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Mitregate: The Anglican Crisis Over Women’s Hats

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This week, what is surely one of the most bizarre religion stories of the year came across my email.  No, it wasn’t the story about lightning hitting the giant Jesus statue in Ohio.  Instead, it is the “Mitregate” scandal, part […]

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Africa’s Real Goal: Human Rights and the Religion of the Heart

posted by Diana Butler Bass

With the World Cup in South Africa, it is appropriate to take note of African religion–for not only are Africans sports-mad, but they are the most religious people in the world.  In 1912, geographer George Kimball quipped, “The darkest thing […]

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Columba of Iona: Spiritual Pilgrim, Progressive Saint

posted by Diana Butler Bass

June 9 commemorates Columba, the Abbot of Iona (d. 597), who has become a rather unlikely saint-hero to contemporary emergence, liberal, and progressive Christians–as well as postmodern folks who might identify themselves as spiritual but not particularly religious. Born in […]

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World Environment Day and Christianity: Retire St. Boniface!

posted by Diana Butler Bass

June 5 is World Environment Day.  Similar to Earth Day, WED celebrates the global movement for environmental activism by commemorating the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, the first such international conference.  June 5 also marks the Feast […]

Rowan Williams and Katharine Jefferts Schori: Anglican Smack-Down

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Like most Christians, I don’t pay attention to missives from church leaders.  This week, however, dueling pastoral letters issued for Pentecost from Rowan Williams, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, and Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, […]

Faith and Philosophy: Justin Martyr

posted by Diana Butler Bass

June 1 celebrates Justin Martyr (d. 165), a Christian philosopher who integrated faith and philosophy–appreciating ancient wisdom and argued that “Socrates was a Christian before Christ.” Before embracing Christianity, Justin mastered many ancient philosophies (he studied at the best schools […]

Memorial Day: Perspective from Church History

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Every Memorial Day, I remember how early Christians almost uniformly rejected any kind of military service–and how little we have learned from their witness to peacemaking.  As we pause today, it may well be good for our souls to consider […]

New Deal Spirituality: The Politics of Generosity

posted by Diana Butler Bass

On May 13, Christians celebrate the Feast of the Ascension.  The Episcopal saints calendar marks an additional commemoration on May 13, a day set aside to remember Frances Perkins (1880-1965), the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet, who served […]

Julian of Norwich: All Shall Be Well

posted by Diana Butler Bass

May 8 is the celebration of Dame Julian of Norwich (c. 1342-1416?) author of the first English-language book written by a woman.  She was a shadowy figure, her real name and the facts of her life largely unknown.  For some […]

Oil, God, and the Governor

posted by Diana Butler Bass

So, Governor Rick Perry blamed the Gulf oil spill on an “act of God.”  Of course, “act of God” is a phrase used to describe something beyond human control, an unavoidable event.  But isn’t it also the case that the […]

Mark the Evangelist

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Today, Christians celebrate the legacy of St. Mark the Evangelist.  Mark is mostly remembered as the traditional author of the Gospel of Mark, the earliest gospel in the New Testament–a breathless story of Jesus as a teller of tales and […]

Congregations in the Public Square?

posted by Diana Butler Bass

I’m on my way to New York today to speak at Middle Collegiate Church on the subject of “Congregations in the Public Square,” the sort of topic socially aware Protestants like to discuss.  When I learned of the topic, I […]

South Park, Muhammad, Jesus, and the Media

posted by Diana Butler Bass

The creators of the cartoon South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have been all over the news this week.  On the show’s 200th episode, they sort of depicted the Prophet Muhammad thus attracting the attention of a radical website […]

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God in Wisconsin: Scott Walker's Obedience
As the stand off between workers and Governor Scott Walker continues in Wisconsin, religious leaders have weighed in on the dispute.  Roman Catholic bishops came out on the side of the unions, urging the governor to protect worker's ...

posted 1:22:27pm Feb. 25, 2011 | read full post »

Beck and Billy Graham: Stealing the Blessing
Glenn Beck met with Billy Graham on February 19.  Beck is a Mormon, and a self-made leader in the re-emergent Religious Right and Tea Party movements, and Graham is a Baptist evangelist, long-time esteemed leader of ...

posted 12:04:06pm Feb. 22, 2011 | read full post »

St Brigid Day: Raise a Pint!
February 1 is St Brigid Day, Ireland's female patron saint.  Brigid (d. 525) was an abbess and founder of the great monastic communities at Kildare, a leader in early Celtic Christianity, and is venerated in both the western and eastern ...

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