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Beck and Billy Graham: Stealing the Blessing

posted by Diana Butler Bass

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 American evangelicalism.  An unlikely […]

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Martin Luther King Jr: Fierce Urgency of Now

posted by Diana Butler Bass

In April 1967, a year before he was killed, Martin Luther King, Jr. preached on the “fierce urgency of now” in a sermon entitled, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.”  Of all his speeches, it remains the least remembered […]

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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: Speaking for the Soul

posted by Diana Butler Bass

The Sunday after Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968, my husband’s family attended their Presbyterian church.  They went with heavy hearts, expecting the pastor to help make sense of the tragedy.  The minister rose to preach.  The congregation held […]

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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 […]

“Lost” Democrats and Religious Pluralism

posted by Diana Butler Bass

With most of the online world buzzing about Lost, another tale of loss caught my attention in this morning’s Washington Post.  It began by posing the question:  “If 2008 was the year Democrats finally got religion, will 2010 be the […]

Representative Mark Souder: The Hypocrisy of the Hypocrite

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Although I grew up in a Methodist church in Baltimore, my grandfather had rejected religion and was quite vocal about his freethinker (that’s what we used to call atheist) views.  One day, when I was about eight, I asked him […]

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 […]

Elena Kagan, the Supreme Court, and a Lament for American Protestantism

posted by Diana Butler Bass

President Obama has picked Elena Kagan, former dean of Harvard Law School and Solicitor General, to fill the next vacancy on the Supreme Court.  Much will be said of Ms. Kagan over the coming weeks–praise and criticism of all sorts.  […]

Mother’s Day: Faithful Women of the World Unite!

posted by Diana Butler Bass

 At first glance, Mother’s Day appears a quaint and conservative holiday, a sort of greeting card moment, honoring 1950s values, a historical throw back to old-fashioned notions of hearth and home. Let’s correct that impression by saying:  Happy Radical Mother’s […]

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 […]

Arizona: The Most Schizophrenic State

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This morning on MSNBC in a discussion on Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law, Tamron Hall asked her viewers, “Is Arizona the most conservative state?”   Arizona is not really the most conservative state.  But it may well be America’s most schizophrenic one. […]

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 […]

God to Jan Brewer: Listen Up, Please!

posted by Diana Butler Bass

God to Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona: “When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love […]

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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 rights.  Many mainline pastors, including Lutherans,

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 American evangelicalism.  An unlikely pair.  Yet, in the last Ga

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 churches.  Birgid is also the patron saint of beer ma

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