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Bringing Dharma, Seva, Shakti and Yoga at the Political forefront

As I watched the vice presidential debate last week I saw how comfortable we, as a nation, are about religion … Continued

Perry: An untruth ‘is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena’

“Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you, and one of the … Continued

Rediscovering the reasons for our existence

AP Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Washington’s first female and ninth Episcopal Bishop, smiles during her consecration service at the Washington … Continued

Anderson Cooper’s coming out changes lives

Charles Sykes AP Anderson Cooper leads a discussion about “Long Story Short”, the one-man theatrical show moving to Broadway starring … Continued

Attempts at monopolizing God can be hazardous

Former Arkansas governor and 2012 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee found himself in hot water this week after he called Islam … Continued

Does God keep exclusive agents?

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Free speech trumps firearms

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

Homosexuality in Islam: an identity in flux

Un-identifying” Homosexuality: A Look at Homosexuality through the Eastern Lens By: Shazia Kamal, Contributor to When news of Saudi … Continued

First Amendment includes separation of church and state

The phrase “separation of church and state,” once a widely-shared article of civic faith in the United States, has become … Continued

Tea-publicans and the Know-Nothing recycle

The Tea Party paints itself as something new in American politics: it is not. United States’ history has always harbored … Continued

Hindu American community building

Our multiple identities are reflected through the lenses by which we are seen and how we see the world. May … Continued

Pro-choice should mean letting CBS choose

Q: The conservative Christian group Focus on the Family is sponsoring a pro-life ad, featuring football star Tim Tebow, during … Continued

Faith and development

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall As Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams occupies a unique position in the religious world, … Continued

Splinter Episcopalians: Giving Gravitas to Trivia

Ari Goldman, the former religion reporter at The New York Times (and not coincidentally my favorite secular religion newspaper writer … Continued

The Left Wing of America’s Civil Religion

In a few of my past columns I focused attention on the right wing of America’s civil religion. Now it … Continued

Palin Can Serve Family and Country

Sally Quinn wonders how Christian evangelicals — and Southern Baptists in particular — can affirm a woman as President or … Continued

Oil on the Waters

“Come with an example of a situation where you were judged by a stereotype. Tell about how it affected you … Continued

Faith in the Public Arena

Barack Obama’s speech in June of 2006 was the keynote address of a conference sponsored by Sojourners and Call to … Continued

A Path Religion and Science Can Follow

Today, with the ongoing controversy about the teaching of intelligent design as a counter balance to Darwinian evolutionary theory, and … Continued

Church Obsessed with Sex, not Morality

This nation has a strange fetish with sexual sins. The press obsessed on President Clinton’s tawdry sexual behavior, but seems … Continued