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Two Reasons I'm Not A 'None'
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

It’s not surprising that a third of my peers say they are religiously unaffiliated. Our religious lives are too complex these days to fit in neat boxes with one-word labels. I may be a “Christian,” but does t ...

Meet the Nones: From Pastor to Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

The truth is I am one of growing number of people who choose not to affiliate with any organized religion. I am a “none,” and my journey to “none” started a long before I left for seminary. ...

Adventists Call Female Ordinations 'Serious Mistake'
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tuesday said recent decisions by two regional bodies to allow ordained female pastors were "serious mistakes," and women who are ordained won't be ...

Ladies: Need A Pick-Me-Up?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

Take a few minutes to remember that our differences — whether it be crooked smiles, frizzy hair, or 6-foot-frame — to others look like character, enviable natural curls, or modelesque stature. You're beau ...

First Thoughts: Living With Abundant Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 8:11am | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Theologian extraordinnaire Tripp Hudgins put together this edition of First Thoughts on living with abundance, butting up against living with anxiety. Edi ...

Ethiopian Orthodoxy, Tawahedo, and 'Being Made One'
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:36pm | Type: Blog

LAKE TANA, Ethiopia — We finally returned to the boats, where the rest of our group was waiting patiently, and on our journey back to Bahir Dar, I began thinking about pilgrimage and how, perhaps, what you bel ...

Searching for the Real Martin Luther
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

On Oct. 31, 1517, an Augustinian friar named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses for debate on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and so sparked a religious reform even he could not control. ...

New Native American Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Stirs Mixed Emotions
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Some viewpoints reflect the diverse, seemingly contradictory reactions to the young Mohawk woman who converted to Catholicism more than 300 years ago and will be declared a saint on Sunday. ...

A Sermon on Hacking Off Our Own Limbs for Jesus
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Were I one for object lessons I’d have brought a nice sharp axe with me into the pulpit today. Because it’s only once in awhile that we get to hear Jesus talk about brutal self-mutilation as a sign of disciple ...

Meet the Nones: Pouring Out Love
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Whether there is a God or not, pouring as much love into the world as I can will leave the place better than I found it. And if there is a God who resembles what ancient humans set down in the Bible, so much t ...

Learning to Take It Slow
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

I was hearing the wisdom of experience: been there, didn't take the time, thought I was healed, wasn't. When I alerted my readers that I would be taking time off from ...

Because He Loved Us: A Call to Action
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

In a world that seems completely and irrevocably divorced from the teachings of Christ, where in contemporary society is there a place for the Christian voice? In a world that see ...

Meet the Nones: PBS Takes a Closer Look (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the rise of the unaffiliated. PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the ...

Breakaway Group Offers More Progressive Form of Catholicism
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

While the sacraments and many fundamental beliefs remain identical to those of Roman Catholicism, the ANCC presents a more progressive version of Catholicism: divorced members can take Communion, women and gay ...

Louis C.K. on Our Neighbor’s Bowl and What 'Fair' Is
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

If Jesus is, in fact, the example to which we look, let’s consider for a moment the point at which he is near death on the cross, abandoned by all who claimed to love him, taunted and tortured by figures of au ...

The Nones: Saving Perfection
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

We domesticate Jesus so easily when he's actually calling us to is something rather wild and unpredictable. Jesus is calling us to leave all of our security behind. Jesus is asking us to live with him and ...

On Religious Deserts and the Canaanite Woman
Originally Posted: 10/12/2012 - 9:33am | Type: Blog

Personally I tend to come from the perspective that we all have opportunities to enrich one another’s perspective, and when I have the opportunity to be in an environment where the majority of people around me ...

Meet the Nones: Humbly Christian
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

Brandon Hook tells his story of why he's part of the 20 percent of Americans who identify with "no religion in particular." Editor's Note: Brandon Hook ...

Ministers and Musicians: Allies or Rivals?
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 5:36pm | Type: Blog

Eileen Guenther, the national president of the American Guild of Organists, reveals behind-the-scenes church struggles in her new book, Rivals or a Team?: Clergy-Musician Relationships in the Twenty-First Cent ...

Jazz Fusion — Like It Or Not
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

There are many tensions in life that push and pull us in unpredictable directions. We may not like the melody of jazz fusion, but it’s a big part of life’s musical score. One of t ...

How Should Churches Address the 'Nones?'
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

There’s a new study out this week that shows that one-in-five Americans has no religious affiliation. Not Baptist, not Catholic, not Lutheran, not Jewish, not Muslim. For those of us in the world of organized ...

50 Years Ago, Vatican II Changed the Catholic Church — And the World
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 8:33pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years ago was the first day of the Second Vatican Council, more popularly known as Vatican II, which was designed to assess the church’s role in a rapidly changing world. F ...

Meet the Nones: Words Are Unnecessary
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Perhaps most of all, I am tired of trying to find words to capture this faith experience, that is, ultimately, unexplainable. This ineffable, constant connection to this God who even if I were to run away from ...

