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Fulton Sheen on the Road to Sainthood
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday recognized Archbishop Fulton Sheen's "heroic virtues," moving the popular radio and TV evangelist one step closer to sainthood. ...

Archbishop of Canterbury Slams Christians Who Feel `Disgusted’ about Homosexuality
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

LONDON — Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams criticized some Christians for feeling so "embarrassed and ashamed and disgusted" over homosexuality that they seem unwelcoming to outsiders and conve ...

Colorado Springs and the Wrath of an Angry God
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

Colorado Springs really must have angered God. I’m not sure what the city's residents have done, but He has to have a reason for burning up homes and possessions. One thing we know: God sends messages thr ...

Wild Goose: A Sacred and Safe Place
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

In many hours of talking to Mike over the past few years, he has told me tales of horrible religious abuse; of being denied food because he had not said the appropriate prayer, of being evicted from the gospel ...

New York City Churches Will No Longer Be Evicted from Public Buildings (For Now)
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

Sarah Pulliam Bailey at Christianity Today reports: More than 60 churches that faced possible eviction Sunday from New York City public schools should have more room to breathe. The churches will be allowed t ...

Life in Translation
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

I have been thinking about the church of my youth. I have been remembering, if you will, as a guy who has read too much Updike (I'll never forgive him for the Rabbit books) might remember his youth. ...

Michelle Obama Addresses Leaders at the African Methodist Episcopal Church Conference
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Today, as President Obama followed the monumental decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act, his wife, Michelle Obama addresses an assembly of 30,000 leaders and laity at the African Meth ...

Top 10 Things I Learned From the Wild Goose
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

10) Don't try to tame the Wild Goose. Full stop. That sacred Goose — the Holy Spirit — knows what it’s doing. Just get out of the way and, to paraphrase W.H. Auden, when grace shows up and begins to danc ...

How the Wild Goose Cured My Heebie-Jeebies
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

I imagined the spaces and places other than church that might be out there for churchless people “like me.” Bars? Starbucks? Soccer games? Bars? (Sorry, did I mention 'bars' already? I get a bit dist ...

When All the Church Can Say Is 'I'm Sorry'
Originally Posted: 07/01/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

The whole experience was exhilarating, partly because it started out being utterly terrifying. It could have gone very differently, and in a different context, it still might. But that doesn’t mean that more p ...

Beer & Hymns: Imagining Christianity
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 8:09pm | Type: Blog

As we attended workshops and concerts, met new people, and tried to make sense of the larger impact this gathering might have beyond us, we kept coming back to that statement we heard early on about Walter Win ...

The Death of Cynicism
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 12:09am | Type: Blog

I knew I was cynical, but I didn’t know I was about to die from my cynicism. Then I went to the Wild Goose Festival. I wasn’t healed there. Just the opposite. I was playfully wooed to mourn the passing of my y ...

To Know, To Love, To Heal
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

What does Jesus’ encounters with a desperate, suffering woman and a young girl believed to be dead have to do with America’s love of freedom and fireworks? Fifth Sunday After Pe ...

Wild Goose Heaven Is Our Answer to Hate
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

The second Wild Goose Festival has just ended. I left a piece of my heart in the hills of North Carolina. Ahead is the third WG fest at the end of August in Portland OR. And then there will be next year and th ...

Fear, Self-Centeredness and the Storm at Sea
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

Sometimes the faithfulness of God actually looks like the fact that there is a better story than the way you want things to work out. NBW sermon 6_24_2012 <——- Click he ...

Vatican Blames Lack of Priests on Secularism, Abuse, Parents
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

The “Pastoral Guidelines for Fostering Vocations to Priestly Ministry” were prepared over the last seven years by the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education. VATICAN C ...

The Disease of Building Theology in the Theoretical
Originally Posted: 06/25/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

May we not only learn from our brothers and sisters in third-world countries, may we allow their life and practice to inform the voice of the Church global as much our best books, sermons, and lectures. ...

