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The Sacred Rite of Hunting Bald Eagles
Originally Posted: 03/20/2012 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

Until recently, it was illegal for Native Americans to acquire bald eagle feathers and parts – relics used for a variety of tribal rituals and ceremonies – by any means other than family or the National Eagle ...

Remembering Pope Shenouda III: 'A Heart for Unity'
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

The death of Pope Shenouda III, leader of the 10 million Coptic Christians centered in Egypt, comes at a critical time for this church, which makes up about 10 percent of the Egyptian population. Today’s funer ...

Judge Rules for Breakaway Church in St. Louis
Originally Posted: 03/19/2012 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Wading into sensitive church-state territory, a Missouri judge has ruled in favor of an independent-minded Catholic church that claims ownership of its property and autonomy from the Archdiocese of St. Louis. ...

Stuffed Cows and the Self-Imposed Cost of Free Grace
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 4:03am | Type: Blog

It was remarkable to me, with a little bit of healthy distance, how similar the two situations ended up being. Though in one, the fit was about mourning the loss of some ideal that might have been (but probabl ...

Home, Sweet Home
Originally Posted: 03/19/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

As children we might make a game of it. You know, like when you play tag with your friends and you create a safe place where you can't be tagged. Even when we play games it's important to have a plac ...

More Epic Fail: A Tour of Ill-Conceived Church Signage
Originally Posted: 03/19/2012 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

Some Christians reject science, but math too? There's a fine line between relevance and pandering, and they found it. Now why is it again that folks think Christians are narrow-minded? Science, Math, and ...

Naomh Padraig: St. Patrick's Day, John O'Donohue and Blessing
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 6:24pm | Type: Blog

To bless someone, in the most literal sense of the word, is to confer your hopes to them. That's why so many traditional blessings begin with the word "may." To bl ...

Cleveland Bishop Has 60 Days to Appeal Church Closures
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

CLEVELAND--Bishop Richard Lennon on Wednesday (March 14) received the official Vatican decrees that overturn his closings of 13 Catholic parishes, the diocese said, kicking off a 60-day period for him to decide whether to appeal. "The process t ...

Priest Defends Denying Communion to Lesbian
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

A Catholic priest who was pulled from ministry after a furor over denying Communion to a lesbian at her mother's funeral insists he did the right thing and criticized the Washington archdiocese for discip ...

Slavery, Tokenism and the Atheist PR Debacle
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Atheist activism is hardly news these days. Folks are feeling increasingly convicted about taking their disbelief public, and more specifically, pointing out the damage done by religion. But it seems the most ...

Archbishop of Canterbury Resigns and Speculation Quickly Turns to His Successor
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

Williams' surprise announcement stunned the religious world, even as the short list of prospective successors swiftly began to circulate. Williams, 61, has led the Church of England and the world's 7 ...

Tony Blair, UK's Chief Rabbi on the Resignation of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Upon learning that Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has announced his intention to resign at the end of the year, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the UK's Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks ...

Breaking: Archbishop of Canterbury Resigns
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, announced this morning that he is resigning at the end of the year. After more than 20 years as bishop and then archbishop, Williams plans to return to academia at Cam ...

Crystal Cathedral: A Cautionary Tale
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

* As members of the Schuller family head in new directions — Coleman and brother-in law Jim Penner plan to start a new church this Sunday — the famous glass-walled church offers a cautionary tale of the p ...

In St. Patrick's Footsteps: Humor and Humanity
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 11:15pm | Type: Blog

We know very little for sure about Ireland’s patron saint, the embodiment of the spirit of the place where I was born and raised, and the reason many of us will be partying this weekend to remember a land wher ...

Knotted Celt
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 11:12pm | Type: Blog

Howling wind whipped my long, unruly hair in penitent lashes across my face as I stood in the rain, staring at the churning sea at the northernmost point of Ireland. This place, Malin Head in County Donegal, f ...

Sermon on Losing Your Life and How Jesus Isn’t Your Magical Puppy
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

See, I wrote another sermon this week. A real one. I worked on it all week. And then yesterday afternoon I threw it away and just wrote you this letter instead. Because I realized that in my sermon I was tryin ...

Spiritual Refugees, Mainline Protestants and Missed Opportunities
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

I've been speaking at many small colleges that have historical ties to the oldest mainline denominations in the U.S. I have been noticing something interesting: a terrific hunger for a deeper spirituality ...

Tithing: No Buts About It
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: SojoMail

March 15, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK “A huge problem is that the ...

What is Church 2.0?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Here is a condensed version of a workshop I offer on the concept of “Church 2.0.” I talk in it about the popularity of things like the “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus” video and Mark Driscoll’s Acts 29 Net ...

Tithing: No Buts About It
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

I’ve been lying about money. No, I’m still lying about money. But, I’m getting better. I’ve been lying about money. No, I’m still lying about money. But, I’m getting better. ...

Military Atheists Get Ready to ‘Rock Beyond Belief’
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

population, while those who state "no religious preference" make up the second-largest group, at 23 ...

The Hoola Hoop Mission
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

It’s a simple joy – hoola hooping. And that seems to be the reason Carissa Caricato left her job to travel the world. A few years ago when Carissa traveled to Haiti for earthquake relief efforts, she brought a few hoops to share with the children. A ...

A Lagniappe of Awesomeness: Jesus Toast
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 5:49pm | Type: Blog

I wrote a piece a little while back about a guy in Espanola, New Mexico, who found the image of Jesus in his tortilla. While that was interesting, this is AWESOME. I wr ...

Pastor Says Hospitality Staff Can’t Live by Bread Alone
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

The idea behind Big Table isn't about proselytizing, praying or preaching. The pastor's only goal is to befriend local food industry workers and pamper them at the regular Big Table dinners. ...

