could take alcohol or leave it. After I ran out on God, I took alcohol more than I left it. And I kept taking it."