Late Jesuit and Ex-Congressman Robert Drinan Accused of Attempted Sex Assault
Originally Posted: 06/25/2012 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

A popular online advice columnist has said that the late Rev. Robert Drinan, a famed Jesuit priest and onetime Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, tried to kiss and fondle her in the 1970s when she was 18 or 19 years old. Emily Yoffe, who writ ...

Men Can't Have It All, and Why They Never Did
Originally Posted: 06/22/2012 - 8:34pm | Type: Blog

Maybe you can’t “have it all.” But why is that the question to begin with? Why does this topic of conversation perennially rear it’s head to make women feel like they’re not doing it right? And why is the ques ...

Donations to Religious Institutions Decline for Second Straight Year
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Post-recession America is beginning to open its wallet to charities again, but is not giving as generously to religious institutions. WASHINGTON — Post-recession America is begin ...

Love Greater Than Our Differences: Christian Piatt's Interview on ChurchNext
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

I spoke with Chris Yaw recently, host of an online program called ChurchNext. On it, he has dialogues with a number of church leaders about the current state of organized religion, the changing face of Christi ...

Being Pushy Is OK When You’re Pushing Back
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Imagine the moral authority that church leaders could exercise if they turned their eyes outward to a needy world, rather than endlessly surveying the insider crowd for what they want and are willing to pay fo ...

What Would Jesus Brew? Tapping Our Franciscan Roots
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

So which is it? Is alcohol the lynchpin of the decline of civilization, or is it a sacrament, not only to be enjoyed, but to be held up as a gift from the Almighty? There’s a wel ...

The Fallacy of Statements of Faith
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

I appreciate that some folks want to be very explicit and clear about what they believe. ... But personally, I think the whole “sign the statement of faith” thing is more or less pointless. ...

American Nuns Call Vatican Talks ‘Difficult’
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

Relations between the Vatican and the American nuns who are under investigation seem to be worsening after the sisters said on June 18 that initial discussions with Rome about a resolution to their standoff we ...

Evangelical Group Proposes Code of Ethics for Pastors
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

The National Association of Evangelicals is urging pastors to seek a common moral ground by uniting under a consistent code of ethics. NAE leaders said the new code  will provide uniform guidance to church leaders across the 40 denominations t ...

The Community of Fatherhood
Originally Posted: 06/16/2012 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

Those of us who are so blessed must commit to be those examples for everyone in all our communities. It takes us all sharing who we are and what we know with others. Being a fath ...

Public Service: Where Politics Meets Faith
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

The example of public service and the principles of stewardship and goodwill that my father carries became some of the most important things that contributed to the way I view our world and the way I treat our ...

Catholic Bishops Told to Follow Their Own Policies Against Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

Amid continuing headlines about cover-ups of child abuse in the Catholic Church, an oversight board of lay Catholics on June 13 warned the nation’s bishops that they must follow their own policies against abus ...

Southern Baptists Poised to Elect First Black President
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

With the Southern Baptist Convention poised to elect its first African-American president at its meeting next week in New Orleans, the mostly black congregation at Colonial Baptist Church is equal parts excite ...

The Minister's Treehouse
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

God told Noah to build an ark, and God told Horace to build a tree house. That’s pretty much how this story goes. God told Noah to build an ark, and God told Horace to build a tre ...

In ‘Cordial’ Dialogue, Vatican Asserts Control Over U.S. Nuns
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

Leaders of an umbrella group that represents the majority of U.S. nuns met with top Vatican doctrinal officials on June 12 in an atmosphere of “openness and cordiality,” according to a Vatican statement. ...

Rooting for Tiger Woods Now More Than Ever
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

But shouldn’t we be the first ones to come alongside those who have fallen to show mercy, love, grace and compassion? Of all people in this world, shouldn’t Christians always root for restoration? ...

