How Tutu’s spirituality incorporated Christian mysticism with the African notion of interdependency
(RNS) — Tutu’s worldview of Christian mysticism counteracts the system of apartheid. His Ubuntu incorporates the African Bantu perspective of personhood with a mystical image of God’s diversity in unity.
Is magic immoral? It played a role in the development of early Christianity
Mercy Haub: I know what cancer means
DMX was my John the Forerunner
(RNS) — DMX pointed me to Jesus not through a sermon or a Bible study, but through his bold faith that didn’t paper over his flaws.
When she doesn’t want a baby
It’s often assumed that of course women want to be mothers—that this desire is natural, God-given and universal. It’s not, Donna Freitas asserts in the new novel “The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano.”
The future of Catholic liturgical reform
(RNS) — Other than sex, nothing is more heatedly debated in the Catholic Church than the liturgy.
Ramadan fasting isn’t about hunger. It’s about living mindfully.
(RNS) — As you fast from what is ordinarily permissible, you learn to fast from what is prohibited at all times.
How complementarianism became part of evangelical doctrine
(The Conversation) — The belief that God assigned gender roles formed in response to the women’s liberation movement.
I love all Jews — even the ones I don’t like
(RNS) — We Jews are a small people, but we are a large family.
How the Supreme Court found its faith and put ‘religious liberty’ on a winning streak
(The Conversation) — Prioritizing religious liberty claims over health and bias concerns, the conservative majority has skewed the concept.
How SCOTUS is selectively ‘restoring’ religious liberty
(RNS) — A court bent on finding an absence of neutrality can always find something.
A white woman’s response to the ‘Prayer of a Weary Black Woman’
(RNS) — Her prayer makes me uneasy, but may help me see why Chanequa Walker-Barnes may hate someone like me.
Thank you, Howard Thurman: Remembering an American spiritual master
(RNS) — On the anniversary of Thurman’s death, it’s worth recalling how this towering figure moved on a very human level.
How the church can be a better evangelical witness to displaced people
(RNS) — We have a duty not to let our politics blind us to the image of God in our neighbors.
If a Dr. Seuss book offends us, why not pluck it out?
(RNS) — ‘Canceling’ problematic media properties provides us with a way to talk about the complicated nature of desire.