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Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter The Disposable Project by Raul Guerrero / Jesus Was a Migrant by Deirdre Cornell / The New Black by Yoruba Richen / How to B ...

A National Shame
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Ruby Sales Susan Smith Police killing of black people is not a black problem. It is an ...

A Handbook for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. IVP Books. FAITH-ROOT ...

Five Questions for Katerina Friesen
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Katerina Friesen, a seminary student, knows the labor of love of land-based ministry. Bio: ...

Viewing Community
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins At film festivals, because we're all living together for a few days, people let their guard down. ...

No Longer the 'Best Kept Secret'
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Allio Pope Francis is bringing renewed attention to Catholic social teaching—and not only for Catholics. ...

This Land is Our Land
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Julianne Couch From Orange City, Iowa, to York, Nebraska, and across the Midwest, young organizers are cultivating hope in rural places. ...

Want to See the Face of God?
Originally Posted: 06/03/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

A 26-year-old man was driving his pickup truck over a causeway on Lake Pontchartrain. His truck plunged over the railing and into the water. What happened next is inspiring. Did y ...

Smiling Back
Originally Posted: 06/02/2014 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

You can smile at someone, but you can’t really smile with someone until you’ve cried with them, too. Shared their pain, their doubts, their questions, their uncertainty, even their despair. And their joy as we ...

An Unexpected Journey
Originally Posted: 05/28/2014 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

We celebrate commitments made, successes honored, and loves found. The Christian faith, we realize, is rarely about solutions; it is about the authentic and real journey of life and a common trust that our God ...

Pittsburgh Bridge Project Knits Together Communities
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Amanda Gross describes herself as a “weaver of things and people.” Amanda Gross describes herself as a “weaver of things and people.” Gross, a fiber artist based in Pittsburgh, ...

Hack the Church
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Early Christianity spearheaded technological innovations with global ramifications, most notably in the invention of the codex. Today’s faithful hackers, armed with code, workshops, and participatory-minded th ...

Beauty in Battered Places
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard A conversation with novelist and activist Denise Giardina. “THE CHURCH radicalized me,” celebrat ...

For Innovation to Have a Prayer, It Needs to Start with Brokenness
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

“Innovation” is a warm and fuzzy word — until you dig inside it. “Innovation” is a warm and fuzzy word — until you dig inside it. It’s like “community,” a warm and fuzzy term w ...

Millennials: Antisocial, Selfish, and Afraid?
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

I would argue that one of the biggest desires of millennials is that we would be involved in deeply intimate communities that allow us to express ourselves openly, ask the questions to arise in our minds witho ...

Honoring Your Church
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Headline news is usually bad news. Pain, division, and anger drive on-line traffic and often directs the content. Headline news is usually bad news. Viral blog posts are usu ...

The Middle of the Shelf
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Life is lived in the middle of the shelf, full of moments of uncertainty and doubt that serve as first drafts for stories of love and grace, learning, and faith. A few years ago, ...

Bringing the Word to Life
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Creating a Scene in Corinth: A Simulation. Herald Press. ONE YEAR MY small group decided to ha ...

The Blades of Grass in the Garden of Gethsemane Speak to Me
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Zach Czaia There are tour guides who speak / all the human tongues, and we are trampled / for being famous blades / but then are resurre ...

Citizen Action Making a Vital Difference in South Africa
Originally Posted: 03/03/2014 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Changes require a more broadly palliative and increasingly active new generation —inspired by a Mandela-type cultural magnanimity that loves justice and spurns vengeful spirits — to join with the emerging forc ...

Let Your Life Be Changed
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

Applications for next year's program are due March 1st, and if you or anyone you know is on the bubble in regard to applying, here are a few thoughts from this year's interns as to why you should app ...

God's Dangerous Promises
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A INVITATIONS COME. Yet an expressed desire ...

Why Does Anyone Go To Church?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

What I think we need is a rhetoric about how it's entirely fine that people don't go to church. We don't need to obsessively share why we think it's so magical or why it sucks. ...

'Nones' and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel What will happen to U.S. civil society as the pews empty out? THIS IS NOT a column full of hand-wr ...

From the Archives: March 1986
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth McAlister Exodus and Community AN ASTONISHING aspect of the miracle that was the Exodus is the reco ...

The Thorn Tree Resistance
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Emilie Teresa Smith Gold and silver mines in Guatemala are wreaking havoc on local communities. But the people, using nonviolent Christia ...

Loose Threads
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

Each of us is a thread woven into the fabric of our world. We’re looped around each other, pulled tightly to one another, intimately bound to one another. I noticed a loose threa ...

