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Religious leaders respond to the rise of the “Nones”

As we noted yesterday, the number of Americans who have no religious affiliation has hit an all-time high, according to a new study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. One in five adults does not belong …

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Number of Protestant Americans Is in Steep Decline, Study Finds

For the first time since researchers began tracking the religious identity of Americans, fewer than half said they were Protestants, a steep decline from 40 years ago when Protestant churches claimed the loyalty of more than two-thirds …

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Progressive Christianity Isn’t Progressive Politics!

Yes, I’m a progressive Christian, but I’m not a Democrat. I happen to be registered as an Independent/Unaffiliated, and I’ve met quite a few people who are fellow progressive Christians but who are registered Republicans and/or are conservative politically. Just because someone’s equally okay with referring to God as “She,” “Father,” “Mother,” “Om,” “the Ground of All Being,” or “Allah” — or just because they believe that there’s no need to convert their Buddhist neighbors — doesn’t mean that they’ll be voting for Obama in November.

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Burke Lecture: John Shelby Spong

A pre-eminent voice for liberal Christianity, John Shelby Spong was the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark for 24 years before his retirement in 2000. His admirers acclaim his making contemporary theology accessible to the ordinary lay person—he’s considered a champion of an inclusive faith by many both inside and outside the Christian church.

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Christian Media Battle Over Controversial Figure

In the relatively calm seas of the Christian media, a storm has erupted between Christianity Today, arguably the mouthpiece of contemporary American evangelicalism, and the Christian Post, a smaller competitor. At the center of the storm is David Jang, …

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David Twede, Mormon Blogger, May Face Excommunication For Criticism

A Florida-based Mormon blogger has said he is facing discipline and possible excommunication by church officials over posts they perceive to be anti-Mormon. David Twede’s posts offer his account of the history of the church’s political involvement, …

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Where Do ‘Liberal’ Bible Scholars Come From?

Biblical scholarship is an academic discipline, taught and studied at universities, colleges and divinity schools all around the world. So it should be no surprise that biblical scholars run in all shapes, sizes, colors and denominations. What would surprise many people, though, is that a very large number of us love Jesus and the church, and we spend hours upon hours communicating the love and wonder we experience with the Bible.

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Money, Technology, and the Silence of Churches: A Conversation with Susan Thistlethwaite

First, read the book, the whole Bible. I quote studies that show if you actually read the Bible outside of the church it turns you liberal. Also, get a New Revised Standard version. There is a conservative Bible project that is cutting out passages considered too liberal, so get a whole Bible.

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Episcopal Church Woos Latinos To Congregations

Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, but only 5 percent of all Hispanics attend a mainline Protestant church. The vast majority are Roman Catholic. For the Episcopal Church, those numbers are an opportunity. …

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Religion and Government

The religious beliefs of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have persistently been a major talking point in this Presidential campaign. Some Christians do not consider Romney’s Mormon faith to be truly Christian. Although Obama’s beliefs should be …

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Nuns on the Bus Returns in Missouri

Earlier this summer, members of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, boarded a bus in Des Moines, Iowa for a two week tour across the country to draw attention to those working families most affected by …

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Under pressure, Democrats restore ‘God’ to party platform

(RNS) Criticized by Republicans and some members of their own party, Democrats voted to restore the word “God” to the Democratic national platform late Wednesday (Sept. 5). The GOP had seized upon the omission as a failure of their opponents …

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Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, In final Interview Before Death Says Church ‘200 Years Out Of Date’

ROME, Sept 1 (Reuters) – The former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said the Catholic Church was “200 years out of date” in his final interview before his death, published on Saturday. …

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Welcome Poster (2011 Version)

This is a 12 x 18 poster printed on card stock. Show that your congregation is a part of the growing progressive Christian community!

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GSN Sets Ratings Record With ‘Bible Challenge’ Debut

Original game show debut draws 1.7 million viewers

The premiere episode of GSN’s new original series The American Bible Challenge set a network ratings record, drawing nearly 2 million viewers. The game show series, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, drew 1.7 million viewers for its 8 p.m. series …

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8 Points Flyer (2011 Version)

We have a new 2011 updated version of our Welcome Poster and our 8 Points. Here is the text of the new 8 points.

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Does megachurch ‘high’ explain their success?

(RNS) Maybe religion really is the opiate of the masses – just not the way Karl Marx imagined. A University of Washington study posits that worship services at megachurches can trigger feelings of transcendence and changes in brain chemistry …

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A Book Every Progressive Should Read

Want to know why progressives keep losing elections even though the majority of Americans support progressive positions? Read Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln and Lady Gaga, by Joseph Romm.  It is a fascinating study of the …

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