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Mother's Week: Queen Anne's Lace
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

I ‘d cut short the green stem of the still glorious flower-head of Queen Anne’s Lace from my Mother’s Day bouquet and placed it in water in a crystal bud vase as an object to be attended to. I hoped it would s ...

'Mommy Style'
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

I answer the questions quickly and, after my score is tabulated, I learn that my “Mommy Style” is . . . drum roll, please . . . Earthy Mom! Yay! I think I was tagged as “earthy” because I admitted that my fami ...

Thank a Nun: Sister Catherine ~ She Broadened My Image of God
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

I started seeing Sister Catherine once a week and within two months I felt as though I were going through a spiritual transformation, like I was being radically broken open and the thick outer shell I had main ...

How Did Mormons Grow So Fast? They Changed How They Counted
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

If you suspected the newly released U.S. Religion Census overstated the Mormons' growth rate, you were right. That’s because, this time around, the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints c ...

Are Americans in Rome Behind the Nuns Crackdown?
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

It turns out that conservative American churchmen living in Rome—including disgraced former Boston Cardinal Bernard Law—were key players in pushing the hostile takeover of the Leadership Conference of Women Re ...

Secularists Turn to GOP Lobbyist to Help Push Their Cause
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Their issues are predominantly liberal and their constituency strongly leans Democratic, but a leading secularist group hopes a high-rolling Republican lobbyist is just who they need to open doors on Capitol H ...

Clowns, Bad Haircuts and Dreams of Disaster (Day Three)
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

All of it is about the vulnerability of having no control. Truth be told, we usually have less control than we think we do anyway, but when you move out of state, the lack of agency is pretty much right there, ...

Phone Foul: The Importance of Being a Good Listener
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

In the business I am in, of ministry and pastoral care, listening is such an important thing. I can prepare all the fancy theology and exegesis imaginable but if I don’t listen I might be getting it all wrong ...

Hearts in the Trash (Day Two)
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

It turns out that packing all the belongings you need for at least three months into the back of a Prius is a challenge. Of course, being a guy it’s the kind of challenge that makes life worth living. Anyone w ...

QUIRK: Sister Maripat's Late-Nite Talk Show
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 1:25pm | Type: Blog

She may not be an actual Catholic sister in real life but Maripat Donovan plays one of the most recognizable nuns in the world. Donovan is a Chicago native and originator of the role of "Sister" in t ...

Scary Nuns Terrify the Vatican
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

The Vatican has always been scared of forceful nuns. Even (and perhaps especially) the three female doctors of the church made prelates nervous. The Vatican has always been scared ...

I Fell in Love with a Nun
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

I was Annunziata’s and she was mine — and that was that. She became the Maude to my Harold, showing me how to love without limits. This is a love story. An unlikely love story ...

Arctic Christians Get First Complete Inuit Bible
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 8:55am | Type: Blog

Later this spring, an entire Bible in Inuktitut, the language of Inuit people and the most widely spoken aboriginal tongue in Canada's Arctic, will be dedicated at an igloo-shaped church in Nunavut, an au ...

Vatican Issues New Guidelines for Catholic Charities
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 8:31am | Type: Blog

Under new rules announced on Wednesday (May 2), the Vatican will more closely oversee the operations of Caritas Internationalis, a global confederation of 162 national Catholic charities. ...

Lost and Found Life (Day One)
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

What the hell is it about human nature that makes room for what we’ve lost, while neglecting what we have? Seems a tragic waste of emotions and gray matter to me. I’m pretty sure ...

United Methodists Vote to End Guaranteed Clergy Appointments
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

Clergy appointments have been guaranteed since the 1950s, when they were instituted to protect ministers from discrimination or arbitrary abuse, supporters say. But critics say those original goals have helped ...

Study Shows Mormonism is Fastest-Growing Faith in Half of U.S. States
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

A new study shows that Mormonism is moving into more parts of the country than any other religious group, making it the fastest-growing faith in more than half of U.S. states. CHI ...

Is Osama Bin Laden in Hell? (and Other Stupid Things Christians Argue About)
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

I’m sipping on a root beer at Barnes & Noble as I work on my revisions for Forest Life. In the meantime I’ve noticed a handfull of debates raging over this photo that has been spreading around the Internet ...

