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Thanks but No Thanks: Gratitude as Gimmick

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

I believe gratitude is a good, even necessary practice. But maybe some expressions of gratitude have a shadow side. Maybe gratitude isn't good when it's a gimmick. Maybe, before we fully embrace that "gratitude-attitude," we need to lament.

The No. 1 Reason Teens Keeps the Faith as Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Mothers and fathers who practice what they preach and preach what they practice are far and away the major influence related to adolescents keeping the faith into their 20s, according to new findings from a landmark study of youth and religion.

What Are America's Religious Organizations Doing To Prepare For Ebola?

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion

Humans crowd closely together in houses of worship -- and it’s supposed to be that way. People greet each other with hugs and shaking hands; they p...

To Save the Church: Embrace Atheism as the True Religion and Religion as The True Atheism

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

What matters is not method or theology. What matters is honest relationships.

Attitudes of Gratitude: Religious Friends Cultivate Thankfulness

David Briggs | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Keep your friends close, and your religious friends closer.

Clicks for Bricks

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

In Berlin work has begun building a place of worship designed to serve all of the world's three monotheisms: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. When it's complete, it will have three separate wings.

Whatever Happened to Inclusive Language?

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

Inclusive and expansive language means I get to hear the poetry of today and yesterday and my capacity to imagine God at work in the world expands. I wish the new generations of clergy in The Episcopal Church would take a page from the mother church I witnessed this week.

Fence-Sitters and Boundary-Pushers: A Postmodern Reflection

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I'm no lover of fences, of the limitations, boundaries and delineations they represent. Yes, sometimes they're necessary. In some ways, such boundaries actually afford us the confidence and safety to stretch ourselves, to go farther than we would have without any sense of place, of where the unknown begins.

7 Ways Congregations Can Embrace People With Disabilities

David Briggs | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The larger society may be moving forward in its understanding and inclusion of people with disabilities. But the above stories reported in a study of more than 400 parents of children with special needs illustrates how far behind many religious congregations are in this effort.

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.

Atheist Raising a Believer

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldfarb

On some level, I believed atheism was hereditary. That the composition of my DNA couldn't produce anything other than me. And so, when my first daughter was born, I made a conscious effort to introduce her to religion. I wanted to make sure that whatever beliefs she formed, they were of her own making, not mine.

Landscaping for Heaven or Hell on Earth

Lisa Novick | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green
Lisa Novick

It is time to recognize the wrongdoing at the heart of ornamental non-native landscaping and to make amends. It is time for people to extend the love and respect they show for one another to the land that surrounds their homes and places of worship.

Anita Wilson Takes Gospel to More Relevant Heights With New Album "Vintage Worship"

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.12.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

On June 24, 2014, music lovers around the world will hear a new sound of gospel that hasn't been experimented like this in years.

He Gives His Light to All Creation

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

The Light of the world has rekindled, never to go out again..."he who gives his light to all creation" is risen. Face after face is lit, as from one person to the next we are delivered from indistinct silhouette to bright, living color.

Studies Find Religion Promotes Healthy Body Image for Young Women

David Briggs | Posted 05.26.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Being part of a community that lifts up the message "God made me, and he doesn't make anything bad" appears to help moderate the impact of the "body loathing" promoted by popular culture, said sociologist Andrea Henderson of the University of South Carolina, lead researcher in the study.

Why Do People Go to Church?

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

What are we doing in worship? We are sorting through our mixed motives and mysterious desires. We are learning God's story again. We are returning home so that we can go with power into the everyday world.

Brighter View... Bigger World... Better Year

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Unfortunately, many people today choose to view God as distant, observable and manageable. To them, he is close enough to consider, yet distant enough never to impose nor interfere.

Christmas Is for Worship

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 01.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

It's time to worry a lot less about getting Christ back into Christmas (he can't be blasted out of Christmas, no matter how hard anyone tries). What needs to get back into Christmas is worship.

The Final 6 Reasons Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (Part Three)

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Here are a few final thoughts I have on why nobody wants to go to Church anymore and what the Church and leaders must do to reverse the decline and maybe even reclaim some of the 35 million Americans who have departed.

U.S. Congregations Report Major Gains in Accepting Gays and Lesbians, Racial, Ethnic Diversity

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

America's pews are becoming dramatically more welcoming to gays and lesbians and increasingly reflective of the nation's racial and ethnic diversity, according to the latest results from a major study of U.S. congregations.

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.

The First Tawaf

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 12.21.2013 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

When you see people circling the Ka'aba it may look like a swarm, a school of fish, a galaxy swirling its way counterclockwise ... just because. From overhead it's a maelstrom that never sinks into the sea. It's a powerful, living organism, a community of Babel, in which individuals experience communion with "the other."

Big Churches Getting Bigger

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

While megachurches continue to experience mega-growth, the question emerges: Just how are they growing? While there may be no one "formula" for growing a megachurch, there are some clear and observable patterns and trends to their growth.

Does Religion Increase or Decrease Parental Stress?

David Briggs | Posted 11.22.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Do religious teachings set up impossibly high standards that increase parental guilt? Or does the idea that God stands with them in times of both joy and anxiety reduce stress and lead to increased parental satisfaction?

The Altar, the Pulpit and the Clergy

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.14.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Since the founding of the Roman Catholic Church in the early days of Christendom, the altar has always been in the center of the chancel area, with the pulpit on one side of the of the chancel and the lectern (from where announcements and scripture are read) on the other side.