I Love Wall Street

About a month ago, on the anniversary of 9/11, a bevy of progressive bloggers, including me, spoke out about the need to forgive the terrorists who attacked the United States a decade ago. That altruistic sentiment to love one’s enemies was all over the Internet. A quick Google search yields some 42 million hits — [Read More...]

An Open Letter to Progressives: Speak Out for our GLTB Teens

Even as we point the finger at the possible oppressors, I have to wonder: “Where is the loud and unambiguous public voice of the progressive Church on this issue?” [Read more...]

False Hope and Beauty in an Anthropomorphic God

I am so very tired of a church that hangs onto its mythic , anthropomorphic language of God so tightly, a church so myopically focused on how truth was expressed that we fail to call people into covenant relationship with the creative love now driving creation forward. [Read more...]

Hope: A Pessimist’s Guide

Over at Darkwood Brew, the creative online worship community that blends contemplative practices, jazz music and skype video guests, the Rev. Eric Elnes is getting ready to start a series on Hope. [Read more...]

Monica Coleman: A Welcome Mat of Peace

How can we have peace in the Middle East when there’s none at home? Most violence in the United States is not the picture of global terrorism; rather, it is the faded photo of our personal relationships. [Read more...]

Green Shoots Growing From the Ashes

“I believe that the vast majority of all religious believers–whether Muslim, Christian, Jewish—are merciful, compassionate and open to learning about each other. That’s why I am encouraged by interfaith dialogues that discover common ground and by the friendships that are beginning to grow across former boundaries.” The Director of the International Forgiveness Institute shares some examples of inter-religious friendship and compassion. [Read more...]

Claremont Lincoln University – A Beacon of Interfaith Light

In the midst of these raising tides of anger and xenophobia, the creation of the Claremont Lincoln University is like a small beacon of light in the foggy ocean — redirecting us to another shore, by inviting us to live in the midst of the beauty embedded in our many religious traditions. [Read more...]

A Liturgy for the Sept. 11 Anniversary

One of the challenges I’ve had in my ordination journey is to live within the liturgy, so I’ve taken extra care since meeting with my commission on ministry in July to seek out ways that I can think more liturgically as preparation for the priesthood. So as an exercise in thinking liturgically, I prepared a Eucharistic liturgy for the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks [Read more...]

Is God Christian?

The new book “Is God a Christian?” is a beautifully-written essay promoting religious pluralism from a Christian perspective. Much of it is an argument against fundamentalism in all religions, and an argument for openness, toleration, and compassion among the world’s faiths. [Read more...]

A Vision for America

“Where there is no vision, the people perish… ” Proverbs 29:18, Bible, King James Version. What’s your vision for America? [Read more...]

Was Anders Breivek Really A Christian?

We should clarify precisely what kind of “Christian” Anders Breivik is. Because, as it turns out, he’s not much of a Christian at all, at least by ordinary definitions of the term. [Read more...]

Mark Scandrette and Me

[Editor's Note: This is the third and final post in a series by Devin Murphy, a theologically conservative Christian who attended the recent Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina.  Read his first post, "The Emergent Church and Me: A Disclaimer," here.] Conversations You Don’t Forget About — My final* entry on my time at the [Read More...]

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