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    Episcopal Bishop of Maryland Eugene Sutton discusses the moral voice of churches in response to Baltimore’s problems of race, poverty, and violence; the Supreme Court hears lawyers argue a case that could make same-sex marriage legal in every state; and Jewish converts talk about both the fulfillment and the challenges they have found in their new faith. More

    May 1, 2015 | Comments

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    “It took many parts of very many communities to make peace in Baltimore,” says Eugene Sutton, Episcopal Bishop of Maryland. “Religious leaders from all over the city—Christian mainly, Muslim and Jewish leaders—got out on the streets and congregations and really proclaimed a message of hope and of nonviolence and peace. City officials did the same.” More

    May 1, 2015 | Comments

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    John Bursch, the main lawyer arguing why the states should not be required to license same-sex marriages, summed the issue up this way: “You can love your neighbor no matter what their sexual orientation is—what choices they make about their life—and still have a disagreement about what marriage means. And the question is who gets to decide the meaning of marriage?” More

    May 1, 2015 | Comments

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    “For Judaism to survive in the 21st century and beyond, it needs to be broad, and to not accept converts in the most inclusive way possible challenges that breadth and potentially narrows who we are,” says Shmuly Yanklowitz, an Orthodox rabbi and himself a convert to Judaism. More

    May 1, 2015 | Comments

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    Growing social acceptance of gay marriage and an upcoming Supreme Court case cause some evangelicals to reexamine their views on sexuality and marriage; criminal justice reformers question the social and economic costs of extreme punishments, lengthy sentences, and a history … More

    April 24, 2015 | Comments

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    Same-sex marriage is already legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia, but the Supreme Court will soon hear oral arguments that could make it legal in every state.  “Christianity requires you to push back against the world,” says Collin Hansen of the Gospel Coalition. But author Matthew Vines suggests that once even some evangelicals are willing to change their position, then “it starts to significantly shift the dynamic.” More

    April 24, 2015 | Comments

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    “American culture is changing. We simply have to hold onto the truths we believe have been articulated to us, in a way that is loving and compassionate and is balancing both truth and grace.” More

    April 24, 2015 | Comments

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    Watch excerpts from R&E’s recent interview with Matthew Vines, author of the book “God and the Gay Christian” and founder and president of the Reformation Project, an effort “to train Christians to support and affirm LGBT people.” More

    April 24, 2015 | Comments

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    The US has more people in prison than any other country in the world, but public policy professor Steven Raphael suggests that “instead of spending so much money on incarcerating very old inmates we could use that money to hire more police, have anti-violence interventions for youth, and be more proactive about having a society that is less violent and generates more productive citizens.” More

    April 24, 2015 | Comments

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    “When we make a mistake, we want a little grace, we want a little room to be forgiven, and that’s what everybody wants. If you tell a lie, you’re not just a liar. If you take something that doesn’t belong to you, you’re not just a thief. And even if you kill someone, you’re not just a killer. That idea has to have resonance in a just society that’s going to be both compassionate and just.” More

    April 24, 2015 | Comments