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Kitsch Judaism

Rabbi Denise Eger | Posted 10.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Denise Eger

Where is the room for a thoughtful, meaningful, joyful Judaism that has respect and honor for our traditions even as they are evolving?

4 Things to Do About Pew Survey Findings on #JewishAmerica

Jerry Silverman | Posted 12.24.2013 | Religion
Jerry Silverman

If we go by numbers alone, the non-Orthodox American Jewish community is facing an existential crisis. The study clearly demonstrates that we stand at an urgent crossroads for American Jewry, and presents us with a major opportunity.

The Hollywood Effect: R-rated Films, Violent Video Games Tied to Lower Religious Practices for Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

A steady diet of watching movies such as Ted and Saw through Saw VI may keep young people out of the pews, suggests a new study of R-rated films and religiosity.

Eid Mubarak!

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 12.17.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

Tomorrow, 1.7 billion Muslims around the world will complete the four-day celebration of one of the two most important religious festivals in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Adha.

An Open Letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Cara McDonough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Cara McDonough

I cling to my Catholic faith with a dogged perseverance that, frankly, I'm beginning to question. Do I remain Catholic because it's easier than the alternative? Because I'm just apathetic enough that permanently abandoning the religion seems too much work? I'd like to think not.

Attention American Jews: Let's Not Be Afraid

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 12.15.2013 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

Instead of searching out problems and solutions, maybe we need to trust ourselves, our heritage and our Torah, and take a moment to marvel at the strength of Jewish life that has survived so many cultures throughout so many centuries.

Jews Without God

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 12.15.2013 | Religion
Isabel Kaplan

My Jewish identity is complex, to be sure, and it defies easy categorization. But I don't think it's contradictory, or problematic.

Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I counsel church leaders within every denomination in America, having crisscrossed this country for nearly two decades counseling congregations as small as two hundred in attendance to churches averaging nearly 20,000 in weekly attendance.

Think Again: 'Who Speaks for the Jews?'

Eric Alterman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Alterman

Now we have the data and so much is clear: Neither the Jewish professional world, which is mostly conservative, nor the hardline Jewish neoconservatives in the media speak for American Jews.

What the Debates About the Pew Study on Judaism in America Missed

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 12.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

From me to them: we'd love to have you. We'd love to hear where you've been, what you've been up to and why you haven't been with us. Sit down. Stay for a while.

The Pew Survey of U.S. Jews: Ramifications and Recommendations

Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch | Posted 12.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch

There are fewer Jews (except for the Orthodox). There are fewer Jews marrying Jews. There are fewer Jewish children. There are fewer Jews who affiliate with the Jewish community. There is fewer Jewish intensity.

"Love Your Neighbor as Yourself": Failing Grade for Religious America

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Listen to sermons throughout religious America and you are likely to hear variations on the lofty principle featured in both the Old and New Testaments: "Love your neighbor as yourself." But as we well know talk can be cheap.

Religious and Nonreligious Dreamers

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

This finding struck me as puzzling, in light of the many important roles that dreams have played in the world's religious traditions. I was expecting that more religiosity would correlate with more awareness of dreaming, but the opposite seemed to be the case.

A Stone of Hope: The Multifaith Movement for Justice and the Urgent Need to Move Freedom Forward

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

In my tradition we say, "So now, as worship ends, the service begins." Now is the time for religious leaders and faith voices to transcend religious divides and pursue bold collective actions to strengthen the march for justice.

What Makes the Encinitas School Yoga Program Religious?

Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion
Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.

The Escondido Union School District used funds from a religious organization with a missionary agenda to implement a religious yoga curriculum. But U.S. and California constitutions prohibit this kind of complicity of government and religion.

America's Religious Future: Dechristianization (Not Secularization)

Gary Laderman | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Gary Laderman

What is this country coming to? Anyone who pays attention to religion in America can see monumental changes and conflicts affecting the present and looming in the future.

Unitarianism: Universalism Unlimited

KidSpirit | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

Unitarian Universalism parallels some of the most important trends in American society, both politically and socially.

Some Churchgoers Say Clergy Contribute "Nothing" To Society: Survey

Posted 07.12.2013 | Religion

Do clergy contribute to America's well-being? A new Pew Research Center survey finds that when it comes to views of professions' positive roles in ...

A Precedent Is a Precedent... Until It's Not

Derek Penwell | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

As we approach some sort of resolution to the argument about the affirmation of LGBT people in our culture, the question we must answer isn't about how traditions based on the Bible could be subject to change, but how could anyone have ever thought they weren't?

Modern Day Jesus: Would They Crucify Him Again?

Rick Hendrix | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Rick Hendrix

Why does the religious community teach hate and prejudice to the homosexual and Muslim communities? I love the Jesus that hates religion. I love the Christian that loves Jesus and lives by his teachings. Religion has become manmade and has shoved God's purpose into the dark.

Silence My Voice, Not My Religion

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion
Stephanie R. Caudle

While this story is powerful and especially resonates with me because of my roots in the school, this act of standing for your religion is a trend sweeping the nation.

Some Needed Changes

Richard Brand | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The Christian Church has blessed and become entangled in too many marginal issues. It has become the marketing agent for Hallmark cards, the blesser of wars and military actions, the cheerleader for patriotism and the endorser of all kinds of social policies.

The Sixth Great Awakening?

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

America can't be saved by politics. Our economists and educators can't save us. Our entertainers offer diversions without meaning and our technology gives us progress without morality. We've seldom been in greater need for inner revitalization, and conditions are urgent.

A Rabbi, A Priest And A Minister Walked Into A Bar...

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

Pub Theology sessions create a space for people of faith or no faith to gather and learn from each other, while enjoying a good, (preferably local) craft brew. And as we sit down from someone of a different perspective or religious tradition what we often discover is that many of our stereotypes simply aren't true.

God, Revised: The Atheists Are Half Right

Rev. Galen Guengerich | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Rev. Galen Guengerich

Conventional wisdom suggests otherwise, saying that science is more likely to kill religion than rescue it, but I'm convinced that science is the last best hope for religion in the modern world.