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March for Life leader Nellie Gray Dead at 88
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Nellie Gray, the longtime leader of the annual March for Life, which protests the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, has died at age 88. WASHINGTON — Nellie Gray, ...

Evangelist Billy Graham in Hospital with Bronchitis
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Evangelist Billy Graham, 93, was admitted to a North Carolina hospital after he developed a fever on Saturday and is now being treated for bronchitis, said his longtime spokesman, A. Larry Ross. ...

We Are One: Service Resumes at Oak Creek Gurudwara
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

We are here because of the American dream. America is the place of great opportunity, a place to earn an honest living, and a place where one can practice ones’ faith freely. But maybe this shooting is the cos ...

Sermon on Eternal Life and Living Like Liberace With Your Mom and Her Friends Forever
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

I was taught that being a Christian was all about where you will spend eternity after you die – kind of like purchasing a life-insurance plan for the hereafter. Jesus said to t ...

Want to Know God? Get Religion.
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

God is bigger than the craft that is religion. God is not what we do. Nor is God some Collective Self. God is more than we can contain in even our most imaginative moments. God is more than the people who have ...

In Defense of the Om
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

In yoga, you gain a whole new appreciation for the body God gave you — the body you spend so much of your life scrutinizing, trying to cover up, or downright hating. I grew up th ...

The Final Chapter in a Promising Young Life
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

Twenty years after his death (almost to the day), driving down New York Avenue, I remembered my friend Geoffrey. I was driving when it occurred to me that it has been 20 years si ...

For Sikhs, the Soul Lives on Long After the Body Dies
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

Funeral services will be held today for the six Sikhs killed at a Wisconsin temple last Sunday. The bodies of the deceased will later be cremated — but their souls will live on, Sikh tradition teaches. ...

Do the American Nuns Have a Future?
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

Catholic sisters gathered in St. Louis for their annual assembly on Thursday intensified discussions aimed at thwarting a Vatican takeover of their group, but hanging over the meeting was an even larger existe ...

Sikhs and Sacred Ground
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 1:36pm | Type: SojoMail

August 9, 2012   GUEST COMMENTARY by Eboo Patel Sikhs an ...

Nuns Gather to Plot Response to Vatican Crackdown
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 8:31am | Type: Blog

The options under consideration by the 900 nuns — several hundred more than have attended recent gatherings — range from asking the Vatican to continue the dialogue to shuttering the LCWR and reorganizing the ...

Flash Mob Ministry: A New Model for Instant Church
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

Show up somewhere, notice the needs, address them and invite others in to hear a good word, then go out and change the world. Blaine is the kind of young man who seems to have bee ...

Narrative Theology: 'You Might As Well Love'
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 8:01am | Type: Blog

Last Sunday, the Catholic singer/songwriter/poet/theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama (who hails from County Cork, Ireland), took to Revolution NYC's "barstool pulpit," to share stories, poems, and wisdom ...

Street Artist Bringing Madonna Back
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 7:24am | Type: Blog

ROME — Even in the heartland of global Catholicism, a life-size Madonna on a street wall is an uncommon sight — especially if you leave the cobblestone alleyways of the historic center for the drab concrete of ...

Separation Anxiety: God is Dead! Long Live God!
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

Standing in the pulpit of Riverside Church, a congregation build by Rockefeller money, Henry Emerson Fosdick calls out all of Protestant Christianity. In our desire to meet the criticisms of atheists, in our d ...

Amish Report Staggering Growth in Midwest
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

The Amish are one of the fastest-growing religious groups in North America, according to a new census by researchers at Ohio State University. MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio — The Amish are on ...

The Never-Ending Story
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

To seek the welfare of the places where God sends us is no small task. Jesus would give his whole life to this task. Such a vocation demands all of who we are. The evening was wa ...

'Abstinence-Only' Exposed
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

The real message of abstinence-only is, "Don't do it, but if you do do it, (since you're sinning) don't compound the sin by planning to sin." "Ch ...

Rabbis Aim to Inject More Morality into Business
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

More than 22,300 people have taken “Money Matters,” which was first offered in January, and lawyers can get continuing legal education credit for it in 22 states. Banks make loans ...

Ode on a Summer Road Trip
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 1:31pm | Type: Blog

"Car Trouble in Indiana" — a poem by God's Politics contributor Jennifer Grant about a road trip many summers ago with her husband and brother-in-law. Car Trouble ...

Bread and Circus
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

Juvenal believed far too many citizens were far too willing to cooperate in their own exploitation. What I find incredibly intriguing — and disconcerting — about Juvenal’s observations is that, numerous genera ...

Tips for Achieving an 'Almost Amish' Lifestyle
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

Author Nancy Sleeth offers tips for acheiving each of her principles for "almost Amish" living. Editor's Note: This post is a follow-up to yesterday's ...

Ramadan Karim: Living Like Angels
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

Ramadan has stripped me bare, so that when my inner ego would usually rise up and demand recognition —something else is beginning to happen. Ramadan is no joke.  I do a 30-day ...

Snoop Drops the 'Dogg,' Becomes Snoop Lion
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 7:45am | Type: Blog

Unlike dogs, lions hold a place of pride in Rasta theology, explained Edmonds, author of a forthcoming history of the religious movement. Back in in 1993, Snoop Dogg scored a huge ...

Are the Culture Wars Real? A Case for Heresy
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

A growing number of people just don’t seem to believe that the Christian Church, in all its many forms, has much to offer them. Growing up, I heard things at camp and in youth gr ...

