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Advent, Apocalypse Now?

posted by Diana Butler Bass

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations caused by the roaring of the sea and the waves,” proclaims Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. He continued: People will […]

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Obama’s Declining Popularity

posted by Michael Lerner

While Obama is still hailed around the world in almost messianic tones, recent polls indicate his approval rate is below 50% in the U.S. How could a man who aroused so much hope be losing support so dramatically? And what […]

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Copenhagen, Climate Change and Why it Matters to Women

posted by guestblogger

Sung-ok Lee is the Assistant General Secretary of the Section of Christian Social Action, Women’s Division of the United Methodist Women. For many in government and industry circles, the discussion around the topic of climate change crisis focuses on energy […]

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Sarah Palin – Flawed, Human

posted by Paul Raushenbush

In a post called Sarah Palin’s rogue Christianity, Sally Quinn asks some hard questions of Sarah Palin intended to point out the inconsistencies of her faith commitments. I haven’t read the book but reading these questions makes me think of the hard test that […]

Psalm 109:8–A Prayer for Obama or Ourselves?

posted by Diana Butler Bass

During the last few days, Psalm 109:8, a Bible verse in the form of a “prayer for Obama,” has topped the Google trends chart:  “May his days be few; may another take his office.”  Evidently, a bumper sticker emblazoned with […]

Thanksgiving Day Prayer 2009

posted by Paul Raushenbush

These Thanksgiving Day Prayers are three of my favorites: For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) […]

Obama’s Council on Faith Based Partnerships – Missing in Action When We Need It Most

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Obama’s Council on Faith Based Partnerships has fallen off the map – and we need them back.   Nothing exemplifies the sad lack of contribution of this much hailed diverse group of religious leaders than the current impasse on Health Care […]

the muslim vote

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

a great series at Open Left by diarist dreaminonempty has been chronicling the future decline and fall of the Republican Party on the basis of demographic trends, ethnic and religious. The post on religious trends had a extensive section on […]

Catholic Hardball 2: DC Responds

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Updates on yesterday’s blog about the fight between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the DC City Council: According to the Washington Post, the DC city council has responded to the Catholic Archdiocese by “digging in its heels” on gay marriage. […]

New Catholic Hardball: Trading the Poor for Doctrinal Purity

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This morning’s Washington Post made me choke on my coffee:  “Catholic Church Gives D.C. Ultimatum.”  The Catholic Archdiocese is playing political hardball by threatening to cut off social services to the city’s poor–including the homeless, the hungry, the sick, and […]

John Allen Muhammad: Murderer and Murdered

posted by Paul Raushenbush

As the nation observed the killing of John Muhammad last night (Live with Larry King!) I gathered with a small group of students, seminarians, and a Roman Catholic Priest to meet Rev. Caroll Pickett, who was the chaplain for prisoners […]

The Stupak Amendment and why the Post Card Campaign would make it easy to Hate Catholics Right Now

posted by guestblogger

Rev. Donna Schaper is the Senior Pastor at the Judson Memorial Church in New York City.     William James in his marvelous book, THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE, speaks of the transition from Catholicism to Protestantism as the transition […]

The Fort Hood Shootings and the White Privilege of Disassociation

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Immediately after it became known that the shooter at Fort Hood was South Asian and had a Muslim sounding name the condemnations came in from every major Islamic organization in America. In my inbox I got emails from Daisy Khan […]

Treachery at Fort Hood

posted by Shahed Amanullah

Thursday’s fatal shooting at Fort Hood military base in Texas, in which 12 people were killed and over 30 wounded, would be horrific under any circumstances. But the reported identity of one of the shooters killed, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, […]

Abortion and Healthcare

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Aborttion has been part of the healthcare debate from the beginning.  The effort was supposed to be that the healthcare bill would be “abortion neutral” meaning it neither expanded the opportunities for abortion, nor restricted them.  Now it seems that […]

Pro-Football, Injury, and Clear Christian Conscience

posted by guestblogger

Tom Krattenmaker is a Portland, Oregon-based writer specializing in religion in public life and a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors. He is the author of the new book “Onward Christian Athletes“ examining Christian engagement with pro sports.              It’s […]

Election 2009 Mixed Blessings

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I was never enthusiastic about Gov. Corzine.  Living in New Jersey I should have been fired up and ready to go, but like many of my fellow Jersians I went to polls and voted, but didn’t volunteer, go to any […]

Big Oil, Corporate Responsibility and Catholic Guilt

posted by guestblogger

John Gehring is the Media Director and Senior Writer for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of work and trendy restaurants, I rarely drive these days. But running late to […]

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Why Jews Around the World are Praying for the Victory of the Egyptian Uprising
Originally appeared on Tikkun Daily BlogEver since the victory over the dictator of Tunisia and the subsequent uprising in Egypt, my email has been flooded with messages from Jews around the world hoping and praying for the victory of ...

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When Generosity, Love, and Kindness are Public Policy, the Violence We Saw in Arizona will Dramatically Diminish
The attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords and the murder of so many others in Arizona has elicited a number of policy suggestions, from gun control to private protection for elected officials, to banning incitement to violence on ...

posted 2:44:04pm Jan. 19, 2011 | read full post »

The Spiritual Messages of Chanukah and Christmas -- and Their Downsides
Christmas and Chanukah share a spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair. But whereas Christmas focuses on the birth of a single individual whose life and mission was itself ...

posted 12:59:53pm Dec. 02, 2010 | read full post »

Obama (and Biden) Have No Clue About What's Bothering Their Political Base
Shortly before the California Democratic primary in 2008, the San Fransisco Chronicle invited me to write a short article explaining why I, chair of the interfaithNetwork of Spiritual Progressives, was supporting Barack Obama. Like ...

posted 1:44:11pm Sep. 30, 2010 | read full post »

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