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Not Afraid of the Dark
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The Coens realize that sometimes, of course, comedy is bleak. But the point of gargoyles is to remind us that sacred and p ...

Church to Go
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Melanie Mullen City of God: Faith in the Streets. Jericho Books. IN HER LATEST book, Sara Miles—author of the ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Invaluable Gift: Revealing Our Humanity
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Hoffman gave us an invaluable gift. He revealed to us the humanity of our scapegoats. We couldn’t unite in hatred against his characters because they were complicated; indeed, because they were human. ...

Shifting the Frame
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Otis Moss III U.S. cinema has been an enforcer of our racialized imagination—but that’s changing. “CINEMA IS ...

Indigenous Peoples Prayer Calendar
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kara Lofton Sojourners' online calendar features an image and prayer from various tribes around North and Central America that refle ...

Sunni-Shiite Violence Soars in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Qadeer Abbasi is recovering from a broken arm in his two-room shanty home not far from the capital, Islamabad. Qadeer Abbasi is recovering from a broken arm in his two-room shanty ...

Denver Mennonites Take First Step Toward Gay Ordination
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

On Sunday, a Denver congregation of Mennonites licensed the first lesbian in a committed same-sex relationship, the first step toward ordination. On Sunday, a Denver congregation ...

COMMENTARY: Blasphemy Charges Pervert Islam's Teachings
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Sentenced for professing his atheism, Alexander Aan was recently released after 18 months in an Indonesian prison. Sentenced for professing his atheism, Alexander Aan was recently ...

Abortion Rate Hits Lowest Level Since 1973
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

abortions were performed in 2011, representing 23 percent of all non-hospital abortions, an increase from 17 ...

What 'Frozen' Teaches us about Power, Privilege, and Community
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

Disney has given us a story to help us reflect more deeply on the powers inherent in our interconnectedness, and how we can best move towards life, leaving the death of winter behind. ...

'Salaam, Love' Counters Stereotypes of Muslim Men
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

Oppressive. Boorish. Misogynist: Those are the popular images of Muslim men and how they treat women. Oppressive. Boorish. Misogynist: Those are the popular images of Muslim men a ...

On Scripture: A Hard Word to Hear This Winter (Isaiah 58: 1-9a)
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

Questions keep bothering us, tugging at us. The life of faith is far more dynamic than a list of creedal statements. This has been a hard winter — from Minnesota to Alabama. It’s ...

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 ...

Catholic Teacher Fired for Marrying Partner Starts Anti-Discrimination Foundation
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

A lifelong Roman Catholic, Mark Zmuda took a job as a teacher at Eastside Catholic School in part because he believed he could be a good Catholic role model. A lifelong Roman Cath ...

Sikhs Stand up to Bullying as They Try to Build Understanding
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

coming-of-age ceremony, around age 12. Prabhdeep, now 17, credits his parents and his religious community ...

An Abyss of Historical Ignorance
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

Demonstrating that a truly ill wind blows no good, The Wall Street Journal proved this week that Holocaust education programs deserve society’s continued support. Demonstrating th ...

The Hidden History of Pentecostal Pacifism
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Paul Alexander Early Pentecostal denominations, including the Assemblies of God, opposed war and supported peacemaking. What happened to ...

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 ...

Taking It to the Streets
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Charita Ford Does our theology have anything to say to African-American gang girls? It should. AS I ATTENDED ...

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 ...

The Prophets of Sundance
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 5:48pm | Type: Blog

In days of old, God used a burning bush to get Moses’ attention. Today’s prophets are often the truth-telling artists, singers, songwriters, and filmmakers whose modern version of “Thus sayeth the Lord” bursts ...

5 Points About the SodaStream-Oxfam Dust-up
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 5:38pm | Type: Blog

In the run-up to the Super Bowl, advertisers work hard to get their money’s worth, even before their spot has run. They leak teasers and hype the stars who will appear in them. If they can find a way, they gen ...

Forget Swords and Plowshares: Turn Guns Into Guitars
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

When properly presented and engaged, great art invades our dreams and haunts our waking hours. It causes us to see reality in a new way, and sometimes even presents an alternative vision for what the future co ...

The State of the Communion
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

While millions around us were gathered in homes, bars and other public places to watch the State of the Union of the United States, we were together receiving the State of the Communion of the Kingdom of God. ...

VIDEO: The La Puya Resistance
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 2:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors In La Puya, Guatemala, Christian community members are nonviolently standing up against gold and silver mining companies. ...

Christianity 21: Cultivating a More Generous Christian Conversation
Originally Posted: 01/29/2014 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones are focused on helping visionaries, activists, and theologians discern what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the 21st century. Doug Pagitt and Tony ...

What’s Abortifacient? Disputes Over Birth Control Fuel Obamacare Fight
Originally Posted: 01/29/2014 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

On March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s provision that employers must provide insurance coverage with no co-pays for contraception. C ...