Young Evangelicals: Unaffiliated Does Not Always Mean UnChristian
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

While some of my fellow millenials are jumping ship on Christiainity--many are not so much leaving the big-C “Church,” as they are leaving established churches. There has been a l ...

Disagreeing Wthout Being Disagreeable
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

In an apparent bid to add an erudite contribution to our public discourse, Rush Limbaugh called a Georgetown law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" for testifying before Congress in favor ...

U.S. Christians Hope for an ‘Ecumenical Spring’
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 6:00am | Type: Blog

Ten years after multi-denominational church leaders took the first steps toward forming the broad-based group Christian Churches Together in the USA, some have hopes that U.S. churches may be entering a new se ...

Rapture Pet Rescue Business Wishes Harold Camping Would Keep Predicting
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 11:19pm | Type: Blog

A business that promises to care for the pets of Christians who are swept up in the Rapture saw a jump in business last year ahead of Harold Camping's prediction. It's sorry to see Camping's pre ...

Belieber!
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Product

Cathleen Falsani Fame, Faith, and the Heart of J ...

Four More (BIG) Reasons Young Adults Quit Church
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

There are a plethora of reasons young adults are leaving the Church. Adding to yesterday's list, Christian Piatt explores more. There has been a surprisingly positive respons ...

Epic Fail: A Tour of Ill-Conceived Church Signage
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

There are plenty of websites that generate fake church signs, but thankfully there are still more than enough real examples of church messages that can evoke emotions across the spectrum. I’ve collected a few ...

Seven Reasons Why Young Adults Quit Church
Originally Posted: 03/11/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

From time to time I revisit the question: Why are young adults walking away from religion? Although the answer(s) vary from person to person, there are some general trends that I think apply in most cases. ...

Saints Compete for Top Ranking in 'Lent Madness'
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

For three years running, "Lent Madness" has taken to the Internet as a competition between Episcopal saints in a single-elimination bracket tournament resembling the one followed by March Madness fan ...

God's Church is Not a Building
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 8:45pm | Type: Blog

The increase of church foreclosures is heartbreaking. But God’s church is greater than the bricks and mortar that hold his disciples. What is a church? Is it the stained-glass ...

Mormon Church Blocks Whistle Blower’s Access to Baptism Data
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

A technological crackdown has effectively blocked a prominent whistle-blower from accessing the Mormons' database that chronicles so-called baptisms for the dead. A technolog ...

Bishops Face Internal Challenges in Contraception Battle
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

As the U.S. hierarchy stakes its claim as the first and final arbiter of the Catholic position in the contraception battle, the bishops are also facing a number of internal challenges. ...

Doing Nothing For Lent
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:29pm | Type: SojoMail

March 8, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "She is wondering if sh ...

Doing Nothing for Lent
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

What struck me most indelibly is how at ease — content, yes, but more than that — Peterson is in his own skin. Fully present. Mellow but absolutely alert, energized, fascinated by the world and the people arou ...

Vatican Website Hacked for Church’s ‘Crimes’
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

Secret hackers group Anonymous targeted the Vatican website for what it called its "absurd and anachronistic precepts," and the "crimes" of the sexual abuse scandal and cover-up. ...

The Naked Rabbi: Driving Mrs. Roosevelt
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

To celebrate Purim and International Women's Day, we give you the latest instsallment from one of our favorite storytellers — Rabbi Allen Secher (aka The Naked Rabbi) — and his tale of chauffeuring former ...

'Purim Drunk': L'Chaim!
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

When is it appropriate — nay, even encouraged, both socially and spiritually — to turn up at your house of worship in full costume, make a boisterous racket, and proceed to get drunk as a lord? Well, if you&# ...

After the Storms Have Passed
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 7:00am | Type: Blog

To understand American politics, follow the money. But to understand American goodness and resolve, follow the storms. As I boarded a flight in New York, television monitors in th ...

Mass. Alumni Don’t Want Liberty to Get Free Campus
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

Rankled at the prospect that "extremist" Liberty University might soon own the campus where they spent their prep school years, alumni of Northfield Mount Hermon School are petitioning to stop it. ...

Jews Worry About Purim’s Endorsement of Alcohol
Originally Posted: 03/06/2012 - 8:16pm | Type: Blog

Purim commemorates the survival of ancient Jews against the threat of extinction and children dress in costumes and exchange gifts and candy. But some worry about binge drinking. ...

Jesus Tortillas: Deconstruction, Preconceptions and God
Originally Posted: 03/05/2012 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

Here I am, urging people to deconstruct their preconceptions about God, and this guy finds Jesus in a tortilla. Here I am, urging people to deconstruct their preconceptions about ...

The Problem with Daniel Pearl's Mormon Baptism
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 12:25pm | Type: Blog

A simmering interreligious controversy resurfaced recently with the news that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had posthumously ``baptized'' a number of deceased Jews, including Daniel ...

Breakaway Anglicans Ordered to Return Property by April 30
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 7:53pm | Type: Blog

A Virginia judge has ordered seven congregations that broke from the Episcopal Church to return all property to the local diocese — from valuable land to sacred chalices — by April 30. ...

“Pray For Us”: How Can We Pray Effectively for the People of Syria?
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

A headline from Reuters stopped me in my tracks earlier this week. It read, ‘"Pray for us" say Syria rebels as army closes in’." I was struck by how moving I found this statement, this plea. ...

Catholic School Teacher Fired for Gay Wedding Plans
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

NORMANDY, Mo. — A popular music teacher at a Catholic Church was fired after church officials learned that he planned to marry his male partner of 20 years in New York, where same-sex marriage is legal. ...