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Progressive Christians are focusing on social justice issues.

Progressive Christians Speak Out Against Discrimination and Injustice

March 4th, 2017

When they hear the word “Christian,” many individuals in the United States picture right-wing conservative fundamentalists. Their increased involvement with politics, along with the creation of groups such as the late Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority and the anti-LGBTQ Family Research … Continue reading

Autistic people often struggle to fit in.

Autistic People Struggle To Find Inclusion in Faith Communities

March 2nd, 2017

Autism is still poorly understood by most of the public, despite the growing amount of publicity on the subject. Some autistics have been working to change that by sharing how their unique type of neurology works and by speaking out … Continue reading

The Boy Scouts of America recently voted to allow transgender boys join.

Boy Scouts to Allow Transgender Kids

March 1st, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America will now allow transgender boys to join its ranks. Serving about 2.4 million boys and young men just in the United States, the organization has been around since 1908. The early years were not easy. Segregation … Continue reading

A Bible on a plate, symbolizing fasting during Lent.

Are You Fasting for Lent?

February 28th, 2017

The season of Lent begins on March 1, following Mardi Gras on February 28. The first day of Lent is called Ash Wednesday. Many denominations hold a service for believers as a way of beginning the season. Ministers bless each … Continue reading

An American flag flying next to a church

Religious Freedom Bills Challenge Separation of Church and State

February 28th, 2017

The United States Constitution was written to allow for the free exercise of faith by its citizens as well as avoid state-mandated religion. The question of balancing religious freedom with civil liberty has been particularly salient in the first decades of the … Continue reading

A woman reading the news.

Overwhelmed by News? Take Care of Yourself

February 19th, 2017

Most people thought last year was bad when it came to bad news and negativity. The election is over, and we no longer have to listen to hours of political debate and commentary about the election, but our world is … Continue reading

An older woman holding up a peace sign.

A Season of Nonviolence

February 17th, 2017

On January 30, 1948, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi, was assassinated. Gandhi was known for peaceful civil disobedience and key to the Indian independence movement. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. King was … Continue reading

A church in New Orleans

A Church Walk Through New Orleans

February 15th, 2017

The world’s eyes might be on New Orleans because of the Mardi Gras celebration, but there’s much more to the city than one big party before Lent. It’s named for the Duke of Orleans, the Regent for Louis XV. New … Continue reading

A grave for an eco-friendly funeral.

Eco-Friendly Funerals and Religious Beliefs

February 11th, 2017

Although you won’t find the phrase “ashes to ashes” in the Bible itself, you will find many scriptures talking about how our bodies begin and end as dust. Where did that phrase come from? It’s actually from the “Book of … Continue reading

A victim of online bullying

Building Awareness of Online Bullying

February 9th, 2017

According to the Urban Institute, 25 percent of teens have been abused or harassed through technology. Half of all teens who experience online bullying are also physically abused, making them at a higher risk for pregnancy and STIs than other … Continue reading