#WhenSandySpeaks: “There is Something Out There That We Can Do”

Do you recognize Sandra Annette Bland? Do you see yourself when you look at the face of this 28-year-old black woman, this young adult who died in a police cell on July 13, 2105? Do you see your daughter, your baby girl, your smart, beautiful baby girl, your baby girl? Do you see your sister, your aunt, a member of your youth group, a cousin, a mother, a colleague, your “sor” — sorority sister? Who do you see when you look at Sandra Annette Bland?Love gave birth to Sandra Bland. Love awoke he … [Read More...]


The Bipolar God

by Aaron Maurice Saari On the day that my first piece for Patheos, Coming Out as Bi (polar), was published, I entered my first 24-hour period without a filled antipsychotic prescription. By the time it reached 72 hours, I was unable to take care of myself. Owed to miscommunication with the psychiatrist’s office, insurance snafus (that still plague me) and my local pharmacy not having the medication on hand, my levels dropped to a dangerous point. I found it difficult to walk. I could not hold my … [Read More...]


I Have Cancer. Yes, I Have Breast Cancer.

[Editor's Note: This is the first is a series of posts we'll be featuring by the Rev. Deborah Dean-Ware, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May. She is blogging about her journey and has graciously agreed to share some posts with us at Patheos. This is the first post she wrote back in June.]   It has been less than three weeks since I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and every once in a while I have to say those words out loud: “I have cancer. Breast cancer.” Sounds so weird and so surreal … [Read More...]


“There Is a Wide, Wide Wonder In It All”: The Blessing of Black Fathers

“Because that’s my job.” That was my father’s answer when I asked him why he served our family so excellently. Each week my father worked a different shift: 6am to 2pm; 10pm to 6am; 2pm to 10pm. He worked this soul-destroying schedule for more than thirty years. He gained employment in factories and the unskilled labor sector. Whatever shift he was scheduled to work, my father would interrupt his sleep and prepare a hot meal for our family using good ingredients. He cooked everything from scratch … [Read More...]

Liberal Protestants, Social Justice and Antisemitism: Reflections on the BDS Movement

By Mark E. Gammon With the astounding pace of news over the last couple of weeks, it was easy to miss one small item. The United Church of Christ became the latest liberal Protestant denomination to endorse “boycotts and divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian l … [Read More...]

Tapping the Millennial Imagination: On FAO Schwarz, Don Quixote, and the Dying Church

Millennials are more optimistic than they have any right to be. Does this signal hope for the dying church?Millennials are the “in” generation. Love us or hate us, every day stories scroll across my newsfeed filled with statistics and anecdotes aimed at dissecting our behavior and assigning it me … [Read More...]

The South IS Rising Again: A Southern Boy on Taking Down the Confederate Flag

This morning the rebel flag was removed from the Capitol grounds of South Carolina. The South Carolina House and Senate, by overwhelming majorities in both houses, voted to take it down this week, and Governor Haley signed the bill yesterday.I'm a Southerner. My father's father's father's father … [Read More...]

Coming Out as Bi (polar)

The Rev. Aaron Maurice SaariAt my ordination service, a friend who is a biblical storyteller performed the story of the Gerasenes Demoniac as reported in Mark 5:1-20. To some it might have seemed an odd selection for an ordination, but my small claim to fame in academic circles is being an … [Read More...]

“Unequally Yoked”: How Christians Get Interfaith Marriage Wrong

By Rev. J. Dana Trent, MDivWhile Christianity is American’s most popular religion (70% of people in the U.S. identify as such), pastors and scholars all let out a collective gasp at the latest findings from the Pew Forum Religious Landscape Study. According to Pew, 2015 might be the year of the r … [Read More...]

10 Questions Jesus Would Use To Evaluate a Ministry

Summer is that time of year where some ministry begins to slow down (unless you are in youth ministry, then you laugh at the notion of "slow summers") as we as the Church take our collective breath and prepare to gear up for the coming Fall season.  This is also the time of year when evaluations of … [Read More...]

Insecurity about Church Security

By Dwight Lee Wolter.  Recent events, including the massacre of nine people in a church Bible study, have inspired churches and other houses of faith to take a closer look at security issues. The Suffolk County (NY) police department, for example, provided a hastily convened “Security Training … [Read More...]

What Do I Do With My Confederate Flag?

By Shane Claiborne.  I own a Confederate flag. I grew up in East Tennessee, and the Confederate flag branded everything we looked at in our high school – even the cheerleaders had “butt-flags” that flapped over the back of their mini-skirts at football games.  We were the Maryville High School … [Read More...]

Searching for the Buddha’s Climate Change Policy

By Danny HallLast month, I joined some 130 Buddhist leaders, teachers and scholars representing over 60 major Buddhist schools and ethnicities in Washington D.C. for the first White House U.S. Buddhist Leaders Conference. Of particular interest to conference participants was the subject of … [Read More...]

But ALL Lives DO Matter…

By the Rev. Dwight WolterThere is a lot of angry blow-back against people who are responding to “Black Lives Matter” with “All Lives Matter.” It is unfortunate that “sides” seem to have been taken. My social media contacts, political inclination and religious affiliation predispose me to the “Bla … [Read More...]