In-Tensions: The fraught work of world peace

Column by Rev. Gretta Vosper on November, 30 2023

Ever since the first mind countenanced an unknown source of benevolence, religion has held us together as powerfully as it has driven us apart.

The Imperative of a Two-State Solution: A Path To Peace for Israel/ Palestine

Column by Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Frantz on November, 23 2023

What deeply concerns me about Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza is “what’s it all going to look like/ feel like on the other side”–when the violence has stopped?

Irreversible Transformation: Choose Your Adventure

Column by Rev. Lauren Van Ham on November, 16 2023

We who get to be alive right now are living in the sixth great age of extinctions. We passed planetary overshoot a while ago and the ecological and societal effects are irreversible. This is the doom some speak of.

My Easter/Christmas Scripture Conundrum

Column by Rev. Dr. Mark Sandlin on November, 9 2023

In the majority of Christian churches every Easter and frequently around Christmas, we hear scripture reading proclaiming, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them, light has shined,” and I have to say, it really bothers me.

Reclaiming the Bible

Column by Rev. Brandan Robertson on November, 2 2023

It is essential for progressive Christians to remember that the Bible emerged from the voices of an oppressed and marginalized people, intended to empower and uplift those facing adversity.

Holy Lands and Sacred Cows

Column by Rev. Roger Wolsey on October, 26 2023

I write this essay at the start of the most recent round of intense violence in a location on the planet that many Christians refer to as “The Holy Land.” At least during this week, that land is anything but holy. I visited Israel and the Palestinian-controlled reservations within it in November 1995.

Sympathy for the Hymnocrite: Time to Change our Tune

Column by Rev. David M. Felten on October, 19 2023

Granted, some denominations have published “supplements” with more modern music, but way too many have also bent to internal denominational pressure and included a plethora of hopelessly counter-productive praise choruses.

Where do progressive faith leaders go from here?

Column by Rev. Irene Monroe on October, 12 2023

While many political operatives are trying to inch away from Trump, his everlasting white Evangelical base- churchgoers and voters- loves him, comprising approximately 60 percent of the Republican presidential primary electorate.

No Wonder People Hate Religion

Column by Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers on October, 5 2023

I have spent my life working on the inside of organized religion, even though my love/hate relationship with most God-talkers makes me an outsider.

Sacred Reborn

Column by Rev. Deshna Charron Shine on September, 28 2023

The experience of the sacred is not an easy thing to define. It is outside of human terms and metaphors. It lives beyond the binaries and outside of boxes. There is no scientific definition of the experience of the sacred.