Alan Gross release hailed as Hanukkah ‘miracle,’ first step in ‘normalized’ U.S.-Cuba relations

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Alan Gross, the Jewish international aid worker held for five years in Cuba on charges of spying, was freed Wednesday (Dec. 17) — what some are calling a… read more

Worship for Kids: January 25, 2015

By Carolyn C. Brown, Worship for Kids
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Jonah 3:1-5, 10. Many children know the story of Jonah's encounter with the fish. If that story is briefly summarized with attention to … read more

Hanukkah, the minor Jewish holiday that’s a major deal

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) You may know the basic props of Hanukkah: a menorah, a dreidel and chocolate coins. But here’s the inside story on Hanukkah, which begins Tuesday at sundown (Dec … read more

3 principles for giving beyond Christmas

By Lindsey Foster Stringer
Seven red kettles ringing. Six email campaigns dinging. Five Gofundme requests! Over the last two weeks, I've received each type of request for monetary donations listed above and … read more

People of faith have legitimate questions about use of lethal drones

By George Hunsinger
(RNS) Since June 18, 2004, the first day U.S. drones killed people in what has been called the U.S. “global war on terror,” people of faith have questioned whether the … read more

Doing the voices

By Dave Barnhart
“Do the voices, Daddy.” It’s a common request that kids make of their parents when it is bedtime, and the parent has been dragging through the bedtime ritual… read more

Ending our nation’s addiction to torture

By Ron Stief
(RNS) The sickening details of the CIA’s immoral torture program have been laid bare with the release Tuesday (Dec. 9) of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture… read more

Selfish or sacrificial?

By LinC (Living in Christ), Tiffany Manning
Over the past two years, the award-winning “Hunger Games” films have captured the attention of moviegoers of all ages. This trilogy is based on an act of sacrifice:… read more

Methodist constructive theology

By Sarah Heaner Lancaster
When I was a student, one of my professors tried to explain to us what our education was for. He said something like this: “A pedantic person thinks only what other minds… read more

What’s in a name? The image of God

By Shane Claiborne
(RNS) There is power in a name. One of the things happening in our world right now is that people are “naming” injustice. No longer are we just talking about… read more

How self-understanding might help us quit shouting

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) A simple Internet transaction today opened my eyes. I just signed up for a time-tracking app called Toggl. Not because I was having trouble keeping track of work time and… read more

Mary's window

By Steve Harper
Imagine an ordinary day in your life — business as usual — except for one thing: You are visited by an angel. Whoa! So much for the ordinary day. That’s exactly… read more
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