Spirituality and Democracy: Staying Engaged Amid Vulnerability

This is a follow-up reflection to my post: What Are Our Choices? Conventions, Elections, and Spiritual Practices.There's an additional element that I discovered inside of me since I began writing about spiritual practices for this election season. Democracy is an extraordinarily challenging political system. There are many elements​ that make it unlikely to be established in the first place, and it's even more complex to maintain among a collection of people with great diversity. Daily, we se … [Read More...]

Patheos 10+1: A Q&A with Duke Divinity School Dean Elaine Heath

"We are at the front end of a new reformation, which will likely take many decades to unfold. I am excited to be part of this era of the church’s life, to be able to participate in the new thing that God is doing. Some of our versions of church will fail, and not a moment too soon. But the gathered people of God who are the Body of Christ in the world today, will continue because God will not forsake us." -- The Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath, Dean of Duke Divinity School In this historic week in which t … [Read More...]

What Are Our Choices? Conventions, Elections, and Spiritual Practices

As a spiritual director, I believe strongly in the power of choice and in the dignity of each of us making our own decisions. So I don't write to influence your electoral choice. However, I do write with an invitation about our choices to remain close to God, as we move through the rest of this convention cycle and election.This summer, I walked the ancient pilgrimage trail, the Camino de Santiago, and dedicated my walk to a peaceful outcome for the world from our political elections this yea … [Read More...]

In Spite of Our Politics, We Are Made for Goodness

Last week’s Republican National Convention put fear, panic, exclusion and terror on display. We heard stories of immigrants killing people’s families and Islamic terrorist murders, not to mention a prayer calling Democrats “the enemy” and chants to “lock up” the opposing candidate. With a markedly different tone, Michelle Obama opened the Democratic National Convention with a message of faith, optimism, inclusion and inspiring us all to be better. During this time of racial injustice, civil unre … [Read More...]

Finding God in the Gym: From Crossfit to Church

By Devaun Walker10 Hanging Power Cleans 1 Box Jump 9 Hanging Power Cleans 2 Box Jumps...If you know anything about me, you'd know that physical activity is not my favorite thing; I'd much rather nap. Yet, something in (on) me tells me I need to be fit, so I give Crossfit three h … [Read More...]

Why I Don’t Like Working at Soup Kitchens

By Breanna MekulyLast week I served at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen in Erie, PA. The next day, Sr. Mary who runs the kitchen asked me how my experience was. I hesitated before telling her the truth; I didn’t like it and actually, I don’t like soup kitchens in general.All I did was serve fruit on t … [Read More...]

Patheos 10+1: A Q&A with ‘Bipolar Faith’ Author Monica Coleman

"I would like churches to talk about mental health the same ways we talk about every other health challenge. I would like us to combine prayer with other medical and social services that help people. I would like for us to affirm that health challenges are not a reflection of the depth of one’s fait … [Read More...]

“Hate Cannot Drive Out Hate”

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence ~ adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.I speak what I am about to say from ex … [Read More...]

Church: Can We Get Over Ourselves?

"As Christendom declines and Emergence Christianity continues to blossom in all its messy glory, we in the institutional church face a central question. Can we get over ourselves? Can we give up our self absorbed fretting about how good things used to be so we can see the beautiful possibilities no … [Read More...]

Friday Wrap 7/15: The Week’s Top 10 Progressive Posts

Wonder what your fellow Progressive Christians have been reading -- and sharing -- at Patheos this week? Here are this week's top 10 Progressive Christian posts, ranked by number of pageviews.#1: Jesus Vs. #AllLivesMatterOur favorite religion professor James McGrath is the king of funny a … [Read More...]

Three Lessons for Living in America from an Almost Ex-Pat

By Andrea FoldsIt's not an easy time to be an American abroad. We have a reputation that tops even the un-toppable "W." days, and that is not a record any of us were trying to beat.Talking with a good friend of mine from Ireland last week, I asked how the public across the pond was reacting t … [Read More...]

Cultivating New Models of Sisterhood

Over the next 12 months, the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) is spotlighting 12 leaders, their stories, and how their passion and call to shape a more hopeful future through Christian ministry guides the impact they are making in their communities, institutions and universities.By Alisha … [Read More...]

From “No You Can’t” to “I Do”: My Journey to Gay, Married and Christian

I once voted against same-sex marriage, and now I’m married to a man.That’s the short version of my long and tumultuous history with reparative therapy, church doctrine, and my slowly changing attitude toward LGBT civil rights. It’s a transformation that many gay Christians can identify with, and … [Read More...]

“Will Listen With Love” Launches Tonight for LGBTQIA & Allies

Launching in response to the devastating killings in Orlando, the "Will Listen With Love" Project is a national support network comprised of pastors, therapists, spiritual directors and community support providers who have volunteered their time to offer safe and affirming space for grieving members … [Read More...]