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200 Methodist Clergy Vow To Bless Same-Sex Unions

Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

Some 200 United Methodist clergy of the church's Northern Illinois Conference have pledged to bless same-sex unions in violation of the church's polic...

Jaweed Kaleem

Faith And Freedom Conference: How Will Religion Affect Evangelical Votes?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 08.04.2011 | Religion

WASHINGTON, D.C. –- Fifteen years ago, Phil DaCosta spent Sundays passing out voter guides at his church about where congressional candidates stood ...

Give 'Em Hell

John Shore | Posted 07.27.2011 | Religion
John Shore

Without hell, there'd be nothing to save anyone from. Without hell, the sole recommendation of Christianity would be the love of God proved through the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross.

Jaweed Kaleem

More Americans Praying For Their Health

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.26.2011 | Religion

Americans, especially women and African-Americans, are increasingly turning to prayer when it comes to health issues, according to a new study publish...

The Catholic Sex Abuse Report: Too Little, Too Late?

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 07.20.2011 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

I found myself alternatively fascinated and infuriated as I read the new 152 page report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, "Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests."

May 21st: Movies For Doomsday

Posted 07.20.2011 | Entertainment

If the world really is going to end on May 21, there's no reason to not go out entertained. And if you're looking for a preview of what that apocalyps...

Billy Graham Returns Home From Hospital

Posted 07.15.2011 | Religion

Evangelist Billy Graham was released on Sunday from a North Carolina hospital where he had been treated for pneumonia, the hospital said. Graha...

Why Pastors Struggle With Confronting Domestic Violence

John Shore | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
John Shore

I hear from a disheartening number of women who write in to relate their stories of pastors who, in one way or another, advised them to stick with their abusive husbands. How could these good, well-intentioned men give advice that's so egregiously wrong?

South Dakota Church-Abuse Chronicles, Part 1: 'I Want Everyone To Know What Happened To Us'

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 08.13.2012 | Religion
Stephanie Woodard

From the late 1800s until the 1970s, the federal government compelled Native parents nationwide to send their children to boarding schools designed to assimilate them.

Judging A (Holy) Book By Its Cover: Personal Appearance and Faith

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 06.20.2011 | Religion
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

While the Quran does not directly link piety with having a beard, many Muslim communities have developed a vague expectation that pious or devout Muslim men ought to have beards.

Celebrating Lord Mahavir's Teachings Of Compassion And Peace In Jainism

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 06.15.2011 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

Mahavir Jayanti is one of the most important holidays for Jains around the world and the birthday of Lord Mahavir, the 24th and last Thirthankar of Jainism.

The Average Catholic Is Not Who You Think She Is

Michael Leach | Posted 06.12.2011 | Religion
Michael Leach

The average Catholic is young, old, middle-aged and every color of the human rainbow. He or she does not fit into a square or a circle but belongs to a big triangle that holds all shapes and sizes.

The Church's One Simple Phrase For Healing

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 06.06.2011 | Religion
Kim Michele Richardson

As a survivor of clergy abuse, I remain painfully aware that there have been no apologies from Pope Benedict XVI and his hierarchy.

The Smith Family Chronicles 5: Betty's Soliloquy

John Shore | Posted 05.27.2011 | Religion
John Shore

And now Betty spends some alone time.

New Report: Catholics More Supportive Of Gay And Lesbian Rights Than General Public, Other Christians

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

WASHINGTON, DC -- Catholics are more supportive of gay and lesbian rights than the general public and other Christians, according to a new report rele...

Hello, I Am Your Son

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

Conservative Evangelical Christian Bob Smith is having one intense day. First he reacted poorly when his daughter Jane revealed to him that she was so...

Forgive the Unforgivable. How?

Jennifer Lauck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Lauck

Forgiveness is a lifetime path, perhaps a walk that is never fully complete but it is there and ready to be walked on one step at a time. I find the most important person to forgive, as I go along, is myself and then I work out from there.

Why Lying About Monogamy Matters -- Ross Douthat's Happy Ending

Susie Bright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Susie Bright

Last I checked, George "God-Is-Speaking-Thru-Me" Bush is no longer the POTUS. Why do we still have to listen to these people, over and over again, on the front pages of our country's most prestigious newspapers?

Evangelicals Push Back On Proposed Budget Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service Balancing the federal budget at the expense of the poor would be un-Christian, evangelical leaders warned C...

Married German Ordained As Catholic Priest

AP | KIRSTEN GRIESHABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

BERLIN — In a rare move that needed the pope's approval, a Lutheran convert was ordained Tuesday as a Catholic priest in Germany and is being al...

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.

Evangelical Churches Still Growing, Mainline Protestantism In Decline

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Richard Yeakley Religion News Service While mainline Protestant churches in the U.S. continue to experience decades-long decline, the memberships ...

My First Catholic Confession In 40 Years Was On The iPhone

Susie Bright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Susie Bright

Hells' Bells! A new app for the iPhone allows sinners to make an instant confession. The *official* Catholic Church asks the hard questions, you spill the beans.

Indonesia - Land of Tolerance or Terror?

Harris Zafar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harris Zafar

Indonesia once hailed itself as a moderate, diverse nation that protects freedom of religion for all its citizens, with a national motto "Bhinneka Tun...

TED Talks: Krista Tippett On Redefining 'Compassion' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Compassion has a problem. According to journalist Krista Tippett, the idea's meaning has been, "Hollowed out in our culture ... it's seen as a squishy...