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August 08, 2016
Truth, Tolerance, and the Rise of Trump
Our land of the free, home of the brave turned 240 this past Independence Day,...
August 27, 2015
Pope Francis and the Republican Presidential Hopefuls: A Widening Divide
(Reposted with Permission from the Author) With Pope Francis increasingly focused on economic inequality, protecting...
August 12, 2015
Reforming Prison and Loving the Sinner
Despite the recent influx of political attention given to criminal justice reform these past few...
August 01, 2015
Are Pope Francis’ views on climate change costing him supporters?
Like millions of other Christian environmentalists, I had been eagerly anticipating the release of “Laudato...
July 16, 2015
Why Walker Won’t Win
(Below is a modified version of a piece recently published in the International Policy Digest....
April 30, 2015
Hillary’s Values: seeking criminal justice reform
This week, like me, I’m sure you prayed for peace and healing in Baltimore. Amidst...
March 28, 2015
Religious Liberty vs. LGBT Rights: How the Church Is Missing the Point
(This opinion is reproduced with permission from the author and courtesy of The Huffington Post.)...
December 31, 2014
A New Year’s Hope: End the Death Penalty
On December 9 2014 despite objections from anti-death penalty activists, a last minute petition to...
December 25, 2014
Celebrating the Power of Light at Christmas
At every Christmas Eve service my favorite part is always the final singing of Silent...
January 21, 2014
Well Deserved Penance
My name is John Hilton and I am delighted to be affiliated with Faithful Democrats. ...
January 21, 2014
Happy New Year — We’re Back!
After a bit of a hiatus, I am happy to announce that Faithful Democrats is...
April 29, 2013
What If It’s Not the Prisoner Who Needs Forgiveness? (VIDEO)
Co-authored by Bill Mefford, director of civil and human rights at the United Methodist Church's...
November 09, 2012
Faith and Democratic Party Politics, an Interview I Gave…
I like telling the story of people of faith in the Democratic Party... their strength...
November 04, 2012
Would Jesus Vote?
I saw a headline here at Faithful Democrats the other day that asked, “Who Would...
October 22, 2012
Buttprints in the Sand: Christians & The Role of Government
I adapted the more famous version of this poem for a sermon a few years...
October 14, 2012
Last week at the University of Virginia, the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion...
September 24, 2012
Beloved Community in Dialogue and Debate
“How are we a caring community?” This is the guiding question of Dialogue Across UVA,...
September 17, 2012
Scripture & Politics Guide Part 9: Applying Scripture in a Pluralistic Society
progressive Christians should not categorically condemn those who claim their faith must publicly inform all...
September 04, 2012
If You Are Truly Pro-Life, You’d Vote Democrat
If you feel like “Life” is the sole issue Christians should vote on, I don’t...
August 29, 2012
Ryan: Ivan the Terrible or Good Shepherd?
Paul Ryan’s discipleship of this atheist’s teachings shaped his belief in a form of distorted...
July 27, 2012
The Unreported Political Implications of Pew’s Religion Poll
Democratic faith outreach shouldn't look like what the religious right does. When our outreach works,...
July 26, 2012
On Becoming ‘Almost’ Amish
In some of my spare time at work, I've been reading a book titled "Almost...
November 23, 2008
We’ve Come This Far By Faith: A Virginian Reflects on the 44th President & 44 Years
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