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Giving Up, Giving Down

Martin Marty | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago...

Moonlighting Pastors and Postponed Health Care: Record Debt Loads Overwhelming Many Seminary Graduates

David Briggs | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Many women and men pursuing a religious vocation long have been hesitant even to ask this question: Can I afford it? They have been taught to take...

Ireland Seeks To Break Catholic Church's Monopoly On Education

Religion News Service | Jennifer Collins | Posted 01.30.2014 | Religion

DUBLIN (RNS) For years, many Irish parents sought to school their children outside the Roman Catholic Church, which dominates the country’s educatio...

Defining God: Revealing the Poverty of Religious Literacy

Peter Dziedzic | Posted 12.16.2013 | Religion
Peter Dziedzic

While recent events and crises demand our mourning and reflection on the implications of violence and bloodshed, a recent development in Malaysia also demands our reflection on the implications of ignorance and fear in our world.

Religious Pluralism, Global Peace, and Higher Education

Joseph L. Subbiondo | Posted 11.17.2013 | College
Joseph L. Subbiondo

Whether or not one has a religion is not important. What is important is to recognize that the majority of people in the world do practice a religion -- and that their beliefs can be a force for good as well as evil.

Inoculating Kids Against Fundamentalism

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

"We have the most amazing creation story any people have ever had," proclaims evolutionary humanist and religious naturalist Connie Barlow in her Apri...

Students Cross Country To Share What's Possible Through Seminary Education

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.07.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Increasingly, seminaries and divinity schools are connecting the dots between faith and service, and encouraging students to grow as faith leaders who will take on important issues in local and global communities after they graduate. This summer, a group of students are sharing the exciting news.

Why We Need to Reform Islamic Studies In Schools Across The Muslim World

Fahad Faruqui | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Fahad Faruqui

As a child, I fell in love with a merciful God. My curiosity increased as I grew older, but the mullah always had a "thou shall never question" in response to my interest. Today, the Muslim youth wants to understand Islam. But their curiosity is often misunderstood as lack of faith.

Vocation Meets Graduation: 7 Questions for College Seniors

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

I'm glad the vast majority of my students will be employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation -- that is very important. But mere work or grad school misses the point. We've failed in educating our students well if they seek simply a job.

How Important Is A Religious Leader's Education?

Win Bassett | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Win Bassett

When it comes to religious or spiritual guidance, followers may not put as much credence behind didactic degrees.

One Family, Two Faith Traditions: Navigating Pluralism Within The Family

Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman

My own sense of being Christian has certainly been challenged and deepened time and time again by my encounters with and within Judaism. But some days, I yearn for the simplicity -- even if it is a fantasy -- of our family, all five of us, resting in the same tradition.

Catholic Schools, Then And Now

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Decades ago Catholic schools moved children of immigrants up the social ladder through education. Today, they provide a different form of alternative education, giving parents at all economic levels a choice to send their children to a school that is right for that child.

'Virtual' Public Schools Draw Interest Of Religious Families

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 01.10.2013 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service (RNS) Worried about exposure to foul language, immodest dress, peer pressure and other inappropriate behavi...

Failing Our Youth: A Call To Religious Liberals

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

The mere hour or so that churches have with children and teens on a weekly basis -- and unburdened by any need to drill and test -- is too precious to waste on merely religious education.

Why I Haven't Dropped Out Of Seminary

Todd Clayton | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Todd Clayton

A month in to my program, after preliminarily discerning that I don't want to work in a church, I started a love affair with my Google search bar: "What can you do with an M.Div. if you don't want to be a pastor?"

Minnesota Afterschool Program Targeted In Somali Terror Case

AP | AMY FORLITI | Posted 12.26.2012 | Education

MINNEAPOLIS — On any given weekday, in a nondescript storefront on the eastern edge of Minneapolis, dozens of young Somalis gather to get help w...

Swedish Court Rules In Favor Of Chabad Representatives

Baila Olidort | Posted 12.24.2012 | Religion
Baila Olidort

Chabad-Lubavitch representatives to Gothenburg, Sweden have a right to educate their children in accordance with their religious faith. The unanimous decision of the appellate court followed the Namdars' complaints against city authorities fining them for homeschooling their children.

On Teenage Girls, Stories And Stones

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

How we guide our children as they become adults -- as they navigate the rules of the adult world by questioning stories and carrying stones -- can be a matter of life and death.

A New Model Of Teaching Religious Tolerance

Hailey Woldt | Posted 12.17.2012 | Religion
Hailey Woldt

Religious diversity is a natural part of life, and it is becoming even more important to be able to understand and interact with people who have different views. We must accept that our children may not choose to think what we think -- and perhaps that is what scares us the most.

Religious Education Should Not Be An Oxymoron

Charles Negy, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2012 | College
Charles Negy, Ph.D.

Why not provide children with a religious education? Explain to children that many people have different ideas or perspectives about the origin of life, why we're here, the afterlife, and so on.

Seminary Debt Rising: Clergy Postpone Starting Families, Face Bankruptcy

David Briggs | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

What began as a critical problem for a small percentage of prospective clergy is reaching alarming levels, new research indicates. It is no longer unusual for seminary graduates to leave school with $70,000 to $80,000 in debt.

"Partially Jewish" and Proud: Interfaith Identity

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 08.24.2012 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

I want to point out that I am not partial to the term "partial." I do not consider myself a "partial" anything. I have never heard anyone describe themselves as "partially Jewish." I am a self-defined full Jew, who also insists on my right to celebrate my birth into an interfaith family.

The Education I Never Had, And Why No One Is Doing A Thing About It

Chaim Levin | Posted 06.10.2012 | Religion
Chaim Levin

At the age of 17, I had a formal education more comparable to a third grader. I lacked the opportunity to function as an informed, educated young adult.

Why I Regret The Religious Lessons I Did (And Didn't) Teach My Kids

Lisa McElroy | Posted 06.09.2012 | Parents
Lisa McElroy

It's just not right that my kids go forth in this world without having experienced the kind of celebration at the center of religious observance that is so much a part of most people's life experience.

5 Religious Concepts That Atheists Can Use

Alain de Botton | Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion
Alain de Botton

In a world beset by fundamentalists of believing and secular varieties, it must be possible to balance a rejection of religious faith with a selective reverence for religious rituals and concepts.