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Catholic Blogger David Gibson has created a fun pool to predict all things Roman Catholic in 2009.  He writes: Inspired by William Safire’s annual Office Pool of predictions for the coming year, I am herewith inaugurating a “Catholic Pool” for […]

It was the best of religion, it was the worst of religion in 2008.  Let’s concentrate on the worst.  The following are the ten stories that made us want to roll our eyes, curl up into a ball or raise […]

Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center sent out this message about the Israeli bombing of Gaza. Today the starkest choice of values and visions of the future was laid before the Jewish people throughout the world. On the one […]

On December 19, Brian McClaren published a well-intentioned post on this site suggesting that Christians put aside all their political and cultural differences and focus on their common faith in Jesus Christ.  As it happens, I read Brian’s piece the […]

Creator God,   On this Holy Night, still our frentic pace, and calm our worried minds so that we might experience the miracle and wonder of Christmas.  Send your Holy Spirit to pierce the shadows of these uncertain times, rekindle our hope for the […]

Guest Post by Rev. Debra W. Haffner, Director, Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing a multifaith organization with more than 4400 religious leaders in its network. First, you need to know who I am. I am a Jewish Unitarian […]

In the ongoing controversy over Rick Warren as the “invocator” at the inauguration, the wisest words I’ve heard so far have come from Melissa Etheridge. I especially love what happens when she uses the word “maybe.” You can read her […]

I have two favorite religious books for 2008.  The first one is Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of this World for Crucifixion and Empire by Rita Brock and Rebecca Parker.  This is a great book for those of us […]

Sure, Barack Obama’s choice of Rick Warren for the inaugural prayer proves nothing more probably than that Obama is a consummate politician. Obama will do what he has to do to win over voters. And he’s probably figured out that […]

What a fascinating time to be alive. Here we are … about to celebrate the 2008th anniversary of Jesus’ birth, and a whole bunch of us are still squabbling like cats and dogs about what it means to be a […]

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