Ten Ways to Live 'Almost Amish'
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

These principles (similar to the list that Wendell Berry laid out more than two decades ago in Home Economics) provide guidelines for a simpler, slower, more sustainable life. They offer me hope. ...

The Religious Roots of the Olympics
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

When the Summer Olympics opened in London, there was a version of a religious ritual in the Olympic oath, procession of athletes and lighting of the flame. This was no accident because the modern Olympics have ...

A New Kind of Sexuality: Finding a Theological Framework
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 8:44am | Type: Blog

Whether wrestling with one the of non-heterosexual identities or the exigencies of birth control, the hidden costs of pornography, or the viability of chastity, 21st-century Christians have been confronted wit ...

Leave No Change Behind
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 9:45am | Type: Magazine Article

Brad R. Braxton Preaching for social transformation requires an abundance of courage, moral credibility, and the virtue of precision. ...

Bread From Heaven
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

and retreat leader. [ August 5 ] Growing Up in Every Way 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13; Psalm 78:23 ...

Science, Faith, and An Ongoing Conversation
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

Harry Emerson Fosdick was famous for lots of things, particularly the sermon "Shall The Fundamentalists Win?" which he preached on May 21, 1922. It was a call to arms of sorts within the church, enco ...

The Lower Lights — "A Hymn Revival Vol. II"
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Break out the tambourines and rise up singing! A hymn revival is happening… again. Break out the tambourines and rise up singing! A hymn revival is happening … again. Back in 2 ...

Meet the Saint: Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 12:25pm | Type: Blog

Today marks the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish founder of the Jesuits. View the video below to learn more about St. Ignatius from Fr. James Martin, SJ. Today marks t ...

I Love How History Repeats Itself
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

Okay... for all my friends out there. No, history does not repeat itself. Yes, history is a human construct. Okay... for all my friends out there. No, history does not repeat itse ...

Pennsylvania Pastor and Church Charged in Mock Raid, Kidnapping
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

It was supposed to be a realistic lesson on the dangers missionaries sometimes face overseas. But after a mother’s complaint that her teen daughter was injured and terrorized during a mock terrorist kidnapping ...

Margot's Monday Minute: On Neighbors and Neighborliness
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Neighbors and neighborliness. They're messy, surprising, and all of us. The Messiness Neighbored ...

Church Sign Epic Fails, Vol XXIV
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 8:32am | Type: Blog

For all you Arabic number snobs, that’s volume 24 of your favorite cringeworthy church signs. Order up!!! For all you Arabic number snobs, that’s volume 24 of your favorite cringe ...

All Sinners, All Saints, All Welcome
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

"I am a flawed person. I should not be allowed to be here talking to you. But you know what? That's the God we're dealing with, people." ~ Nadia Bolz-Weber to the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering ...

More Than Words
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 8:13am | Type: Blog

Here’s the challenge for those concerned with words in worship: Can we ever argue that it doesn’t matter what we say, as long as we say it properly? I don’t think so. “Words! Wor ...

Bible Museum Closes $50 million Deal for D.C. Location
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 7:20am | Type: Blog

Planners of a Bible museum in Washington, D.C., closed a $50 million deal late last week on a building two blocks from the National Mall. Planners of a Bible museum in Washing ...

Catholics Walk in the Foosteps of New Native American Saint
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 7:07am | Type: Blog

MOHAWK VALLEY, New York — Twelve-year-old Jake Finkbonner leaned over and ran his hand through a pool of water from a natural spring at the National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, in Fonda, N.Y.. With th ...

Did the Devil Make Him Do It?
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 6:43am | Type: Blog

A Catholic priest has suggested that Satan may have driven accused killer James Holmes to open fire at a Colorado cinema, continuing the religious debate over a shooting that claimed 12 lives and wounded 58 mo ...

What Christians Mean When They Bless You
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 6:34am | Type: Blog

Christians toss out blessings like beads at Mardi Gras. They get offered so often and in so many contexts that it’s hard to know what exactly it means. So I thought I’d break down at least some of the kinds of ...

Five Reasons Why Failure is Awesome
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Here are some reasons I’ve decided that failure isn’t just inevitable or necessary, but that it’s actually kind of wonderful. When I was in preschool, I was insanely jealous of th ...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place in Today's Church
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

For those of us in lay or ordained leadership, the stress of trying to please everyone, or the difficulty of being honest about what we know really must change with people we truly love and admire, often sucks ...

British Hotel Replaces Bedside Bibles with ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 7:26am | Type: Blog

A hotel in the United Kingdom has replaced in-room Gideon Bibles with the soft-porn best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey. A hotel in the United Kingdom has replaced in-room Gideon Bib ...

Suffer the Little Children: Crime and Punishment at Penn State
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: SojoMail

July 26, 2012 Suffer the Little Children: Crime and Punishment at Pe ...

Reconciling Faith and (Social) Science
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Maybe we haven't all heard the thunder clap yet, but the lightning bolt struck a while ago. We are going to have to adjust our reading of the Bible to coincide with a modern scientific understanding of th ...

The Faith of Four U.S. Women Olympians
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

The 2012 Olympic games are approaching quickly. This Friday, over 10,000 athletes will gather in London to celebrate athleticism and competition in 26 sports. While the hype of an event like this may drive ath ...

On Lamentation
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

We cannot and will not lament our powerlessness. We need to learn how. You can search the internet and find post after post about the shootings in Aurora, Colo. Rightly so. We� ...