The Story Behind the Dalai Lama’s Chair
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

For the Dalai Lama, it’s all about the oversized chair. SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Lots of rock stars expect cushy perks at the venues where they perform. Requests can include special foo ...

Meet the Nones: A General Profile of the Unaffiliated
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

three-quarters of them voted for Barack Obama and 23 percent for John McCain, making them as strongly Democratic ... concentrated in the West and least concentrated in the South. While 23 percent of Americans live in the West, ...

Pope Benedict XVI Convenes Bishops to Confront ‘Tsunami’ of Secularism
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council revolutionized life inside the Roman Catholic Church, hundreds of bishops from around the world are gathered in Rome to confront an external threat: a mounting tide ...

Mormons Lower Age for Missionaries: 19 for Women, 18 for Men
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

on missions as well. Mike Salazar, 23, called the change “inspired.” Salazar, who was originally from ...

Canada Cuts All Non-Christian Prison Chaplains
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons. TORONTO — The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Chr ...

What Do We Believe: Affirmations of Faith and Invitations for Expression
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

The following is my attempt to draft a Christian contextual creed. A “creed” is an authoritative expression of belief, and within many religious communities, such statements gene ...

Church Sign Epic Fails, Birthday Edition
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

So yeah, it’s my birthday, and that really doesn’t have anything to do with church signs. But hey, I gotta call it something, right??? So yeah, it’s my birthday, and that really ...

50 Years After Vatican II, Should Pope John XXIII Be a Saint?
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years after Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council that revolutionized the Catholic Church, will the jolly man known as the "Good Pope" be declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Ch ...

Unitarian Universalists See Chance for Growth in Growth of Secularism
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

Unitarian Universalists grew nationally by 15.8 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For Natha ...

A World Without Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

23:1-7; Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37 THE LITURGICAL YEAR reaches its climax ...

The Pastor's Message
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Magazine Article

Cathleen Falsani Author Eugene Peterson has a lot to say about being and doing. And about facing life in our forties and beyond. ...

Sheer Christianity
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Granberg-Michaelson What would our faith look like if we really put it on the line? DURING HOLY WEEK this ...

Word on the Street
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Magazine Article

Charles L. Howard For Rev. Deborah Little, giving it all away is a sign you're doing something right. EX ...

Is the Future of Church in Fantasy Faith Leagues?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

A growing majority of people outside the church doors don’t really care about the denominational logo over the entryway, the name inscribed on the stone sign by the street or the long, rich history of all the ...

Remember the Dangerous Animals
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

Blessing of the animals does too little to recognize the complex power of animals in God’s creation, or even in the life of St. Francis. This week, thousands of churches will host ...

No Man (or Nation) is an Island
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

NEW YORK — Manhattan was a traffic nightmare as the United Nations General Assembly was in session and security precautions ramped up. Iran's president gave his usual insulting address. Israel's prim ...

Who Are Our Galileos?
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

What if the world doesn't act the way people think it acts? Who thinks differently? Who are our Galileos? During this past year, Jupiter and Venus reached their peak brightne ...

Orphans Among Us
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

We were wealthy and Southern and had everything that went along with both: a close-knit community, punctilious social obligations, and money to stay afloat. In the world in which I grew up, everyone surely kne ...

Descendants Want Justice for Connecticut Witches
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Connecticut was executing suspected witches some 40 years before the infamous (and better known) trials in Salem, Mass. Scores of others were put on trial until witchcraft was no longer listed as a capital cri ...

Words of Wisdom from The Donald: "Get Even"
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

It seems like the Bible is the one piece of real estate Donald Trump is unfamiliar with. Or maybe he’s just never read any of that “Jesus” stuff in the New Testament. It seems lik ...

From the Archives: November 1981
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 12:59pm | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Lou Kownacki The Art of Waiting IN THE PAST two years, I’ve done two smart things: I went fishing last s ...

Spirited Debate
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

The premise of the interview was a discussion of my book, Banned Questions About the Bible, but you’ll soon realize as you listen that we got into all sorts of other interesting topics, such as salvation, inte ...

My Morning Prayer
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

Faithful God, help us find you in those who seem to be the smallest and most forgotten ones around us, for you said you would be here with us in them. Help us have faith. Dear God ...

Pope to Society of St. Pius X: You Must Accept Second Vatican Council
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI has reportedly told the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) that they must accept the Second Vatican Council, a move that might seal the fate of years of negotiations to bring the gro ...

Vatican Lifts Suspension of Priest who Altered Prayers at Mass
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

An Illinois priest who was forced out of his parish by his bishop for improvising prayers during Mass has had his suspension reversed by the Vatican. An Illinois priest who was fo ...

Giving, Receiving, and the Ethics of Music
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

What if music were ethics? What if music were ethics? You know, the art of listening and producing sounds as ethics?  I'm just thinking on the old blog here. I'm p ...

QUIRK: Why Metaphysics Matters
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 6:09pm | Type: Blog

According to John Cobb, a theologian who played a crucial role in the development of process theology, metaphysics asks, "what is it in and of itself that constitutes what is truly real and actual"? ...