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June 16, 2014
Freedom from Struggle: Meditation To Ground You While You Work for the Liberation of Others — my talk at Wild Goose in NC 6/27 3pm
If you're coming to the Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina June 26 - 29,...
April 21, 2014
The Integrity of Creation
My science-loving atheist dad introduced me to the wonders of nature in our months-long summer...
April 17, 2014
Pope Francis to Remind Conservatives Again Foot Washing Is About Humility Not Piety, and Not Patriarchy
The guideline of only washing the feet of men was invented in 1955. 1955! Before...
March 26, 2014
Religious Freedom in America Isn’t Threatened — Not Even Close
This month's topic in the Patheos Public Square is: "Is Religious Freedom Threatened?" Please read...
October 25, 2013
Russell Brand and reality-based dialogue [VIDEO]
Russell Brand is basically my favorite public person on the planet. If Russell Brand were...
September 04, 2013
“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake” — Pope Francis Calls for Day of Fasting
There is no simple solution for the situation in Syria. Whether it is, as Fareed...
August 05, 2013
Join Me at Wild Goose This Week! — spirituality, great music, social justice and amazing fellowship
I'll be presenting a session at Wild Goose near Asheville, North Carolina this Saturday on meditation for Christians....
January 21, 2013
Swearing on the Bible and picking pray-ers — arguments over inaugural symbolism
Should inaugurals be free of religious symbols? Opportunities for inclusion of minority religions? Or just...
January 16, 2013
Britain’s Leading Evangelical Steve Chalke Endorses Same-sex Unions and More [VIDEO]
Britain's most prominent evangelical, Steve Chalke, has publicly thrown himself and his entire megachurch organization...
January 08, 2013
My first 100 posts
My Patheos blog is only five months old, so a "Best of 2012" would be...
December 17, 2012
Joe Scarborough: “Let Newtown be the hour after which, in the words of the New Testament, we did all we could do to make all things new.”
This morning conservative Republican Joe Scarborough -- for whom I have always had great respect...
December 14, 2012
Will we finally have a national conversation about guns because of the the Newtown school shooting?
Spiritual leaders can offer a distinct perspective on the Newtown shootings, free from the political...
December 01, 2012
PETA’s misleading propaganda war against Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit
PETA has decided to make an example of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit in a publicity...
November 27, 2012
The Salvation Army has lost my dollar in the kettle
Already under criticism for its position on homosexuality both internally and politically, the Salvation Army has...
November 19, 2012
Forming a More Perfect Union — Navigating political and religious differences at holiday gatherings
As families gather around the table or share letters and cards this holiday season, many...
November 16, 2012
Learning civil discourse from William F. Buckley and my dad
My atheist dad introduced me to Catholic William F. Buckley through TV, and they were...
November 12, 2012
Hope for civility in New Hampshire and Maine
With the ouster of the Tea Party in New Hampshire and Maine after two years,...
November 09, 2012
A plea to the right, from Rachel Maddow and me
What Rachel Maddow expresses hope for, that this will be a wake-up call for the...
November 07, 2012
We Are All Purple: The Destructive Lie of Red States and Blue States — UPDATED 2012 MAPS
UPDATED 2012 MAPS--There is so much suggested and influenced by the shorthand terms "red state"...
November 05, 2012
Don’t believe the meme that there’s no difference — this is a key presidential election
This idea that it doesn't matter if you vote or who you vote for because there's...
November 04, 2012
Hurricane Sandy, the role of government and the preferential option for the poor
FEMA stands as a model of programs that help people in crisis -- and everyone can...
October 29, 2012
Integrity and sound judgment: Re-elect Barack Obama
As I mentioned last week, integrity is my top criterion in choosing a leader. Sound...
October 26, 2012
Annie Turner — The three crucial issues this election
There are three issues I see as crucial to this election, and none of them...
October 25, 2012
The key election issues my faith gives me
I answer this week's #PatheosElection question: What are the key issues for people of your...
October 25, 2012
Anne Lindley — The Good Samaritan and the Social Safety Net
As a Christian, I believe Jesus was not kidding when He said "Whatever you did...
October 24, 2012
Jacob Slichter — What are the key issues in your tradition this election?
Musician and writer Jacob Slichter, the drummer for Semisonic, answers the question: What are the...
October 22, 2012
Candidate Charlie Fuqua says stoning disobedient children would make an example of them
For years my go-to Bible quote to show the absurdity of still living by tribal law has...
October 19, 2012
The End of Dinesh D’Souza
I can't say I'm sorry that anti-Obama propagandist and torture apologist D'Souza has been taken...
October 16, 2012
Voting on faith
As someone who was raised atheist and has gone through several religions during my spiritual...
October 08, 2012
Faith in pluralistic America’s politics — those who use it, misuse it and attack it
There is much that's wrong with faith in politics today, but not just in how...
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