Barbara Brown Taylor — Episcopal priest, teacher, columnist and author. For years, her books reflected her perspective as a church member and leader. Her new book, LEAVING CHURCH, is about burning out as the priest of a parish she had wanted very much to serve, and then leaving not only the pastoral ministry but many of her former beliefs, too. More
As religious groups become more and more committed to protecting the environment and more aware of the tradeoffs involved, the pros and cons of conservation are starkly visible in the mountains and hollows of Appalachia. There, coal companies engage not only in deep mining and strip mining, but also in what's called mountaintop removal.
By some estimates, the number of children in this country being taught at home is well over a million and may be approaching two million. Yet in some states there is very little or no government oversight of what the kids are learning, which is just the way most home school parents want it. More
The outspoken president of the National Association of Evangelicals Ted Haggard resigned because of a sex and drug scandal. His interim successor, Rev. Leith Anderson, insists the resignation will have no effect on the health of the NAE, which he describes as a group that is increasingly diverse. More
If you’re homeless in Washington, D.C. and sick, perhaps close to dying, and you end up in a city shelter, the people who work there might telephone a place called Joseph’s House and ask if they can take you in.
Read an essay by Cara Beale on the morality and necessity of U.S. nuclear warfare and weaponry relations with North Korea.