From the Archives: May 1980
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 8:57am | Type: Magazine Article

on March 23, 1980, the day before his assassination. (Oscar Romero, Suffering, Faith ...

Into the Dark Woods
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 2:24pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger As the human soul matures, we are confronted with moments that force us to let go of yet another thin veil of self-delu ...

God the Farmer
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 2:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ellen F. Davis Psalm 65 gives us a unique portrait of a deity who tends the soil, waters its furrows, and crowns the year with a rich har ...

New Wind, New Flesh
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B Experiments in my first science class at school ...

I Have Met The Stranger, and He Is Me
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

To believe is easy. You can fill stadiums with people wanting to believe, either to solidify what they already think or to grasp hold of something because they feel cast adrift and lost at sea. To doubt, to in ...

We All Need A Spotter: Church and CrossFit Gym
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 7:56am | Type: Blog

I was talking to my husband about why I am loving Crossfit and it made me realize that it is for some of the reasons I love church. I can’t lift my arms. They scream in muscle ...

Letters to the Editor: Friday, April 27, 2012
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

In response to Jim Wallis' post, "Having the Sisters' Back" Thank you so much for bringing this issue to the attention of your readers. I am a Catholic woman and mother of three. My husban ...

Secularists Counter National Day of Prayer with National Day of Reason
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

As millions of Americans bow their heads next Thursday (May 3) for the annual National Day of Prayer, atheists, humanists and other nontheists will mark a day of their own. The National Day of Reason - or "NDR" in the shorthand of the nonth ...

Drive-Thru Prayers to Drive-In Church: Is Religion Lost?
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

There’s the trend of “third space” ministry, getting out of the four walls of the church building and meeting people in different, typically “secular” contexts. Author and theolog ...

Love God, Love Your Neighbor: How Are We Doing?
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

It doesn’t stop with individuals—the ultimate goal is to make a neighborhood a better place for all who live there. It is a holistic approach to loving God and loving our neighbors—and ALL aspects of their liv ...

Rallying Around the Sisters
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 1:19pm | Type: Blog

CHICAGO—Two months ago, I went to the Maryknoll motherhouse, a massive stone building in Ossining, N.Y., to interview 93-year-old Sister Madeleine Dorsey for a book I am writing. This was a sister who had chosen to stay with the poor in El Salvador afte ...

I Wish We Were All That Crazy
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

I'm grateful for Bishop James Pike's courage and idiosyncrasies that left the more conventional, less curious church bureaucrats and the House of Bishops mystified. It w ...

Woman Fights Her Bishop on Church Closures and Wins
Originally Posted: 04/25/2012 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

When Bishop Richard Lennon began closing 50 Catholic churches in and around Cleveland three years ago, the bulk of the faithful quietly moved on. CLEVELAND—When Bishop Richard Le ...

Taking 'Jesus Christ' Out of the Bible
Originally Posted: 04/25/2012 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

The words “Jesus Christ” do not appear anywhere in the New Testament in the new bible translation The Voice. And for some, this is tantamount to heresy. The publishers point out, however, that “Christ” was not ...

Ubuntu and the Hopelessness of Individualism
Originally Posted: 04/25/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

In an epiphany of sorts we realize our vast need for others and the hopelessness of our individualism. We are social creatures, and like an ant or a bee we are lost without the community. ...

Chuck Colson to Be Buried at Quantico
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

Prison Fellowship founder and Watergate figure Chuck Colson will be buried privately with full military honors at Quantico National Cemetery, with a public memorial service expected later at Washington Nationa ...

Breaking the Chains of Religious Tradition
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

Where I come from - that means here in the United States, in 2012 - women fear, legitimately, that they might lose their children if they lose their religion. Where I come from, ...

Spiritual Renewal Meets Bodily Renewal in Mikvah
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 10:23am | 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 - 3:23pm | 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 - 3:08pm | 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 - 1:10pm | 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 - 2:44pm | 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 - 11:28am | 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 - 9:14am | 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 - 2:30pm | 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 - 3:04pm | 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 - 4:26pm | 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 - 10:52am | 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 - 2:35pm | 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 - 2:29pm | 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 - 10:20am | 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 - 9:01am | 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 ...