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Conservative Judaism turns 100 and works to reverse its decline

RNS () — For those who care deeply about passing on Judaism to future generations, a new, exhaustive study on … Continued

Ex-gay group Exodus International shuts down, president apologizes

Exodus International, a group that bills itself as “the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality,” announced … Continued

Exodus International ‘reparative therapy’ organization to shut down

<iframe src=”″ height=”338″ width=”600″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe> Talk about a one-man culture war. The president of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, issued … Continued

‘Death cafes’ normalize a difficult, not morbid, topic

No one wants to talk about death at the dinner table, at a soccer game or at a party, says … Continued

Mormon blogger, facing excommunication, resigns from church

SALT LAKE CITY — Rather than wait for possible excommunication, Mormon blogger David Twede has resigned his membership in the … Continued

Remembering Paul Kurtz

AP In a July 20, 2004 file photo, Paul Kurtz, chairman of the Center for Inquiry, responds to a question … Continued

Newsflash: Campaign faith workers think religion doesn’t belong in politics

AP President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk at the end of the … Continued

Catholics walk the ground traveled by new Native American saint

MOHAWK VALLEY, New York — Twelve-year-old Jake Finkbonner leaned over and ran his hand through a pool of water from … Continued

AME bishops condemns actions taken against Eric Holder

“[T]he African Methodist Episcopal church has a 196 year tradition of speaking truth to power and advocating the active application … Continued

First lady urges civic engagement among AME Church members

“And I want you to think of the stories in the Bible about folks like Abel and Noah; folks like … Continued

AIPAC leaves many questions on Iran, Israel

Rick Santorum at the AIPAC annual conference. / Getty Rick Santorum at the AIPAC annual policy conference.  Should we bomb … Continued

Issues and ideas take center stage for social conservatives

Win McNamee GETTY IMAGES WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 03: Members of the Faith and Freedom Coalition listen to conservative speakers … Continued

Many Muslims, many Islams in America

The season of Muslim conferences is in full swing. May saw the 37th Annual Convention of the Islamic Circle of … Continued

Bullying: A call for climate change

By Nikki Grimesauthor “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore” seems to be the anthem … Continued

Do Catholic bishops have same influence in the Senate?

By Michelle Boorstein The role of the U.S. Catholic bishops in the health care debate has gotten a ton of … Continued

God, Notre Dame, Country

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen This past weekend I had the pleasure and privilege of attending a conference at the … Continued

Jewish fundraisers to hear from Netanyahu, Emanuel in DC

By Michelle Boorstein THE event of the professional Jewish community’s year is happening in Washington D.C. today. More than 3,000 … Continued

Separation of Church and

The Methodist Church of Great Britain has became the second denomination to restrict participation in the far-right British National Party, … Continued

Obama Officials Lobby Reform Jews

By Jacqueline L. Salmon The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is hot right now. At its biannual conference in … Continued

World Hunger: A Gut Check

Last weekend I dined on gruel. The meal was part of an annual conference on international development, where a random … Continued