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An Absurd Peace Plan That Might Work

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

A sense of hopelessness pervades the air as the civilian death count climbs. As usual, civilians bear the brunt of these conflicts. What constructive role can Americans play in bringing this conflict to an end?

Andrew Young's Choice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

After I was arrested with about 90 other Black college students during my senior year at Spelman College in March 1960 for helping organize and participating in student sit-ins at Atlanta's racially segregated restaurants, I wrote in my diary when I returned to Spelman's campus: "SOMETHING WORTH LIVING AND DYING FOR!"

Where Are the Better Angels of Our Nature?

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Most Americans want civility in our politics. Most. But not all. U.S. Rep. Randy Weber was busy being uncivil before the speech even began. I wanted to respond to this as a minister and American -- and did so.

A Wave of Prayer to End Hunger, Protect SNAP

David Beckmann | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
David Beckmann

Christians of the world are calling on our leaders to act. We are not asking for anything more than we know can be done. Join us in prayer at noon on Dec. 10 and together we can create a world in which the lowly are lifted up and the hungry are filled.

A Methodist Inquisition

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

One more United Methodist minister, the Rev. Frank Schaefer, was convicted of performing a marriage of a loving same-gender couple -- his son and his son's beloved.

Shutdown Turns Americans Into Captives in Need of Delivery

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Tea Party Republicans, who so often argue that America is a Christian nation, have turned their back on the most basic of Christian values: concern for those in poverty, compassion, justice, and setting the captives free.

Our Shared Stake in Clean Air, Livable Climate

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 09.28.2013 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

President Obama's plan to take action on climate change is a critical step in protecting communities and our health. It is also a moral obligation we have to our children and future generations.

Why Judy Bright Supported Obamacare

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Like many nurse practitioners, my mother declined to work in the for-profit sector and instead devoted her life to public health. She believed strongly in the need for universal health care -- a cause she felt was a deeply moral issue.

Bob Edgar, Presente

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This is a letter I never imagined writing, and am deeply grief-stricken to be writing. Rev. Bob Edgar, a great public servant and my friend, has died.

Passover/Holy Week: Challenging Climate Pharaohs, Climate Caesars

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

We invite you to draw on that "template" for an action, modifying it as best meets the needs and outlook of your community.

Cash-Strapped National Council Of Churches To Move To D.C.

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 02.15.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The National Council of Churches is moving its headquarters from the historic "God Box" in New York City to Washington, a change that...

Repairing The Breach In The Union

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

The faith community has an important role to play in advancing an agenda that addresses the important moral issues faced by our nation. We have a big job ahead of us but there is hope.

A Common Calling To Prevent Gun Violence

Kathryn M. Lohre | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Kathryn M. Lohre

Pick up the phone on Monday and let our elected leaders know that we're right here, speaking up and speaking out to prevent gun violence.

People Of Faith Should Back Strong Gun Violence Prevention Measures

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

In the end, I believe that the NRA will find out that the Rev. Canon Gary R. Hall, Dean of the National Cathedral, was correct when he said: "I believe the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby."

Let Us Break Bread Together: Table Talk On Thursdays

Wayne Meisel | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

A year from now, let's have more than 100 congregations and other groups follow Wesley Seminary's lead and gather folks around the table for food, fellowship and conversation.

Churches Must Help Nation From Falling Off The Cliff

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Falling off the cliff would mean that we would not only stop progress toward faithful goals but that we would fall further behind as the nation returns to recession and economic turmoil.

Discerning The Future Of The National Council Of Churches Of Christ In The USA

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 06.17.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I believe that emerging church movements will only take root and have a meaningful impact on the world if helpful aspects of our historic church traditions and resources are leveraged in ways that inspire and support them.

Earth-Conscious Quakers Against Mountaintop Removal

Eileen Flanagan | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Eileen Flanagan

In that tradition of non-cooperation with injustice, the Earth Quaker Action Team is launching a new program to encourage people of conscience to stop financing mountaintop removal coal mining.

Dear Mr. President: Another Chance To Fight Poverty

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 03.21.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

I urge you to use this State of the Union Address to speak of hope and change to the millions of Americans -- most of whom are children -- who live in poverty today. We need your voice in this important moment.

Presidential Candidates Should Reject Violent Rhetoric; Embrace Church Call For Civility

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.16.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Perry's comments about Ben Bernanke were unpresidential. More importantly for a candidate who professes that he is called by God to run for the presidency, his comments were un-Christian.

A Christian Response To The Debt Ceiling Crisis

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 08.01.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

When it comes right down to it, the role of the church is NOT to draft legislation and develop policy, but to make sure that those who are called and elected into that role are held accountable.

Blogs, Faith And Norway: Terror And Responsibility

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.24.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Christianity is not to blame. At the same time, we cannot ignore that the fringes of the religious right in the United States have created an atmosphere of intolerance and fear directed at Muslims.

Institute On Religion And Democracy Continues Campaign Of Disinformation

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.12.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

If you have ever heard of the Institute on Religion and Democracy and thought it was a religious organization, you would have been mistaken. Names can be deceiving.

The Spiritually Viral Hunger Fast

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.08.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The hunger fast for a moral budget has gone spiritually viral. Ten days ago, we announced that the budget debate had become a moral crisis. We now have more than 30,000 participants and are still growing.

House GOP Cuts Are Theologically Immoral

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Theologically, these proposed cuts are a sin. They would harm the most vulnerable among us and endanger the planet. There is no getting around it: the House GOP budget is an immoral document.