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Provocative Art Put Catholic Nun in the Middle of 1960s Maelstrom
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

"Corita's art from the 1960s, which is based in advertising, has this great pop appeal to us today in our media-saturated culture,'' said Kathryn Wat of the National Museum of Women in the ...

Why the War on Christian Athletes Gesturing to God?
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

Why should religious leaders, of all people, turn their fire on celebrities who use their popularity for public proclamations of the Almighty's power? Why should religious le ...

Top Church Historian Diarmaid MacCulloch Sees Catholic Schism Ahead
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 8:42am | Type: Blog

Influential church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch said he believes Christianity faces a bright future, but predicted the Roman Catholic Church will undergo a major schism over its moral and social teaching. ...

Opening Doors and Liberating Churches From ‘Sacred Spaces’
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

Although church conventions tend to get attention for decisions on sexuality and gender, I am more intrigued by a movement among Episcopalians to sell their national headquarters building in New York City. ...

Nine (Final) Christian Cliches to Avoid
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

I have compiled a third (and most likely, final) list of cliches to avoid because, frankly, there were still so many worth noting that have yet to be addressed. I’ll offer a closing piece for this series tomor ...

Take From Me These Myths: A Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God: Today, like the rest of the world, when I woke I wrapped myself in myths. They are comfortable and warming in what can seem like such a cold world. Yes, they are old and worn but they ...

Q & A: 'Atheism for Dummies'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

Dale McGowan is an author and executive director of Foundation Beyond Belie f, a nontheistic charitable organization. He was recently enlisted to write “Atheism for Dummies,” the first book about nontheists from the “Dummies” series of books. ...

Study: Pastors’ Concerns for Others May Harm Their Own Health
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

created “ Spirited Life ,” a 23-month initiative that provides spiritual, physical and mental ...

Ten More Cliches Christians Should Avoid
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

After writing up my first list of Ten Cliches Christians Should Never Use , some folks wrote me with other suggestions. After simmering on it for a while, I came up with a second list of ten to supplement the first. And as there was some confu ...

The Hometown Blues
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Jesus had the blues. He had the hometown blues. So, rejected, he fled his hometown. Then he sent his apostles out into the world proclaiming peace, healing the sick and the lame, and prepared to face the sam ...

Theophony: A Theremin, a Yurt and a Band of Holy Fools
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

At the 2011 Burning Man, pastor Phil Wyman and his merry band of "crazy friends" built an art installation called "The Pillars of the Saints" — three meditation towers constructed of wood i ...

A Personal Cross Responds to Its Progressive Critique
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

Crosses as powerful symbols predate Christianity and are not the singular insignia of our faith. Some Christians prefer the fish to the cross as an identity marker for Jesus followers. I confess I simultaneous ...

QUIRK: Is Your Town Red or Blue?
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

We're not talking Republicans or Democrats; we're talking Church or Beer. A new map has divided the country into red and blue ... but this one has nothing do do with pol ...

Ten Cliches Christians Should Never Use
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

In no particular order, here are ten phrases Christians should lose with a quickness. We Christians have a remarkable talent for sticking our feet in our mouths. When searching th ...

Is Michelle Obama a 'Missional' Christian?
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

Many black churches have done a better job of keeping a holistic, Monday-through-Saturday focus on their mission than some of their white counterparts. There is a lot to learn when we take the time to look at ...

The Paddle Out: Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

We were not alone out there, bobbing up and down on our boards in the sea. Surely the Spirit of the Lord was in this place. And Mark was there, too, along with those who have gone before us into Eternity, in t ...

Sin and Chewing Gum
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

What drives so many people to atheism is not selfishness or hedonism, but the experience of abandonment in the face of suffering, grief, and injustice. Yesterday, I was walking th ...

Family Comes First for Fast-Growing Jehovah’s Witnesses
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Jehovah's Witnesses now have more than 1.1 million U.S. members and are one of the country's fastest-growing denominations, with personal evangelism required of all members. ...

Finding Faith in America's Most Secular City
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

SEATTLE — In 1962, when my younger brother was just four years old, this city perched on the nation's northwest rim held a World's Fair that imagined a glistening future. Grounded in a vision of scie ...

Sister Joan Chittister's Stanford Baccalaureate Address
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 7:25pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Sister Joan Chittister, the Benedictine Catholic sister, author and social justice stalwart, delivered the Baccalaureate address at Stanford University a few weeks ago. On God's Poltic ...

Losing Touch With Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

It’s such an easy thing to do, To overshoot and lose touch with You; Surrounded by everyday anxieties,... It’s such an easy thing to do, To overshoot and lose touch with You; ...

Wild Goose 2012 Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

For the first hour I was there as I nearly passed out trying to set up a tent in the sweltering heat, I was in a panic mode wondering why I was stupid enough to subject myself to the discomfort and imperfectio ...

Former White Supremacist Sheds Hate, Embraces Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

Two years ago, Chris Simpson led a white pride march. Six months ago, he abandoned the white supremacy movement. On April 15, he was baptized. RIVES TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Two years ag ...

Mormons and Patriotism
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

As Americans celebrate the nation’s founding, some Mormons may outdo their neighbors in fireworks, fanfare, and frenzy to express their outsized patriotism. SALT LAKE CITY — As Am ...

Leontine T.C. Kelly, Pioneering African-American Woman Bishop, Dies At 92
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

“She never ran from challenge or controversy, and she also stood fast in her convictions." ~ Bishop Judith Craig on the death of retired United Methodist Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly. ...

Why Would Jews Vandalize a Holocaust Memorial?
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

How could Jews desecrate the memories of millions of fellow Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis? The news that Israel’s memorial to Holocaust victims had been grafittied i ...

Not Just Chess: Atheists Are Organizing High School Clubs, Too
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

In another sign of the emergence of nonbelievers in American society, the Secular Student Alliance, a national organization of more than 300 college-based clubs for atheists, humanists, agnostics and other “fr ...

The Free Ticket: Traveling With An Atheist to the 2012 Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

Traveling with an outsider—either by choice, or not—has a way of not letting you ever get too comfortable on the inside. Chris Stedman is sprawled across an aisle seat of a Southw ...

Christian Churches Together Chooses New Executive Director
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

after starting his post on June 23. The network of more than 40 churches and Christian groups ...

What Makes for Sacred Ground?
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel If the forces of pluralism don’t write the next chapter in the American story, the forces of prejudice will. ...

Breaking the Bubble Wrap
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Magazine Article

David M. Csinos and Brian D. McLaren We may be tempted to quarantine our children from the scary world out there—but it's better to ...

'Croon Her to Sleep with Freedom Songs'
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick The goal of social justice parenting is not to produce the "right" kind of child—it is to create an environ ...

Gardeners of Youth
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 10:12am | Type: Magazine Article

Catherine Maresca Nurturing the life of children, from stage to stage. We who nurture the life of children co ...

Stability vs. Mobility
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Isaac S. Villegas and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Should we stay or should we go? Being rooted in one place is a good thing, but faithfulne ...

The Mother of Mujerista Theology
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Remembering Ada María Isasi-Díaz Ada María Isasi-Díaz often quipped that she “was born a fe ...

A 'Hostile Takeover' of Women Religious
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:18pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joan Chittister The Vatican attacks on Catholic sisters will sap the church's impact in the world. AFTER ...

Dynamics of Ordinary Time
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

] Power in the Provisional 2 Samuel 7:1-14; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 ...

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 ...