• Tiny-Houses-final2-FEAT

    “If we don’t in some concrete way help people to have a decent life here on earth, we are not fulfilling the gospel. It’s that simple,” say Pastor Dan Bryant, senior minister of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Eugene, Oregon, and president of the board of Opportunity Village. More

    October 10, 2014 | Comments

  • Joshua-Bell-final-FEAT

    “Music has been, in a sense, my religion, and it is what brings me closest to God or truth or whatever you want to call it.” More

    October 10, 2014 | Comments

  • Sukkot-FEAT2

    Yom Kippur “was thinking, sitting, and praying,” says Rabbi James Michaels of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. “Sukkot is just the opposite.” It is, he observes, “something that really gives us a very nice feeling of being alive.” More

    October 10, 2014 | Comments

  • 1805-program-FEAT

    The Catholic Church debates the pastoral challenges of family life; an American Muslim convict argues for the religious freedom to grow a beard; the humanitarianism of Doctors Without Borders dedicates itself to medical care and bearing witness. More

    October 3, 2014 | Comments

  • Family-Synod-FEAT

    We set the stage for the October 5 opening of the Vatican’s two-week discussion and debate, called by Pope Francis, on the church and the pastoral challenges of contemporary family life, including topics such as marriage, divorce, remarriage, annulments, and cohabitation. More

    October 3, 2014 | Comments

  • prison-beard-FEAT

    According to lawyer Douglas Laycock, this religious freedom case is not just about Gregory Holt, the American Muslim convict who now goes by the name of Abdul Maalik Muhammad and who is the plaintiff in Holt v Hobbs. “It’s about all those other prisoners that were not getting their scriptures, not getting their dietary needs, not getting the other things essential to religious practice.” More

    October 3, 2014 | Comments

  • DWB-feat

    For decades now, the mission of this Nobel-Prize-winning humanitarian group has been “medical care and bearing witness.” But bearing witness has had to be tempered by real-life considerations, observes medical sociologist Renee Fox. “When they were young, they thought witnessing was an unmitigated virtue. As they matured they came to see how complex the ramifications of witnessing might be.” More

    October 3, 2014 | Comments

  • 1804-program-v2-FEAT

    A historic Protestant church in New York City calls its first female senior pastor; two spiritual leaders celebrate opportunities for grateful living. More

    September 25, 2014 | Comments

  • Amy-Butler-FEAT

    “There are several prominent pulpits in which women are now coming into those jobs, and it’s an indication society is shifting in many different ways,” says the Reverend Amy Butler, first female senior pastor of the Riverside Church in Manhattan. “Women are increasingly moving into leadership roles in other parts of our society, and it’s time for that to happen in the church.” More

    September 25, 2014 | Comments

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    “We are at the point in institutional church where we don’t know what the future is going to look like. I hope at the Riverside Church we can create a community of people who allow for innovation and for exploration.” More

    September 25, 2014 | Comments