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Spiritual Renewal Meets Bodily Renewal in Mikvah
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

How scandalous the Christian notion of one baptism must have been, in a culture built on this cycle of observance and commitment. Not long ago, on an otherwise unremarkable winte ...

Israel’s Conservative Movement OKs Gay and Lesbian Rabbis
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

In a landmark decision, the Israeli branch of Conservative Judaism announced that its rabbinical school will begin to accept gay and lesbian candidates for ordination. JERUSALEM—I ...

More Churches Turning to High-Tech Outreach
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Technology should ultimately be an enhancement, not a replacement, for gathering in person for worship, discussion, debate and service to others, said Drew Goodmanson, CEO of Monk Development, which helps chur ...

Loving in Truth and Action: A New Hymn based on I John 3:16-18
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

On April 29th, many churches will be hearing this reading from I John 3:16-24 as the Epistle Lesson for the Revised Common Lectionary for the Fourth Sunday of Easter/Year B. Here is a new hymn inspired by thi ...

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a (Hindu) Match
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Turns out even love can use a little help every now and then, and the age-old practice of arranged Hindu marriages is getting a 21st-century makeover. LOS ANGELES—Kamna Mittal and ...

What To Do About “Radical Feminist Nuns”
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

American nuns have gotten into some hot water with the Vatican, whose representatives claim the nuns are practicing “certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” ...

Is Pope Ratzinger Suffering From the Seven-Year Itch?
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

As Pope Benedict XVI marked his seventh anniversary as pope, many Catholics were wondering if the pontiff is finally becoming the papal enforcer that some feared – and others hoped – he would be when he was el ...

Sojourners Recipe for Delicious and Easy Bread
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

This bread is extremely popular around the Sojourners offices and, in honor of Sojourners magazine’s May 2012 issue about food justice, from farm to table, we’re bringing it to you! ...

Young Millennials: Rethinking Religion
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

One in four young millennials (age 18-24) identify themselves as religiously unaffiliated—up from 11 percent in their childhood. But the distinguishing factor for this age group is that the “unaffiliated” labe ...

Kirk Cameron: From Prime-Time Hearthrob to Hollywood ‘Freak’
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

Hollywood scolds and even mocks Kirk Cameron who is a vocal evangelical Christian, and, in the view of many of his fellow celebrities, kind of a jerk. Kirk Cameron was once one of ...

‘The Voice’: New Bible Translation Focuses on Dialogue
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

Seven years in the making, "The Voice" is the latest entry into the crowded field of English Bible translations. NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The name Jesus Christ doesn't appe ...

Bishop to Reopen 12 Closed Parishes
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon on Tuesday (April 17) announced that he will reopen 12 churches whose closings were reversed by the Vatican last month. Roman Catholic Bishop ...

Murder-Suicide Desperation Prompts Soul-Searching in Oregon
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Up to 10 percent of elderly or near-elderly residents are uninsured, and many more can't afford the kind of supplemental insurance that will provide a strong safety net. ORTL ...

Social Media and Our Epidemic of Loneliness
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter are byproducts of this isolation, rather than the cause of the loneliness. When they become problematic is when we rely on them to be a surrogate for real, face-to-face relation ...

Was Jesus a Fundamentalist?
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

“If Jesus was your only source of information about what Christianity should look like, how would you live your life?” When I was in my early 20’s, a Bible teacher by the name of ...

When Religion and Spirituality Collide
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

The Anglican fight over gay clergy is usually framed as a left and right conflict, part of the larger saga of political division. But this narrative obscures a more significant tension in Western societies: th ...

Pope Turns 85 Amid Speculation of Resignation
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI turned 85 on Monday (April 16) amid renewed speculation about his declining health and possible resignation. VATICAN CITY—Pope Benedict XVI turned 85 on Monday ( ...

Spirituality and Sexuality: Deconstructing Boundaries
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

I didn’t expect that deconstructing my sexual boundaries in the name of faith would cause me to develop boundaries. But these new ones aren’t oppressive, because they come from an understanding of myself. ...

More Church Sign Epic Fails
Originally Posted: 04/15/2012 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Hard to top the Easter Edition, but here’s another batch of church signs to keep you smiling on Tax Day. Hard to top the Easter Edition, but here’s another batch to keep you smili ...

Alumni Don’t Want Desmond Tutu to Speak at Gonzaga
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is slated to deliver the commencement address next month to Gonzaga University’s graduating class, but group of alumni are urging administrators to withdraw the invitation. ...

Man Spends 12 Months Practicing 12 Different Religions, Finds Peace at Year’s End
Originally Posted: 04/13/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina man practiced 12 different religions in the course of a year and doesn't call himself by any of them. LUMBERTON, N.C.—Andrew Bowen sat yoga-style in his armcha ...

Man Behind ‘Near-Death Experience’ Ponders the Afterlife
Originally Posted: 04/12/2012 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

In his new memoir, "Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife," the 67-year-old Raymond Moody looks back, reflecting on his fascination with death, the effect of his life's work, and tryin ...

Childless Woman: 'I Wanted That Suffering'
Originally Posted: 04/11/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

I was pretty sure my parents were insane when I was a kid. It never made any sense to me when they’d talk about how they’d rather have something bad happen to them instead of to me. ...

Images from Tuesday's Q Conference
Originally Posted: 04/11/2012 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

Images from Day 1 of the 2012 Q Conference in Washington, D.C., Tuesday April 10, with speakers including Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis, philanthropist Roberta Ahmanson, the Rev. Joel Hunter, researcher Ed Stetzer ...

