War and violence based on religious beliefs will not end until religions themselves agree and announce that God would never condone such behavior. Most of the world's religions can't do that, because most of the world's religions teach of a God who is angry, violent and retributive.
There is no wonder that people continue to lose faith in religion due to the actions of leaders across the religious spectrum. But does the misconduct of these disgraced individuals reflect poorly upon the religion they serve?
Some have probably done hurtful things, especially as younger leaders in the difficult process of learning and developing. But there is a tangible sense of humility in light of all the imperfections of leading in the church.
April 14 in Sag Harbor, New York I heard Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, read from his latest work, Gods, Gays, and Guns. His energy, sincerity and youthful articulate anger mixed with optimism filled the small space.
Dharma Academy of North America scholars attempt to view the Indic religions on their own traditional terms, not just through the methods and categories of Western scholarship. It is now the largest additional symposium at AAR.
When it comes to the bitter and ultra-partisan battles over the budget, the deficit, and the fast-approaching deadline for America to avoid defaulting on its financial commitments, the whole nation and even the world is watching. But God is watching too.
The president has announced that after an initial drawdown in Afghanistan, the remaining troops will be withdrawn "at a steady pace" going into 2014. But that's not good enough. President Obama had an opportunity to pivot his policy on the war and he didn't take it.