The stained glass ceiling

By Felicity Dale
Like it or not, for most women in the church there is a stained glass ceiling. Women have limits. In most churches, they are not allowed to baptize or to give communion. In many… read more

The Lie of Well-Roundedness

By Josh Mauney
In my first ministry position I was sure I knew what to expect. Stand up in front of thousands of adoring members of a faithful congregation and present to them an hour’s… read more

Presbyterians vote to allow gay marriage

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service, Religion News Service
(RNS) The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted Thursday (June 19) to allow gay and lesbian weddings within the church, making it among the largest Christian denominations to take an… read more

Turnaround: How dying churches can find new life

By Bob Smietana, Religion News Service
(RNS) For years, a handful of members of Hillview Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn., prayed their pews would be filled with worshippers. In early June, those prayers were finally… read more

Papal Summit

By Erik Dail
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the… read more

A pastor’s solitary march to end an injustice

By Shane Claiborne
(RNS) It’s 93 degrees in Texas and the Rev. Jeff Hood is walking 200 miles across the state. What would compel somebody to do that? He wants to end the death penalty… read more

Philanthropy improves, but religious giving is down

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service, Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans are slowly pulling themselves out of a charitable slump — except when it comes to religious groups. That takeaway from the new Giving USA report… read more

God's Appointed Time

By Angela Roberts Jones
Have you ever experienced a shift in your life — a new season — a time for some things to end or a time for a new beginning? Or have you ever gone through so much that … read more

So You Preached a Lousy Sermon

By Joseph Yoo
You're standing in the narthex waiting for the people to file out of the sanctuary to greet you. And you know that you just gave an awful sermon. It wasn't due to a lack of… read more

Interview with Brian McLaren

By Shane Raynor, Brian D. McLaren
Shane Raynor interviews Brian McLaren on the release of his new book We Make the Road by Walking. Topics include learning circles, small groups, Brian's view of Scripture… read more

Got Religion on Campus? Leave It Off Your Resume

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service, Religion News Service
(RNS) Recent college grads, take note: Mentioning a campus religion group on your resume — particularly a Muslim club — may lead to significantly fewer job… read more

Responding to Persistent Racism

By Peter Surran
Headline News Mention the name Donald Sterling to just about anyone who follows the news, and it’s likely he or she will express some variation of fatigue upon hearing it… read more
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