God, Same-Sex Marriage, and 33 Weddings at the Grammys
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

The Grammys trivialized marriage because it trivialized the need all couples have for a supportive community from the beginning of marriage to the end. Call me old fashioned, but ...

Fla. Man Gets Prison for Abortion-pill Miscarriage
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

The son of a Florida fertility doctor was sentenced Monday to nearly 14 years in federal prison for duping his pregnant girlfriend into taking medication that caused her to abort her 6-week-old fetus. ...

Ending the Demand for Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Do you know that human trafficking is defined as “modern day slavery” because it controls a person through force, fraud or coercion — physical or psychological — to exploit the person for forced labor, sexual ...

David Brooks and Religious Hostility: Tasting Goodness
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Why do religious believers spend so much energy reinforcing their (our – I’m one of those orthodox believers) borders, building thicker and higher dividing walls designed to keep out the underserving, the sinn ...

Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

It troubles me that many Christians easily absorb popular sentiments against undocumented immigrants. Many Christians seem oblivious to the horrible conditions in which people are living, conditions that cause ...

COMMENTARY: The Church's Role in, and Against, Homophobia Across Africa
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

In the last month, many Westerners watched in horror as Uganda, and then Nigeria, enacted laws that are brutally repressive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. In t ...

On Scripture: Enjoy the Super Bowl; Be Suspicious of Its Values
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

At least, when we read the opening sentences of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (found in Matthew 5:1-12), it seems his values are light years away from the confident and muscular ethos that football teams rel ...

Rethinking 'Faith Like A Child'
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

Children’s faiths are alive and strong, and the church needs to recognize this instead of repeating corny “children’s sermons” that are usually well intentioned but often developmentally inappropriate. The chu ...

New Jersey Family Sought $20,000 to Name Baby Girl
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

Taking their cue from a tried-and-true fundraising technique, one New Jersey family tried to sell the right to name their baby. Taking their cue from a tried-and-true fundraising ...

Vial of Pope John Paul II’s Blood Stolen from Italian Church
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

A vial containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II was stolen from a village church in a mountainous area east of Rome. A vial containing the blood of the late Pope John Pa ...

Those Who Know Where Pain Lives: A Treatise on Presence
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

What about the God who seems to be known by God’s absence as much as by God’s presence? What happens when we don't feel God’s proximity uninterrupted? Last year, I wrote ...

Breaking Out
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

We build many individual shells. Ideas and beliefs easily harden into a shell of certainty and leave us in a small, dark space. We all have prejudices and fears that act like shells, keeping us apart from othe ...

Best Buy Commercial Points Way to Greater Muslim Acceptance
Originally Posted: 01/24/2014 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

that ran in 25 countries. One 17-second spot showed girls huddling with headscarves under the lights ...

Friendship as Justice
Originally Posted: 01/24/2014 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Friends don’t pity; they love. Justice work, at its best, is as simple as making a friend. Overheard on a Facebook conversation last week: “There is really not much difference bet ...

For Some Christians, Sharing Medical Bills is a Godly Alternative
Originally Posted: 01/23/2014 - 5:45pm | Type: Blog

Every time he goes to the doctor’s office, Daniel Eddinger takes a leap of faith. Every time he goes to the doctor’s office, Daniel Eddinger takes a leap of faith. Eddinger, a ...

Half the Sky
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 5:36pm | Type: Product

Nicholas D. Kristof Sheryl WuDunn ...

Books Project Helps Atheists Make the Case For Unbelief Behind Bars
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

Leslie Zukor was a 19-year-old student at Reed College studying prison rehabilitation programs when something jumped out at her. Leslie Zukor was a 19-year-old student at Reed Col ...

Some Protest, Others Celebrate Roe v. Wade with Festive Meals
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Arriving home from school on Jan. 22, 1973, Mary Wissink noticed her mother was unusually animated. Arriving home from school on Jan. 22, 1973, Mary Wissink noticed her mother was ...

Anti-Abortion Activist Frank Pavone Is Back in Church's Good Graces
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

After years of tensions with various bishops, Rev. Frank Pavone has complied with demands to straighten out the group’s finances and to become accountable to his home diocese in New York. ...

In 'David and Goliath,' Gladwell Provides Fresh Perspective on the Underdog
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

In the same clear, concise style that made his other books so intriguing, Gladwell challenges yet another widespread assumption — that being the underdog tends to make one an underdog forevermore. ...

Obama's Religious Freedom Record
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Barack Obama’s critics allege that the president doesn’t practice what he preaches on international religious freedom policy. Barack Obama’s critics allege that the president does ...

Study: Conservative Protestants' Divorce Rates Spread to Their Red State Neighbors
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Conservative Protestants in red states aren’t the only ones seeing high divorce rates — so are their neighbors, according to a new study. Conservative Protestants in red states ar ...

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 ...