Smoking What We’re Growing: 8 Things That Happen When We Live (or Don’t Live) What We Talk About
Originally Posted: 01/23/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

Who's to say theology built in academia is any more valid than theology build in the realities of everyday life? I was down in Mexico a few years ago for a gathering of peers ...

When Christians Love Theology More Than People
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

The practical application of your love is just as important as the theology behind it. Our faith is evidenced by how we treat others. Does the reality of your life reflect the theory behind your spiritual beli ...

What Repentance for the Church Looks Like Today
Originally Posted: 01/20/2014 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Before we see any leveling-off within the institutional church, there will be many more church closures, consolidation of shrinking denominations, and an increasing number of people called to, and already work ...

A New Normal: Ten Things I've Learned About Trauma
Originally Posted: 01/13/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Trauma upends everything we took for granted, including things we didn’t know we took for granted. And many of these realities I wish I’d known when I first encountered them. So, while the work of life and hea ...

Surviving Chiberea: On Scapegoating the Weather
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

The relentless snow and the extreme cold provide an opportunity to build a sense of community. Neighbors suffer through this weather together. We check in on one another to make sure people are surviving and s ...

When the Fighting Stops
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Marie Dennis What does it take to reintegrate combatants into society? MARIE-LOUISE IS a 34-year-old single ...

Six Reasons Americans Still Need Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Churches are among the few places that inspire deep, authentic, messy, and real community. They go out of their way to involve people and connect them via small groups, activities, and an endless variety of in ...

From the Archives: January 1988
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Murphy Davis The Cost of Community THERE ARE DAYS, to tell the truth, that you just have to wonder if it’s wo ...

Let's Go Beyond Consumerism, Citizenship, and Individualism
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Deeper than individual rights and responsibilities, we are called to surrender our prerogatives and take on the burdens of others — not because we have to, but out of love. Over t ...

The Church's Call in Educating Their Community's Children
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 8:22pm | Type: Blog

What is the call or consideration of the church to the topic of education? What role does the church have in the education of the community? I love October. As a teacher, it was t ...

Yes, Community. But Then What? A Conversation with Brian McLaren, Stephanie Spellers, and Doug Pagitt
Originally Posted: 10/04/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Following is an audio interview I conducted with these three key voices in the CANA conversation. We talked about why CANA is needed now, more than ever, and what sort of transformation they hope to affect wit ...

5 Things We Learned About Pope Francis From His Blockbuster Interview
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ comments this week on everything from gays to abortion (less talk, more mercy), the hierarchy (be pastors, not bureaucrats), and religious faith (doubt is part of belief) continue to reverberate ...

A Community of Strangers
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Stacy Martin Regardless of where we end up on immigration reform, Matthew 22 reminds us that no law can make us love our neighbor. ...

Ramadan, a Shared Table, and Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

As I often say, as followers of Jesus, we have no choice but to move toward relationships with those who are marginalized, dehumanized, and in need of love. We don’t compromise our faith by hanging out with pe ...

The Price of Holiness
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

I have been talking to a friend lately about the nature of achievement. We have been talking about money and art and what it means to care for oneself and the concept that human beings deserve to be happy. Or, ...

The Power of Partnership
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Smietana Memphis' Congregational Health Network has become a model for how hospitals and faith communities can work together. ...

Life, Dignity, and the Tragedy in Bangladesh
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Priniski What Catholic social teaching says about those who make our clothes. THE APRIL 24 collapse of a ...

Raising Children to Be Global Citizens
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

We quickly realized that the very best gift we could give our children is to live the kind of life we would desire them to live as faithful followers of Jesus. In other words, if we are to be role models to ou ...

From the Archives: July 1994
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Rohr Our Script Matters THE FUNCTION of healthy religion and church is to provide individuals and soc ...

No Room at the Inn
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Cincinnati's faith leaders cross denominational lines to standup to a corporate bully. REV. ...

Keep On Keepin' On
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Alycia Ashburn How do we sustain our climate activism? It can't be about fear. IN ORDER TO imagine the s ...

Monasticism, Beloved Community, and The Common Good
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

Indeed, we must give up our personal or private identities to the service of all. But how do we do this as a culture, a global church? Editor’s Note:  Jim Wallis’ latest ...

VIDEO: 6 Months After Superstorm Sandy, Hope Emerges
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

This week marked six months since Superstorm Sandy left entire communities devastated. But in the midst of this natural disaster, many banded together. Here, a New York filmmaker shows us how tragedy can turn ...