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'Deflategate' and How Not to Scapegoat Tom Brady
Originally Posted: 05/08/2015 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

I have so many reasons to hate Tom Brady. As I said after he beat my beloved Seahawks in the Super Bowl, I have one primary reason for hating him. My wife thinks he’s hot. Yup. I hate Tom Brady. But there’s another reason to hate Tom Brady. ...

How Moms Set Children’s Spiritual Compass and Why it Matters
Originally Posted: 05/08/2015 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Children don’t just inherit parents’ spirituality, says psychologist Lisa Miller in her new book, The Spiritual Child. She writes that the essential sense of a transcendent power in the world — one that will l ...

Dr. Montessori’s Struggle to Balance Career and Motherhood
Originally Posted: 05/08/2015 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

All moms know that we will make mistakes, especially in difficult situations, but Maria’s choice reminds us that the story of a mother and child isn’t over until love writes the ending. ...

Is the Proliferation of Denominations a Failure to Die to Ourselves?
Originally Posted: 05/08/2015 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

. For 17 years he served as General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America, and has long been ...

Liturgy and Mission: Why Rachel Held Evans and Keith Anderson Are Right
Originally Posted: 05/08/2015 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Why do we set the two practices — what we do in worship and what we do after — at odds with one another? Is it simple geography? One happens behind the ecclesial closed doors while the other is more public? I ...

Divest from Nuclear Weapons: Don't Bank On the Bomb
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Wilbert van der Zeijden Divestment by a few institutions based on the same ethical objection can have a significant impact on a company& ...

From the Archives: June 1990
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Naoko Iyori Trafficked I WAS just 15, and as the eldest I had to do something to help my family. When the cap ...

Testing Jesus
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

impure food but evil intentions that come out of the human heart (7:17-23). So when Jesus leaves ... or not?” (Mark 12:13-17). But Jesus always has the perfect retort so that his questioners are “utterly amazed at him” (verse 17). Thus this Gentile woman’s behavior is shocking. Though no woman should ever ...

Plans Announced for England’s First Women-Only Mosque
Originally Posted: 05/07/2015 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Women such as Raza and Goma argue that nowhere in the Quran are female imams expressly forbidden. The country’s first women-only mosque will open in Bradford, a 19th-century indu ...

Folk Religions Thrive with Women's Spirit
Originally Posted: 05/07/2015 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Folk religions such as Santa Muerte and spiritism are thriving around the world, often powered by women as followers — and leaders. In her Georgia home, Tammy Bloome says her ros ...

A Sacred Beat
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Twiss How Native Christians are reclaiming tradition to create an "Indigenous hymnody."  A ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Ibeyi by XL Recordings / The Collected Sermons of Walter Bruggemann, Volume 2 by Westminster John Knox / And The Word Became ...

Liberia’s United Methodists Keep Ban on Divorced Clergy Becoming Bishops
Originally Posted: 05/07/2015 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

The church’s leaders say the ban brings moral credibility to the office and guides the conduct of those who want to be bishop. In the United States, United Methodists are fighting ...

Why David Brooks Is My Rabbi
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

Reading Brooks’ book feels like attending an interminable Yom Kippur service. Is David Brooks becoming a Christian? That’s the question that some people have been asking ab ...

Muslim Kosovars Rediscover Their Long-Forgotten Roman Catholic Roots
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

Under the Ottoman Empire, which ruled Kosovo from the early 15th century until 1912, most Albanian Kosovars converted to Islam. The Catholic priest followed the village elders up ...

For Mother’s Day, a Place to Mourn the Babies Who Never Came Home
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

Most Holy Redeemer’s Remembrance Garden honors the youngest of lost lives, and comforts young, recently bereaved parents. The night she miscarried in 1968, Dorothy Caruso remember ...

Vatican Blasts Muhammad Cartoons as Pouring ‘Gasoline on the Fire’
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper blasted a series of cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as “blasphemous.” The Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper blasted a series of cartoons o ...

Improving Our Safety Net
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christopher N. Breiseth Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn't Going Broke and How Expanding It will Help Us All. The New ...

Escaping The Bonds Of Privilege
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee Solidarity Ethics: Transformation in a Globalized World. Fortress Press.  REBECCA TODD PETERS ...

'That Song You Sing For The Dead'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Carrie & Lowell,  Asthmatic Kitty Records.  BIBLICAL LAMENT includes both pleas to God for h ...

Preparing For The Storm
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Schiffman The Greeks know how tightly coiled are circumstances with many windings before tragedy’s spring snaps. The horse bolts flame-like from the gate; we do not see ...

Epic Bad Behavior
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Fraternities have become the tail that wags the dog in U.S. universities.  EARLIER THIS y ...

Maria and the Rabbi
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Lest we forget, The Sound of Music is a story of hope triumphing almost unimaginable odds. IT’ ...

How Fear and Ignorance Keep Working
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

How did fear of federal government takeover grip Texas to the point that the governor himself would take official action? I had to check my calendar to make sure I wasn’t a month ...

The Soulful Bells of Summer
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Corinthians 5:6-17; Mark 4:26-34 SAMUEL PRESENTS one of the saddest lines in scripture: “And the Lord ... 17:57-18:5,10-16; Psalm 107:1-3,23-32; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 TO PREACH WITH St. Mark is to preach ... versions of ourselves. [ June 28 ] Time to Get Up 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Psalm 30; 2 ...