Q Conference - Ed Stetzer and The Future of Discipleship
Originally Posted: 04/11/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

LifeWay recently completed a study looking at, among other things, the future of discipleship. The study examined eight attributes of discipleship: biblical engagement, obeying God and denying self, serving Go ...

Young Adults: Forget Church, Follow Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/10/2012 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

But we’re distracted, skeptical and even a little paranoid, especially when it comes to institutions. So what’s the answer? Those invested in ministry have to decide what matters most. ...

Q Conference Brings Together Christian Leaders
Originally Posted: 04/10/2012 - 1:52pm | Type: Blog

The annual Q conference has begun. In it’s 5th year, the conference has come to Washington, D.C. and brought together about 700 thought, spiritual and cultural Christian leaders. ...

Anthropology of Communion with God
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

From T.M. Luhrmann's research with prayer groups at Vineyard Church, she describes the ways some Christians are encouraged to use their imagination to converse with God in hopes that the exchange will cre ...

The Problem With the Tebow Easter Extravaganza
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

I didn’t see Tim Tebow’s Easter Sunday appearance in Texas. For one, it’s in Texas and I’m not. Plus I kind of have a standing gig on Sundays. But more than that, I was irked when I heard about the big event b ...

‘Reverts’ Return to Their Childhood Faith
Originally Posted: 04/09/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, more than half of Americans say they've switched religions at least once, but just 9 percent of U.S. adults say they've returned to the pews, ...

At Easter, Poetry Helps Us Remember
Originally Posted: 04/08/2012 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Poetry is language made material. It presents us with objects and the world, yes, that is part of its materiality, but it also – and perhaps fundamentally – makes our very language into a thing, rather than s ...

President Obama on Passover, Easter: 'Common Thread of Humanity'
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

"These holidays have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago. They connect us to our past and give us strength as we face the future. And they remind us of the common thread of huma ...

Good Friday: This is Insane.
Originally Posted: 04/07/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

I also know some baptist preachers who tell the story of the Passion of Christ every Sunday. It is the Gospel, after all. This story, the Passion, is The Gospel for many of us Christian preachers. And to not s ...

Via Dolorosa: A Good Friday Musical Meditation
Originally Posted: 04/06/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

23:42). There are perhaps no more human words in all of Scripture, no prayer we can pray so well." ~ ...

The Stones Are Singing
Originally Posted: 04/06/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

The image that moved his heart became one to which he returns daily, as do I. For the piercing of the side of the helpless man hanging on the cross happened not just then and there at Golgotha; it happens here ...

What’s So Good About Good Friday?
Originally Posted: 04/06/2012 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

It turns out that, although plenty of folks have their own explanations, nobody actually knows why we call it Good Friday. I think the Germans are spot-on by calling it Karfreitag, which means “Suffering Frida ...

Into the Dark Woods
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 1:01pm | Type: SojoMail

April 5, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Our only hope today lies in ...

Compassion Wins: A Longtime Atheist Becomes Christian
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

Patrick Greene, a lifelong atheist known for his public stands against Christianity, recently announced that he has become a Christian. Patrick Greene, a lifelong atheist known fo ...

Chuck Colson in Critical Condition After Brain Surgery
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Chuck Colson, the evangelical leader and founder of Prison Fellowship, is in critical condition after undergoing surgery following a brain hemorrhage on Friday. Chuck Colson, the ...

Take Up Your Towel and Follow Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

Jesus healed and he taught and he called for others to follow him, yet the suffering still was all around. Some part of his humanity must have wanted to take up a sword and fight it. Yet he knew that violence ...

Maundy Thursday: The Last Supper and Gethsemane
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a playlist of songs inspired by or that speak in some way to the Holy Week journey that brings us to Maundy Thursday and the great mandate from which the day takes its name: "If I, the ...

Vicar Sentenced for Conducting Sham Marriages
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

A Church of England vicar has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for conducting hundreds of bogus weddings and illegally pocketing more than 30,000 pounds ($48,000) in fees. ...

Catholic Group Leaves Vanderbilt Over Membership Rules
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

One of the largest student religious groups at Vanderbilt University is leaving campus in a dispute over the school's non-discrimination policy that bars student groups from requiring their leaders to hol ...

Six Plagues of Our Time
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

I don’t ascribe to the belief that God sends such horrific episodes upon us as punishment, but I do believe that our free will affords us enough rope to hang ourselves at times, so to speak. Our current plague ...

Holy is the Sound
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

There's much to contemplate this Holy Week, from Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday to Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. Many artists have traveled this path, creating sonic accompaniment for the varied e ...

Faith is Certain and Endless
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 10:59pm | Type: Blog

Faith alone offers no guarantees. Faith is not the proof of our beliefs, but rather the hope that what we choose to believe in is right. While the proven theories in life can only extend to a given limit, the ...

These Dry Bones
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I stood in the middle of a valley. Hot wind whipped the sand at my feet. Dry bones, bleached by the sun covered the valley floor. Son of man, God said, can these bones live? It ...

The Pain of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

When people commit an offense against us, our natural inclination is to commit an offense against them. Not just any offense, but an offense that is bigger, badder, and one that hurts far more. We call this re ...

What Did Jesus Do on Holy Saturday?
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 8:40pm | Type: Blog

Every Christian knows the story: Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. But what did he do on Saturday? Every Christian knows the story: Jesus ...

Elderly Married Couple Writes Pope Benedict XVI’s Good Friday Talk
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 8:39pm | Type: Blog

An elderly married couple asked by Pope Benedict XVI to write the texts for the traditional Stations of the Cross procession on Good Friday at the Colosseum in Rome has chosen to tackle family problems such as ...