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A Response to Terror – “Flooding the World with Goodness”

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This is an inspiring video of two Rabbis, one Chabad, one Reform, both talking about countering the evil in Mumbai with Good. Embedded video from CNN Video


The Young Face of Terror

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Look at this young kid’s face.  This is a photograph taken of one of the terrorists by Sebastian D’Souza.  He is so young and was so twisted.  It reminds me of my friend Eboo Patel and his book “Acts of […]


Terrorist Attack on Mumbai and the Effect on Indian Politics

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Terrorist attacks on Mumbai have provoked Meenakshi Ravi to write this on Huffingtonpost: Four years ago, the Hindu-dominated, right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was dismissed from government by an Indian electorate that saw through its glossy ‘India Shining’ campaign […]


A Spiritual Response to Terrorism

With our thoughts, we can build a system of spiritual quarantine for terrorists and would-be terrorists. We don’t have to know who they are. The Creator does.   Just do this. For a minimum of five minutes every day, meditate in the following […]

The Pope, the Consistent Ethic of Life, and the Common Good

posted by Alexia Kelley

Pope Benedict XVI has been making the news lately. On theoccasion of Barack Obama’s election victory, he sent a personal congratulatorymessage and emphasized working with the new president on issues of “peace,solidarity and justice.”  When the Vatican spokesman was asked […]

Thanksgiving Day Prayer

posted by Paul Raushenbush

O God, we thank you for this earth, our home; For the wide sky and the blessed sun,For the salt sea and the running water,For the everlasting hillsAnd the never-resting winds,For trees and the common grass underfoot.We thank you for […]

Missionary Giving and Waste

posted by tcampolo

Rick Warren, the most prominent Evangelical pastor of our day, has established a highly successful program arranging teams from his church to help specific villages in Africa. Given the effectiveness of his organizational skills and the extensive direct involvement that […]

How Does a President Chose a Church?

posted by Eric Sapp

My good friend Amy Sullivan is a very hard act to follow in any writing assignment, and she covered this topic very well for Time last week.  But in an attempt to help provide a little perspective for our good […]

Bob Jones University is Right

posted by Eric Sapp

(cross-posted on Thereis a danger in our polarized society of loudly critiquing missteps by ourpolitical or ideological opponents and remaining silent when they do the rightthing.   Today,Bob Jones Universityjust did the right thing and showed humility and Christian repentance […]

Obama’s White House and the Council for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

posted by Paul Raushenbush

As Barack Obama appoints his cabinet there is one area upon which the president-elect and his aids, as well as the media have been largely silent – the President’s Council for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.   In a speech on […]

The Christian View – As presented by The Onion

posted by Paul Raushenbush

America’s finest news source,The Onion,has an editorial from another Christian perspective.   Warning: She’s not one of those “Love Thy Neighbor Christians.” Everybody has this image of “crazy Christians” based on what they hear in the media, but it’s just not true. […]

Obama’s Church Choice

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The church Barack and Michelle Obama chose to join will send a signal about their beliefs and values.  Amy Sulivan at Time Magazine writes a fun piece that features various religious folks offering suggestions. Dear Mr. President-elect, No doubt you have […]

Much Ado about Obama Sending Girls to Private School

posted by Eric Sapp

(Cross-posted on I have received a number of emails and seen a lot written about Obama’s decision not to send his girls to DC public schools.  People are saying he has thrown the urban public school system under the […]

Barack Obama Is Not a Christian! Again.

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Barack Obama is not a Christian continues to be a rallying cry from the Christian right. For some, like Joe Carter and Rod Dreher, it is because Obama isn’t orthodox enough (read: he doesn’t believe and act exactly as they believe and act)   […]

The effect of anti-Muslim rhetoric in this year’s elections

posted by Shahed Amanullah

If there was any doubt as to the depth and extent of anti-Muslim feelings among portions of the US electorate, this year’s presidential elections have most certainly put it to rest.  The extent to which candidates and voters alike propagated […]

Now is the Time…

posted by Omid Safi

Dear Mr. President-Elect, It is hard to believe that it has just been two weeks since your historic election.    There has been so much discussion in this country about what this election signifies, from what we hope is the beginning […]

