In Spite of Our Politics, We Are Made for Goodness

In this moment of cataclysmic political division and rising tension, we must hope that our better angels will prevail; that basic goodness will once again be the standard to which we hold our political leaders, and human decency the measure of our democracy. [Read more…]

Finding God in the Gym: From Crossfit to Church

What people may not tell you is that there is an irresistible element of encouragement and motivation like very few other places when you step into the Crossfit “Box.” [Read more…]

Why I Don’t Like Working at Soup Kitchens

Last week I served at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen. 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. [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 faithfulness. I’d like us [Read More…]

“Hate Cannot Drive Out Hate”

My conviction ~ based on an experience of blood, death, hate and hope ~ is that, in immediate and intentional attempts at healing ~ it is possible for a community to go where fear and hate have no dominion over love and peace. [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 now? [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. #AllLivesMatter Our favorite religion professor James McGrath is the king of funny and poignant memes, and this one of Jesus delivering his sermon on the [Read More…]

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

By Andrea Folds It’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 [Read More…]

Cultivating New Models of Sisterhood

While I share my sisters’ passion for women’s empowerment and witnessed the need for these services, I wanted to go beyond talking among ourselves. I was drawn to the cultivation of healthy interactions with our Black brothers, but I didn’t know what that would look like. [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. [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 of the LGBTQIA community and their allies to be heard. [Read more…]

This Time Orlando

This time there were 49, fifty counting him—one for each star on our flag This time he came during the dark of night—long before the full heat of the sun rose He came before the bars closed—before the last call for alcohol was made He came before the dancers retired to their corners—like boxers in [Read More…]