September 30, 2022

By Bruce B. Miller Have you ever heard the standard advice not to discuss religion or politics at the dinner table? Conversations around both subjects can be tense, awkward and downright confrontational. This is especially true when someone tells you that their way of thinking is the only right way—particularly if you don’t agree with their beliefs! This kind of interaction can be annoying, frustrating and offensive. In part, this is why we tend to put a premium on tolerance,... Read more

August 17, 2022

Today there are more options for spiritual enlightenment than ever before. One that I continue to hear about is Progressive Christianity. In my efforts to better understand this movement, I’ve discovered a major flaw — I can’t find a clear definition of it. Without a doctrinal statement, it’s difficult to understand how one can choose to be a Progressive Christian. While claiming the title “Christian,” Progressive Christianity represents a broad range of views, from those who claim to believe in... Read more

August 16, 2022

The Holy Land (Al-Ard-al-Muqaddasah) is an area roughly located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Eastern Bank of the Jordan River. It is synonymously linked with Palestine and the biblical land of Israel. It roughly corresponds to the modern state of Israel, the Palestinian territories, western Jordan, parts of southern Lebanon and South-western Syria. Another term that is commonly used to refer to the region is the Levant, a French word meaning “to rise” as in the “sun rising” from... Read more

August 4, 2022

“I fit into the under-recognized older women artists category. My work is particularly difficult because you cannot put it in a box and say, ‘Okay, she was a feminist. Okay, she was an environmentalist. Okay, she was a humanist. Okay, she was an intellectual. Okay, she was an incorrigible ecumenical spiritual seeker.’ It’s all of the above!”– Beth Ames Swartz.   As a Muslim creative girl growing up in the United States, my parents instilled in me the idea that... Read more

January 29, 2022

Gen Z is deconstructing traditional religion, a trend that is likely here to stay. Read more

December 1, 2021

If you want to create a safe and secure place of worship for the attendees of your church, you will need to take these steps. Read more

August 16, 2021

By Peter E. Watts I am a pro-science, a Christian and I’ve been vaccinated. Why do I feel the need to clarify that I am pro-science before stating that I am a Christian? It’s 2021. Isn’t everyone, even Christians, pro-science? Well, unfortunately no. One of the largest religious groups in our country, also one of the most influential voting blocs over the last forty years, has been incredibly resistant to getting vaccinated against Covid-19. That group is evangelical Christians, particularly... Read more

August 13, 2021

By Ken Chitwood Berkach lies in the bucolic borderlands between the German states of Bavaria and Thuringia. Formerly divided by the hard boundary between former East (GDR) and West Germany, the one-time international frontier is now marked by an old watch tower, about a half mile outside the village. But I’m not in Berkach today to chronicle its accounts of living on the fringes of the former GDR. Instead, I’m here to discover another significant aspect of the hamlet’s history,... Read more

August 6, 2021

By Robert Orlando Communism or Christianity? Given their origins, we might quickly conclude that these worldviews are irreconcilable, and they might be. Yet, they have one thing in common, which might be the reason for the hostility we see on the streets. If there is no resolve, we will likely face another civil war. Below is an attempt to explore the contours of these systems, where they converge and diverge, and ask whether the U.S. can survive without reconciliation? For... Read more

July 2, 2021

By Noah Lawrence “Unprecedented” is one of our most frequent words for these challenging times in America. We have witnessed astonishing political turmoil and even violence, reaching a climax during the transfer of power in Washington, and still ongoing in our conflict over understanding what happened this past January. Amid these hard times, many Americans of diverse faiths have been turning to our most venerable religious texts for solace and guidance. When we do, we find that through the lens... Read more

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