QUIRK: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's ... Super Saints?
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 7:48am | Type: Blog

Italian artist Igor Scalisi Palminteri is fascinated by religion — and superheroes, apparently. In a series of statuary called "Agiographie," Palminteri reimangines traditional images of Jesus, the H ...

Sister Simone Campbell Schools Colbert on the Social Gospel
Originally Posted: 06/12/2012 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

NETWORK's Executive Director Sister Simone Campbell responds to the Vatican's "radical feminist" charges, and Stephen learns how to get into heaven. "Amer ...

Church No More: Part 1 — Walking Away From Church
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

This minister is walking away from church — well, at least for the next three months. I'm rewriting the old African-American spiritual “Down By the Riverside.” (Don't ...

Former USCIRF Staffer Charges Muslim Bias
Originally Posted: 06/12/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

A former staffer of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has filed suit against the watchdog agency, saying that it rescinded a job offer because she is Muslim and had worked for a Muslim adv ...

Adam, Eve and That Damned Snake
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Because now, according to this version of what the story is about, every person born after that inherited original sin from Eve. That’s right. Eve messed it up for everyone by eating some piece of fruit God to ...

Crystal Cathedral to Move to Smaller Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

In a building swap, the Crystal Cathedral has announced it will move its congregation to a smaller Roman Catholic church after the iconic Protestant megachurch was sold to the Catholic Diocese of Orange, Calif ...

Anne Lamott's Commencement Speech at U.C. Berkely: 'You Are Not Your Bank Account ... You Are Spirit.'
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Author Anne Lamott, one of our favorite Jesus-loving subversives, recently delivered the undergraduate and interdisciplinary studies commencement address at the University of California at Berkeley. ...

Franciscan Friars Back American Nuns in Vatican Spat
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Leaders from the seven Franciscan provinces in the U.S. publicly backed a group of American nuns on Thursday (June 7), calling a Vatican crackdown on the women “excessive.” The br ...

10 Years After Catholic Sex Abuse Reforms, What’s Changed?
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather in Atlanta next week (June 13-15) for their annual spring meeting, a top agenda item will be assessing the reforms they adopted 10 years ago as revelations of widespre ...

Missional Church: A Paper Revolution
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes we want to believe that a new ad campaign, worship service or big, expensive mission trip will give us the charge we need to turn things around in the church. But what if the real revolutions take pl ...

Hell and Mr. Fudge
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

A new film, 'Hell and Mr. Fudge', compresses the events of the years when Edward Fudge, now a Houston-based lawyer and internationally known Bible teacher and author, began an intensive study of the ...

Becoming Unglued (In a Good Way)
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

What matters is human ingenuity. Allow people a window of freedom, and they will fly through it. SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. --- Like many air travelers, I have learned to expect the w ...

Young Snake Handlers Grasp the Power of Faith
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

Hamblin, 21, pastor of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., is part of a new generation of serpent-handling Christians who are revitalizing a century-old faith tradition in Tennessee. ...

Rebel Nuns: When the Faithful Stop Obeying
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

It seems the Sisters of North America are calling the Vatican out. When criticized by Vatican officials for taking a position too far left of center on a number of social issues, the Leadership Conference of W ...

What’s at Stake in Pope Benedict XVI’s Visit to Philadelphia
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Nearly lost amid ongoing reports about the Vatican leaks scandal, Rome’s battle with American nuns, the American bishops’ battle for religious freedom, and the priest on trial in Philadelphia, was the news tha ...

Vatican ‘Moles’ Say Pope’s Butler Didn’t Act Alone, Vow More Leaks
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Despite the arrest of Pope Benedict XVI's butler two weeks ago, leaks of confidential documents continue to dribble out of the Vatican as “moles” vow to continue their action until the pope's two clo ...

Vatican Censors Nun’s Book on Sexual Ethics
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

A long-simmering conflict between the Vatican and American nuns erupted again on June 4 when the Vatican's doctrinal office issued a scathing critique of a popular book on sexual ethics by Sister Margaret ...