Book Groups For Dummies
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. A Brief History of Time is a great read, especially the one page I understood.  AS AN occasiona ...

Rev. Gil Caldwell, a ‘Foot Soldier’ for Civil Rights, Turns His Eye to LGBT Rights
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gay organizations should be more inclusive of black leaders, he says, and black groups need to be more welcoming of gay leaders. The Rev. Gil Caldwell walked onto the campus of Du ...

5 Takeaways from the New Report by U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Malaysia. In addition to its 17 CPC recommendations, USCIRF lists 10 “Tier 2” countries where religious ...

Lessons from a Sexual Assault Survivor
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

Breaking the silence and practicing bystander prevention is key to stopping sexual assault. Learn the facts and get educated—for your sake and the sake of those around you. T ...

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Texas Attack
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

A statement read in a bulletin on the group’s Al Bayan radio station said “two soldiers of the caliphate” carried out Sunday’s attack. The Islamic State claimed responsibility May ...

Tell Me About Eternity: A Reflection on Mothers, Death, and God’s Love
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

All I know is that nothing can separate us from the eternal love of God. Knowing that, I think, is enough. We sat there staring at her mother’s 92 year old lifeless body. After t ...

Our Addiction to Busy
Originally Posted: 05/05/2015 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

Maybe there is a way to get all this stuff done and not miss out on opportunities to wonder. Opportunities to be fully alive to ourselves, the world, and those around us. Opportunities to be reminded that we a ...

Why Does Islam Ban Images of the Prophet Muhammad?
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Why do images of the founder of Islam — even cartoons drawn by amateurs — incite so much anger in some people that they are motivated to violence? On May 3 in Garland, Texas,  tw ...

Local Efforts to Rebuild Nepal — And How You Can Help
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

In the wake of the earthquake, channeling local knowledge and communal trust to rebuild communities. Lokesh Todi, born and raised in Kathmandu, moved home to Nepal nine months ag ...

Whedon's 'Ultron:' Marvelous
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

Ultron believes that the only way to save Earth from threat is to destroy what he perceives as its greatest: humanity. In their cinematic incarnation, postmodern superheroes go ...

Swingers Club or 'Church:' Who Gets to Decide?
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

What does it mean for a secular organization suddenly to label itself a church? Religious scholars seem no more ready to plunge into that debate than American courts have proved to be. ...

In Every Human Heart
Originally Posted: 05/01/2015 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

What motivates these different perspectives? Is justice about vengeance, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth? Is someone who advocates for life imprisonment soft on crime? Is such a person naïve? ...

Redefining Family
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 9:24pm | Type: Blog

What a small way to live and love when you only expect love from spouse and children and see the love of friends and family as lesser. How could such a small group of people really show all the wonder and magn ...

Love Is a Piece of Cake
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

A cake shop made headlines when a same-sex couple levied a lawsuit against it for refusal of service. A cake shop has been in the news lately. Sweet Cakes in Oregon made nationa ...

Citing Lack of Funding, New York’s Museum of Biblical Art to Close
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

The museum will close to the general public on June 14 and cease operations on the 30th. On the heels of what seemed like its greatest triumph — a magnificent display of sculpture ...

Understanding the Religious Sites that Were Lost or Damaged in the Nepal Quake
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

What religious buildings were damaged, and which ones are gone? What religious significance did these buildings have and to whom? In one minute, the April 25 earthquake in Nepal t ...

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, Catholic Journalist and Longtime Bishops’ Spokeswoman, Dies at 67
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

she entered as a 17-year-old novice in 1964. Walsh had moved to her native Albany from Washington ...

What I Learned from 'The Hunting Ground:' I Am A Part of Rape Culture
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

How many girls in my own graduating class were raped? How many did I know? How many rapists were allowed to remain on campus? During my freshman year of college, a girl who lived ...

Healing the Brokenhearted: Help Prevent Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

I would never want anyone to experience what I endured and my hope is that everyone will join the fight to help end sexual assault. Trigger warning: This post contains depic ...

Question Everything About Your Faith
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

The Christian faith has always been about God coming to save us in human form. The definitive characteristic of Christian faith is that it is rooted in a historic event. We are t ...

A ‘Christian’ Tinder: Do Christians Want or Need It?
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

The first thing I had to do is enter my favorite Bible verse. The first thing I had to do is enter my favorite Bible verse. I debated for a while, thinking I could go the easy ...

Mormon Kate Kelly ‘Happier’ and ‘Invigorated’ After Excommunication
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly says she has found happiness living a more authentic life while continuing to push for equality in the Mormon faith. Nearly a year removed from the ...

Islamic State’s Sophisticated Recruiting Campaign Poses Persistent Threat in U.S.
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

The campaign is finding resonance from urban metros to the American heartland. The arrests of six Minnesota men accused earlier this month of attempting to join the Islamic State ...

Engaging Both Sides of the Church's Debate on Gays
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

The conversations at Q — both onstage and off — do not mirror the raging debates common on cable news networks. Only a few dozen worshippers attend Boston’s Tremont Temple Baptist ...

David Trobisch Lends Green Family’s Bible Museum a Scholarly Edge
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

In 2006, New Testament scholar David Trobisch abandoned such lofty outlets as Oxford Press and the Journal of Papyrology and Epigraphy for a more mainstream venue: Free Inquiry. In that feisty secular humanist journal, Trobisch identified the likely ...