Canada’s curling clergy put faith, fellowship on ice

Mar 23, 2020 by and

WATERLOO, Ont. — David Martin couldn’t catch a break. Even when he made a perfect shot, his opponent caught a lucky bounce and beat him. Things went so bad, his teammates started quoting the Psalms. “You...

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Clergy unite for mothers and activists who took over vacant house

Mar 23, 2020 by and

LOS ANGELES — Activists, clergy and residents gathered March 15 to pray for a group of mothers and housing activists known as “The Reclaimers” after they took over a vacant, state-owned property as a...

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Amish have complicated relationship with nature, climate change

Mar 16, 2020 by and

Drive through the farmlands of Lancaster County, Pa., or Holmes County, Ohio, avoiding the frequent horse-drawn buggies, and you may get the impression that the Amish practice a wholesome, back-to-nature...

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Coronavirus is a physical and spiritual threat

Mar 16, 2020 by and

The Christian faith is not just a personal commitment, it is also a communal experience. From the very beginning, Christians have gathered to share the Word of God and break bread in confined spaces. They...

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Deportation withdrawn for woman in sanctuary

Mar 9, 2020 by and

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Rosa del Carmen Ortez-Cruz admits there were days she wanted to stay in bed and hide under the covers. For nearly two years the Honduran native took sanctuary from deportation at Church...

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Castro visits woman taking sanctuary in Columbus Mennonite Church

Oct 16, 2019 by and

An undocumented woman living in Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church to avoid deportation met with Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro on Oct. 15, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls now...

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Climate change our defining challenge

Sep 23, 2019 by , and

As youth marched in the climate strike last week and United Nations leaders discuss climate change at their summit in New York, the climate crisis is already here. Storms are becoming more powerful, and...

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El Paso and Dayton mass shootings: Christians must act as well as pray

Aug 6, 2019 by and

Back-to-back murderous acts of gun violence left at least 29 dead and 53 injured in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 3-4. Many Americans want to help but feel helpless to do so. One doesn’t have to...

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‘Seculosity’ author traces society’s search for righteousness outside the church

Jul 23, 2019 by and

A growing number of Americans do not follow a religion. But chances are that the details of their lives — from their phones and their politics to their dinner plates and how they raise their kids — are...

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Christian nationalism, the border and Fourth of July church in Dallas

Jul 12, 2019 by and

I first became aware of the power of Christian nationalism last year, during an interview at the Evangelicals for Life Conference in Washington, D.C., a gathering that coincided with the March for Life, a...

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Just a ‘Jesus follower’? Why denominations still matter

Mar 26, 2019 by and

It’s become common among some Protestants, especially evangelicals, to call themselves “Jesus followers.” Not Christians. Not Baptists or Pentecostals. Not members of the Presbyterian Church in America...

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Why churches should not measure their growth against the economic boom

Mar 8, 2019 by and

We are living through a truly epic economic boom. Half of the people in the world are now in the middle class and fewer live in absolute poverty than at any point in human history. In our own country, giant...

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How a national emergency order endangers the ‘other’

Feb 22, 2019 by , and

We write as victims of violence, who know the trauma inflicted by evil people who target the “other.” As the pastor of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and the rabbi of the New Light Synagogue in...

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Where is Christianity headed? The view from 2019

Jan 14, 2019 by and

Two decades into the 21st century, the world is becoming more religious, not less. Faith from diverse traditions grows as population expands throughout most of the Global South. Last year, nearly 50 million...

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When Christians sell out Christians for political power

Sep 3, 2018 by , and

There’s a story in the Old Testament about the king of Babylon, Belshazzar, who hosted a dinner for his religious leaders and royal elites. The blindingly arrogant king, surrounded by adoring sycophants,...

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Faith bodies must affirm opposition to nuclear war

Feb 1, 2018 by and

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved up its “Doomsday Clock.” Nuclear war is a real possibility. Faith bodies must pressure Congress to act. In the 1980s, as the Cold War raged and the...

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Did the Anabaptist reformers ‘win’?

Nov 29, 2017 by and

Theologian Karl Barth, a supreme definer of Christianity in the twentieth century, continues to influence Christian thinkers, notably with his admonition, “The church must always be reformed.” Not many...

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Twisting the cross: white supremacy’s deadly theology

Sep 8, 2017 by and

I’m in Tennessee on a little mountain getaway, trying to write a book. As soon as I got down here and settled in, I heard about a white supremacist rally planned for this past weekend, at one of the...

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Coming to terms with Nazi collaboration

Mar 21, 2017 by and

FILADELFIA, Paraguay — Violence tore through this traditionally pacifist community on the night of March 11, 1944. All the more remarkable, its perpetrators and victims were all Mennonites. And they all...

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10 years after Nickel Mines school killings, the work of grief remains

Oct 3, 2016 by and

BART TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The West Nickel Mines School is long gone. Two of the survivors are now married. Several of the couples who lost their daughters have had more children. The shooting 10 years ago in a...

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