Christian churches, universities and organizations continue to struggle with the message of welcome at the heart of the gospel. As a result, LGBTQ+ Christians have felt the sting of judgement and exclusion.
Lent urges pilgrims on a journey of repentance. With the U.S. increasingly acknowledging its long history of racism, we should use this time to confess our sins and orient society toward more just policies.
Governor Abbott’s decision to end the Lone Star State’s mask mandate alarmed many health officials and state leaders. It is difficult in such times to parse through the partisanship in our politics.
The ongoing schism within the United Methodist Church is the latest in a long series of such divisions in Christian history. While sad to witness, splits based upon conscience can also lead to hopeful futures.
It is a short distance in the calendar between Christmas and Easter, but that period seems to contain in a microcosm the whole of the pilgrimage, both personally and historically.
Our nation is grappling with whether race is incidental to our history or baked in. Just how deep will this archeological dig into racism’s roots go? And what are we going to do with the mounting pile of embarrassing artifacts?
Discrimination against LGBT folk is still alive and well, but no longer as widespread as in years past. Could the U.S. House passing the Equality Act and a Gallup poll revealing more LGBT adults in the nation signal a trend toward greater equality?
Lent is a season for reversals. It calls us to acknowledge vulnerability and to embrace foolishness, trusting that divine weakness is stronger than human vigor and divine folly is more astute than human wisdom.
Pundits claim Dr. Fauci and others have been “moving the goalposts” with their pandemic-related policies and guidelines. Such attacks miss the point.
The music of Kris Kristofferson points out hypocrisy and identifies social injustice in places some listeners never knew to look. His willingness to confess his own contradictions made it easier for others to do the same.
Politicians and pundits on both sides of the political aisle agree that immigration reform is needed. Yet, an unwillingness to compromise has hindered negotiations. Both parties need to stop letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.
The number of Protestant churches in the U.S. meeting in person declined in early 2021. Around three-quarter were doing so in January 2021, down from 87% in September 2020.
The pandemic accelerated a reformation already at work in congregations. Such times remind us that the “raison d’être” of the body of Christ is found in planting the transformative power of the reign of God outside the church walls.
Despite health care expenses that are higher than any nation, the U.S. is not the healthiest country in the world. Is the current system making people sick? What are some possible solutions at both the individual and collective level?
A majority of Black Americans who attend religious services do so at predominantly Black houses of faith, a report found. Nearly two-thirds of all churchgoers in the U.S. believe congregations should be more diverse.