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…]

Count the Killer Among the Victims?

“We don’t really count the shooter as a victim,” FBI Special Agent Paul Wysopal said at a Monday morning press conference and reported today in the New York Post. That makes perfect sense: Perpetrators are not victims; they are victimizers. Therefore, the number of victims in Orlando was changed today from 50 to 49 and [Read More…]

A Letter From Shane Claiborne on the Death Penalty

To all my grace-filled revolutionary friends: Here’s what I realized as I finished writing my new book Executing Grace. This isn’t just about a book. It is about a movement that has the potential to make history – to make the death penalty history. This isn’t an ad (I’ve never been much of a self-promoter), [Read More…]

Patheos 10+1: A Q&A with “Global Minister” Romal Tune

“The more I travel the more I realize that people are the same no matter where I go. We have the same desires for our families, dreams for our children, and hope for a better tomorrow. If we focused on our commonalities rather than our differences the world would be a better place.”– The Rev. [Read More…]

Sabbath Elevators and Returning from Vacation Exhausted

I tried to have lunch with a friend from church and he said, “I have an opening ~ not this Tuesday, but the one following that ~ and it will have to be a late lunch, say, around 2:30 and, sorry in advance, but it will have to be quick because I have another appointment [Read More…]

The Fugitive: A Failed Pursuit of the Black Church to Reach Millennials

By Brianna K. Parker Every church in America seems to be asking how to get millennials “back in the church.” However, the more appropriate question may be, “How do we get millennials to try God with us?” Realizing there was little empirical data on black millennials and faith, I studied the topic for my doctoral studies. [Read More…]

Rising from the Ashes: Confronting an Environmental Crisis in North Carolina

The moment I understood that the health of my wife, my unborn son, and our entire congregation was at risk was the moment that coal ash stopped being a political problem and became a spiritual one. [Read more…]