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Fighting ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’: Preschools in Forests Take Root in the US

When they’re outside, the children in Erin Kenny’s class don’t head for cover if it rains or snows. They stay right where they are – in a private five-acre forest. It’s their classroom.

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A Lesson from the Gulf Oil Spill: We Are All Connected

The still-unfolding disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is good evidence of the interconnectedness of the whole. It has its origins in this nation’s addiction…

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Treating American Muslims Like Citizens vs. Treating Them Like Threats

The Department of Homeland Security has documented increased attempts by al-Qaeda and those inspired by it in recent months to attempt what John Brennan, Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser, calls …

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Americans’ Acceptance of Gay Relations Crosses 50% Threshold

PRINCETON, NJ – Americans’ support for the moral acceptability of gay and lesbian relations crossed the symbolic 50% threshold in 2010. At the same time, the percentage

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A Reforming Tradition Stuggles with Change: The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Discussions of sexuality, ordination practices, and related issues have been a regular feature of the the church’s conversations since before the merger of its predecessor bodies in 1988. Numerous studies have been conducted to determine how the ELCA might…

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Are Democrats pulling back on faith outreach?

If 2008 was the year Democrats finally got religion, will 2010 be the year the party loses it again?

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College student and illegal immigrant: Should she stay or go?

Jessica Colotl is a college student at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She’s also an illegal immigrant, which was revealed during a traffic stop. Her case raises tough questions about immigration laws.

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Blowback: Why They Try to Bomb Us

Though we don’t like to call it mass murder, the U.S. government’s undeclared drone war in Pakistan is devolving into just that. As noted by a former counterinsurgency adviser to Gen. David Petraeus and a former Army officer in Afghanistan, the operation has become a haphazard massacre.

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Arizona is the Hispanic Alabama: Religious Opposition to Immigration Law May Hurt GOP Coalitions

Arizona’s Republican governor and many conservatives may not be aware of the extent to which immigration cuts across religious groups—liberal and conservative. If draconian measures like S.B. 1070 take hold and opposition gains steam Republicans may see their 2010 and 2012 hopes evaporate in the Summer sun.

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Episcopal Church Ordains Its Second Openly-Gay Bishop

Seven years after the Episcopal Church caused an uproar by consecrating its first openly gay bishop, it has done the same thing again—only this time with a woman.

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Rev. Smith Goes to Washington: God and (Liberal) Politics Gets a Test Case in Portland, Oregon

When it comes to questions about religion and politics and core questions about separation of church and state, clergy running for office is where the rubber meets the road. That’s why win or lose, the candidacy of Rev. Chuck Currie may inform our thinking about the role of religious progressives around the country for years to come.

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Case is made vs. US marriage law

A lawyer for 17 gays and lesbians who wed in Massachusetts urged a federal judge yesterday to strike down the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman, calling it an unconstitutional intrusion on a matter previously left to states.

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A Religious Take on Climate Change

The gathering at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral was yet another sign of a maturing religious environmental activism and sophistication 40 years after the first Earth Day.

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Forget Right or Wrong: Why the National Day of Prayer is Obsolete

If the traditional practice of prayer in the context of traditional institutional religions is increasingly meaningless for a significant and growing proportion of American believers and seekers, one wonders what the spiritual or civic value is of attempting to encourage the practice through governmental fiat.

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Poverty line to be redefined

The government is creating a supplemental poverty measure to get a clearer picture of family needs and expenses.

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Protests Mark May Day

Protesters across the world are taking to the streets to mark May Day, also known as Labour and International Workers’ Day.

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Budget Woes Hit Nation’s Schools Hard and Harder

Less than a week before residents here went to the polls, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan warned Congress of a “catastrophe unfolding across this country” in the form of stripped-down state budgets that imperil 100,000 to 300,000 education jobs.

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Come Out From Among Them: Christian Music Meets Its Gay Stars

The queer legacy of Christian music, whether it’s gospel or contemporary, runs deep. But when a gay musician like Jennifer Knapp comes out publicly does she sacrifice her career?

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