Church Threatens to Ex-communicate Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of the School of the Americas Watch

posted by Michael Lerner

The Network of Spiritual Progressives wishes to be a place in which progressives from various religious communities (as well as “spiritual but not religious” people) can feel safe in coming together to work for a New Bottom Line to replace […]

Sky High Expectations

posted by Paul Raushenbush

My friend Kathering Marshal, wrote this on her Faith in Action blog on Washington Post On Faith.  It’s interesting that both domestically and internationally the flip side of hope is beginning to show – fear. After the euphoria that greeted […]

Update: Church says priest was wrong in Obama/Communion flap

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This is an update from the post a couple days ago that generated so much response. (RNS) by Daniel Burke: A South Carolina Catholic priest was wrong to warn parishioners who voted for President-elect Barack Obama to confess their sin […]

Abortion Policy: When and Why

posted by Ed Kilgore

One of the most animated discussions involving faith communities that’s underway in the wake of November 4 is about abortion policy.  To put it simply, the conservative drive to take a first step towards a national abortion ban via an […]

Christian Gate Keepers Declare Obama Not Christian

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Crunchy Con’s Rod Dreher has joined with Joe Carter to declare that Obama is not a Christian. What do you think?  Do you have to believe everything in the Nicene Creed to be a Christian?  Is the Nicene Creed open […]

Progressive Revival Poll

posted by Paul Raushenbush

What is the most pressing moral issue facing the Obama Administration? ( surveys)

Torture is a Moral Issue

posted by Paul Raushenbush

We know President Elect Obama is pragmatic and reaches across the aisle, but this seems like a no brainer.  The army, religious people and decent Americans agree – we must stop torturing people CHICAGO (Reuters) – A coalition of more […]

Religion Plays Role in Election – In Jerusalem

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Lest we forget, religion and politics are happening all over the world.  Here is an article from the Economist about the recent mayoral election in Jerusalem.  It is interesting that like in the US voters have rejected the percieved religious candidate in […]

Refusing Communion for Obama Voters

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Here is a new twist on the abortion = no communion debate in the Catholic church.  A priest in South Carolina doesn’t want Obama voters to receive communion unless they have done penance.   “The priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church […]

The Saudis’ dubious interfaith agenda at the UN

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This is an interesting editorial in the Christian Science Monitor critiquing the Saudi sponsored United Nation General Assembly’s gatheing on Interfaith Dialogue.   Washington – World leaders gathering at the United Nations this week for a special session of the General Assembly to advance interfaith […]

The Faith of Barack Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

In a 2004 interview with Cathleen Falsani, Barack Obama shows his particular strain of social gospel and cosmopolitan Christianity. Beliefnet’s Steve Waldman received permission to reprint the entire interview:  The most detailed and fascinating explication of Barack Obama’s faith came in a […]

Barack and Benedict:Together again for the first time

posted by David Gibson

Not the Dream Team some Catholics envisoned, but the President-elect dialed the Pope personally to thank him for the congratulatory telegram. According to CNS: The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, confirmed to Catholic News Service Nov. 12 that the president-elect […]

The Pastor Problem ’08 Revisited

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I don’t remember hearing the exact term before – but it is clear that the Pastor Problem is here to stay. There were three categories of pastor problems in the 08 elections. The most closely watched and problematic were the […]

Social Justice Challenges in the Years to Come

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Our friends at Sojouners put together this great list of letters: “Obama’s Harmony of Intellect and Intuition,” by Bono, Lead singer of U2 and co-founder of The ONE Campaign. “A Prayer for a New President and a New America” by Shane Claiborne, A Red […]

Pastor in Chief

posted by Paul Raushenbush

From Timothy Shriver over at OnFaith  When Barack Obama takes the oath of office on January 20, he’ll not only become Commander in Chief. He’ll also become the first ever Pastor in Chief. We’ve never had a Pastor in Chief, […]

The People’s Counter-Coup

posted by Naomi Wolf

             It’s easy to look at the events of Election Day and draw the wrong conclusion. It’s tempting to conclude that what happened after a long cruel and repressive eight years is that our democracy simply worked once again and […]

I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear…

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A great column by Jim Sleeper on Talking Points Memo… Even as we lurch from symbolism to substance now that Barack Obama is President-elect, I hope that he appreciates the symbolic and substantive rewards of being sworn in on January 20 as […]

