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Hispanic Catholic Trends

Martin Marty | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Many Catholics are looking for and hoping for the "Pope Francis Effect" to have its effect on attendance at mass and other Catholic parish activities. To date this effect has failed to materialize.

Alban Institute Closes After Forty Years

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 03.21.2014 | Religion

(RNS) As mainline Protestant denominations continue decades of decline, one of the main institutions helping educate its leaders announced Wednesday (...

Mainline Churches: Past, Present, Future

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

What is in store for the Mainline Protestant churches, as well as for the more evangelical, fundamentalist, and/or charismatic Protestant denominations and independent churches? Reason might suggest that both groups should move a little to the religious middle.

Bob Edgar: A Christian for the Common Good (1943-2013)

Morgan Guyton | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Bob believed in democracy, and he believed that Christians should fight for the common good. It was devastating to learn of his sudden death this week in a dark time when his prophetic vision has never been more sorely needed.

Mainline Protestantism: Numbers Count, But Prestige Matters More

Elesha Coffman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Elesha Coffman

It's useful to recall this longstanding association between the Protestant mainline and the Christian intelligentsia as stories enumerating mainline decline pile up.

George McGovern And The Social Gospel Movement To End Hunger

Chris Herlinger | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

The death of George McGovern -- the son of a Methodist minister and himself briefly a seminary student at a Methodist institution -- is a reminder of the good of that Protestant reform impulse, rooted in the Social Gospel movements of the early and mid-20th century.

'Nones' On The Rise: How Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Churches Are Creating Their Own Demise

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I've always felt we religiously unaffiliated "Nones" were a tiny minority. But here we are, surging in an America that's been steeped in religious dogma, where Republican politics has been overrun by zealots hellbent on controlling women's bodies and discriminating against gays.

The Candle or the Mirror: Living Out Faith in an Era of Agnosticism

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 12.14.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Haven't we all met the Christian who's so compelling to us that his or her presence inspires our faith? And haven't we also met that sister or brother whose words, actions or attitudes cause us to literally doubt our faith?

Reaching Out To Young Adults Will Screw Up Your Church

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 07.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

While many mainline churches say "we want young people," they don't really. If young adults actually showed up and joined their church for good, the change they'd naturally bring with them would be stark, even off-putting.

Voices Of The Faithful: Belief In Resurrection At Core Of Christian Identity

David Briggs | Posted 06.05.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

Even as U.S. Christians have changed their views dramatically on issues such as same-sex marriage and women clergy, they have overwhelming held fast with the traditional view of the resurrection.

Killing the Church by Denigrating the Immediacy of God

Eliot Daley | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Eliot Daley

We are smothering God. And our church. We're engaged in an unholy combination of implicit theocide and communal suicide.

Will 'Love Wins' Win? We're Early In The First Inning ...

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

I imagine Rob Bell feels a lot like I have on many occasions: it's not that the critics have understood what I'm trying to say and have explained why they disagree. They've misrepresented what I'm trying to say and have explained why the misrepresentation is audacious and ludicrous.

God In Wisconsin: Scott Walker's "Obedience"

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Walker is listening to One Person and One Person only: Jesus speaking directly to him. God, evidently, has directed him on his current path.

Jim Bakker and the Counterfeit Hell Robbers

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Daniel Krotz

The point is not that Televangelists are scoundrels, or that many Christian pastors are hypocrites, but that these grand ministry failures represent examples of what many mainstream churches have, in desperation, come to believe is relevant.

The Mainline Church: A Confusing Yet Hopeful Future

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

The future is uncertain, but I'm convinced that there is a future for the essence of mainline Christianity -- a healthy, meaningful future that will continue to play a role both in society and in the hearts and minds of individuals.

Barack Obama and the (progressive) Religious Revival

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Barack Obama's transition team is ringing in the New Year with a series of meetings with religious groups. It is striking that the names that dominat...