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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 ...

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 ...