Prop 8 Sunday Protests

posted by Paul Raushenbush

AP has this report on the first Sunday after the Prop 8 vote: On the first Sunday after a gay marriage ban passed in California, activists rallied in defiance, including hundreds of protesters outside an Orange County megachurch whose pastor […]

The Future of Faith Based Initiatives

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Washington Post ran an interesting article about the future of the office of Community and Faith Based Initiatives Pointing to his spiritually-laced campaign rhetoric and outreach to religious groups, liberal faith-based organizations have high expectations that President-elect Barack Obama […]

Liberty, America and Prop 8

Several years ago, I was asked to appear on the Larry King Show to discuss the legalization of gay marriage. I don’t know why they chose me exactly, except that I was a straight person who would vote PRO. In […]

Catholics Voted For Change

posted by Ray Flynn

Catholics in America , from California to Pennsylvania , black, white and latino, voted for change. Millions of Catholics were not happy with the direction of our country the past several years. Frustration over the economy and the war in […]

The future of Catholic politics?

posted by David Gibson

If and when the bishops do start talking about a new political strategy, they may want to keep in mind the remarkable victory of Tom (“Common Good Catholic”) Perriello over Virgil (Good ol’ Boy) Goode in Virginia’s fifth CD. Wish I […]

UPDATE: Bishops scotch politics debate

posted by David Gibson

…At least officially. Dan Burke at Religion News Service has the scoop, that the USCCB has decided to remove from the agenda a discussion about Catholics and politics. They put the item on the agenda in September, and even this week archbishops […]

Catholic and Politics: What now?

posted by David Gibson

Judging by the headlines this campaign, you might have thought the shepherds were headed one way and the flock in another direction. That’s not quite the case, as reports of 50 or 60 or even 100 bishops promoting a “McCain-or-be-damned” […]

Be a friend to yourself and the world …

posted by Brian McLaren

Over at the Sojourners blog, several of us have been asked to post a word of advice for the president-elect. Here’s what I shared there … It’s more of a pastoral/personal nature, since I knew that others would hit specific […]

Praise God?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Praise God! Barack Obama has been elected President of the United States! Praise God! Proposition 8 has passed! I’ve heard or read both of these sentiments repeatedly over the last 48 hours – sometimes from the same people – and […]

Calling all Catholics: Your chance to vote AGAIN!

posted by David Gibson

Yes, you CAN…tell us how you voted and why–and send a message to all those exit pollsters and post-mortem pundits by taking this very brief Beliefnet survey. Check back soon for ALL results from voters of all faiths. We want […]

Yes We Did

YES WE DID America has had a non-violent revolution.      As long as there are historians writing about the United States, this moment of fundamental re-alignment of our national purpose will be remembered, pored over and analyzed. It will be seen […]

Economics is THE Religious Issue

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Was religion an important issue in this election?  Or was Barack Obama’s election a matter of economics?   Exit polls reveal that white Protestants voted in large numbers for John McCain for president–thus making them the primary religious group left […]

Religion and the 2008 Elections

posted by Paul Raushenbush

For all Progressive Revivalists who are in the DC area. Please feel invited to this great event with some of  PR’s bloggers.  Make sure you RSVP below as it s filling up.  If you can’t make it, we will be […]

God is Doing a New Thing (by Nicole Symmonds)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Forget the former things; do not dwell in the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah […]

Felons Can’t Vote…Unless they are IN the Senate?!

posted by Eric Sapp

(cross-posted on   Wow, what a night.  I know everyone is going to be writing about Obama and the incredible races and probably has more energy and insight than I at this moment.  But something struck me about the […]

A Nation in Awe

posted by Renita Weems

Those of us who stepped up to the voting machine yesterday and voted for Barack Obama did so out of a commitment to radical change. What we got in last night’s victory was that and more. We felt awe and […]

Obama and History

posted by Eddie Glaude, Jr

History was made last evening. Americans of all colors, ages, and backgrounds came out in record numbers and elected the first African American president.  I must admit that I struggle to find the words to express my joy and excitement […]

Take the Beliefnet Exit Poll

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The longest presidential campaign in American history is finally over. Did you support John McCain or Barack Obama? What issues were more important? Did your faith help shape your vote? Take Beliefnet’s 2008 election exit poll

President Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Obama Wins!!!!!! Now the real work begins…    

Scripture and Democracy

posted by Sara Miles

Standing in the long line at 7:30 in the morning at my polling place today– a place where, in fifteen years, I have never had to wait at all, where nobody much bothered to vote — was an amazing experience. […]

Exit Polls by Religious Affiliation

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Steve Waldman has been breaking down the voter numbers by religious affiliation:  Weekly Churchgoers vs. Occasionals One thing that puzzles me about these numbers: Obama’s progress among Catholics is with those who don’t attend mass weekly. But among Protestants, he […]

Take the Beliefnet Exit Poll

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The longest presidential campaign in American history is finally over. Did you support John McCain or Barack Obama? What issues were more important? Did your faith help shape your vote? Take Beliefnet’s 2008 election exit poll

Mississippi Republicans Rig Ballots… Voter Fraud in Play

posted by Burns Strider

Phil Singer over at “The Marathon Blog” has broke the story that Mississippi Republicans are defrauding the system and attempting to steal the election from the voters of Mississippi. It’s simple… Mississippi’s African American communities come together and choose candidates […]

Indiana goes for Obama! (Well, just South Bend, for now)

posted by David Gibson

Yes, the results of Notre Dame’s mock election are in, and the winner is…Barack Obama. According to The Observer, the campus newspaper: “2,692 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the mock election. Democrat Sen. Barack Obama and running mate Sen. […]

Prayers for the Family of Madelyn Dunham

posted by Paul Raushenbush

  Madelyn Dunham A Prayer for the Obama Family Please share your prayers for the Obama family as they mourn the loss of their cornerstone, Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham.     On the eve of the election that may make him […]

Dole in Final Week Takes Up Role as Poster Child for All that is Wrong in Politics… and It Backslides… I Mean Backfires…

posted by Burns Strider

I’ve seen some misleading and terrible political ads over the years but Elizabeth Dole’s attack on her opponent, North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Kay Hagan, pretty much takes the wafer… and grape juice. Senator Dole is losing. What does she […]

Obama is the Best Candidate – Final Reflections on an Endorsement Well Considered (By Douglas Kmiec)

posted by Paul Raushenbush

By his own standard, McCain is more battle-weary than battle-tested. Old ideas combined with a lack of credible ability to “think anew” to meet the challenges we face make the Senator ill-suited for the presidency; his running mate aggravates that […]

Motive AND Opportunity: It’s a crime NOT to vote!

posted by David Gibson

Via Sarah Pulliam at Christianity Today, some links and info to be sent around by Tuesday: ONE: Google may be taking over the world before our eyes, but at least they’re doing it with a sense of civic duty. Just […]

Going Against Mormon Leadership, Brigham Young’s Descendant Opposes Prop 8

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The signs on the front lawn of former 49er quarterback Steve Young’s Peninsula home say “No on Prop. 8,” which normally wouldn’t be much of a story in the Bay Area, a gay-friendly region which is the center of opposition […]

Religious Left Rallies for Obama

posted by Paul Raushenbush

From Ohio’s progressive religious leaders, who largely sat out the 2004 presidential election, have mobilized now to counter the political clout of their conservative and evangelical brethren. “We had been silent too long,” said the Rev. Tim Ahrens, senior […]

All Saints

posted by Sara Miles

Today, the Sunday before the election, we celebrated All Saints’ Day at church. Because my tradition considers the “saints” to include all of God’s holy people in every time and place, we honor not just the orthodox and canonical saints, […]

Huge Outpouring of Response to Dobson 2012 Letter

posted by Mara Vanderslice

Over 750 emails now have been sent to Focus on the Family, rejecting the 2012 fear mongering letter!  Please help us keep them coming! Here are some of the highlights from the emails we’ve received of letters that have been […]

Elizabeth Dole’s God Test

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Elizabeth Dole’s accusation that her opponant Kay Hagen is ineligible for the senate because she met with a group of non-Christians should be chilling to Christians and non-Christians alike who support religious freedom and the idea that all Americans deserve […]

Desperation in the Obama camp? Opie to the rescue!

posted by David Gibson

Check out the “Mayberry Mounties” if you want to see “Happy Days” after Nov. 4…

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