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Raising Arms

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

The raising hands and the lifting of arms is an act of total surrender. It says, "I give up." It communicates, "I have nothing to hide." It means, "Take me as I am." Most often, it's an act of surrender to a power greater than oneself.

Reflections on the Presbyterian Church General Assembly and How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If one of America's historic mainline churches can respectfully and prayerfully debate important issues like marriage, justice or geopolitical conflicts -- and reach a conclusion graciously -- might this be a turning point in our national debates? I have hope that this is so.

What Schism? Gay, Lesbian Issues Rarely Cause Serious Conflict in Local Congregations

David Briggs | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

If there ever was a likelihood that issues of gay rights would provoke a major split in U.S. Christianity, it appears that time may have passed.

Using Tragedy to Change the Narrative

Nida Khan | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Nida Khan

Until the inhumane treatment of Palestinians is ended, Netanyahu cannot play the victim no matter how hard he may try to spin a situation -- even when he disgustingly uses the deaths of innocent teenagers to do so.

Howard H. Baker Jr.: Teaching Us to Listen

Rick Jacobs | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, the governor of Tennessee and so many others of high office present listened, but did not speak. And after the twenty one-gun salute, after taps, after everyone left the graveside, there stood the simple casket of the simple man who changed the world.

Presbyterian Church Crawling Toward Marriage Equality

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Many Presbyterians jubilantly proclaimed that the Holy Spirit had unquestionably descended upon the 221st General Assembly when commissioners voted to amend the definition of "marriage" in the Book of Order from a union of "a man and a woman" to a union of "two people."

How Resistance To Gay Marriage Melted In The Detroit Heat

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

The reaction to last week's decision taught me that for the LGBTQ community, both within and outside the church, it matters when a historic institution aligns itself on the side of the scorned and oppressed.

Presbyterians Divest from the Israeli Occupation: The End of the Beginning?

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If there is to be a just resolution, some sufficiently potent other groups of people will have to effectively weigh in on the side of the Palestinian victims of occupation.

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterian Church Makes Landmark Decision On Gay Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion

In a monumental move, the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination voted Thursday to change its definition of marriage and allow its pastors to offi...

An Open Letter to Our Presbyterian Friends

Cantor Michael Davis | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Cantor Michael Davis

As religious leaders, we are sensitive to the feelings of those Jews who oppose divestment. But we cannot choose to ignore the daily suffering of Palestinians and the shockingly routine loss of Palestinian life living under Occupation.

The Presbyterian Church's Tough Love of Israel

Sam Bahour | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Sam Bahour

Palestinian civil society and Palestinians -- Christians and Muslims -- have urged everyone interested in seeing peace with justice to divest from the occupation and to invest only where the occupation does not benefit.

Presbyterian Divestment: Contesting Representations of 'the Jewish Community'

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

There's no question that some Jews will be very unhappy if the Presbyterians vote to divest from these three companies. But it's equally clear that the opponents of divestment from the occupation do not speak for all Jews.

Anti-Apartheid Archbishop Calls Presbyterians to Back Divestment from Israeli Occupation

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Robert Naiman

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the leader who more than any other human being alive is associated with the successful use of divestment to help overturn apartheid in South Africa, is calling on Presbyterians to choose divestment from the Israeli occupation.

Gender Neutral and Father's Day

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.15.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

With the gradual acceptance of gay and lesbian couples and the enactment of more and more laws permitting same-sex marriages, are we beginning to see the breakdown of the role of both mothers and fathers in the lives of the family?

Pentecost: Unusual Allies and the New Faces of Ministry

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Next week is General Assembly. Like many other meetings of this kind, these national gatherings often become public displays of division and discord rather than being a time of affirmation and unity.

Presbyterians Poised for Historic Vote Against Israel's Occupation of Palestine

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

The most important reference point for non-Presbyterians to judge the morality and wisdom of the divestment that the Presbyterians are poised to consider is the context of failed diplomatic efforts for the last 20 years to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterian Church's Next Move Could Be A Tipping Point In The Israeli Divestment Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion

When thousands of leaders of the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination meet this week for the church's biennial General Assembly, they'll pore th...

'My Religious Identity Is as Important to Me as My Sexual Identity' (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-05-22-20140521JohnRussellStangersmall.jpgAfter learning that his religion was anti-LGBTQ, John Russell Stanger, now the first openly gay Presbyterian minister ordained in Texas, stayed in the closet even while earning his B.A. in religion. It was in seminary that John figured out that Jesus would in fact be very accepting and loving toward LGBTQ people.

Why Reinhold Niebuhr Supported Israel

Gustav Niebuhr | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Gustav Niebuhr

We believe that Niebuhr's early support for a future Jewish homeland in Palestine, and his practical concerns about the difficulties the project entailed, must be recalled now, when a document fiercely critical of Israel is making its way around the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination.

I'm Proud To Be A Religious Millennial

Garrett Degraffenreid | Posted 05.27.2014 | Teen
Garrett Degraffenreid

I believe that a religious revolution will occur soon, one that embraces the teaching of love that the Christian faith is built around, but does not always exhibit. This revolution will be lead by God-loving millennials like me.

Presbyterians Have It Back-to-Front on Zionism

Lyn Julius | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Lyn Julius

In the neighborhood of Kerem Hateymanim, the bougainvillea spill out over the terraces. The one-story homes, built higgledy-piggledy, jostle for space...

Presbyterian Zionism Study Guide Outrages Jews

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 02.14.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Major Jewish civil rights groups are denouncing a new publication distributed by the Presbyterian Church (USA) that rejects the existence of Isr...

Local & Global: Both/And

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

We were going to get up early, drive nine hours across the Midwest, through countless tollbooths, to stay at a Benedictine monastery, and to get a glimpse of the daily work of the prophetic Joan Chittister. I jumped at the chance.

Do You Really Need Church?

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 10.14.2013 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

From community service projects to book clubs; from outreach to the poor to potlucks; from meditation groups to support groups, he described the many other places that provide much of what the Church used to (and occasionally still does) provide.

In Context: The Wrath of God, the Presbyterian Church, and a New Hymnal

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

The entire conversation about "In Christ Alone" may not have occurred had the Celebrating Grace Baptist hymnal (2010) not published the piece with a verse reading, in part: Till on that cross as Jesus died the love of God was magnified.