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The 8 immoral ways the government shutdown is hurting the needy

Grocery bags loaded with food from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, … Continued

I’ll admit it. I have a major crush on Pope Francis.

RNS () — When I see him smiling on TV or on the cover of a magazine in the checkout … Continued

The RUSH Act: Doing what’s right for Holocaust survivors

In our advocacy work for one of the largest charitable networks on the continent, The Jewish Federations of North America, … Continued

COMMENTARY: Why do condolence notes never get easier to write?

As we go through life, most of us manage to acquire some small measure of expertise about daily living. In … 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

What’s a Christian theologian doing at a conference on secularism?

As a Christian theologian, I gladly accepted the invitation to speak at the conference “Secularism on the Edge: The Church … Continued

Living Valentine’s day every day

On a stormy February 13 evening several years ago, my husband asked me what I wanted for a Valentine’s gift. … Continued

Our lady of hyperemesis gravidarum

AFP/GETTY IMAGES Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, attends the UK Premiere of the film ‘African Cats’ in London on April 25, … Continued

Romney ‘reminds me of every well-meaning yet overbearing male church leader’

NIKKI KAHN, MELINA MARA Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney arrive at an airport rally in … Continued

Pastor says hospitality staff can’t live by bread alone

SPOKANE, Wash. — Kevin Finch grew up in meat and potatoes country, a small town off of Flathead Lake in … Continued

Giving in to the Sabbath

It’s Christmas here in west Jerusalem. Like every week. I know I’m seriously mixing up my religions, but there‘s something … Continued

From the gym to a movie theatre: Housing the ‘unchurched’

Ron Williams is the pastor of Church at the GYM in Sanford, Fla. As the Baptist church’s name implies, Williams’ … Continued

Are GOP candidates playing the race card?

David Goldman AP Kenneth Dansby, center, of Greenville, S.C., confronts Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, right, at … Continued

Crusade for Christ opens doors with old-style evangelizing

Ed Maxwell arrived at Suitland Road Church of Christ, where he is a minister, before 7 a.m. Monday to make … Continued

From 9/11 to January 25th

In this Feb. 4, 2011 file photo, anti-govermnent demonstrators pray in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill, File) A … Continued

Elton John cover controversy: Is a gay dad ‘sexually provocative’?

By Elizabeth Tenety Image published with permission of @jennhudd What’s offensive about a photo of two beaming parents cradling their … Continued

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King by embracing the American Muslim community

By Russell Simmons and Rabbi Marc Schneier One of us got his start by promoting parties, selling a new genre … Continued

Political monotheism and the slippery slope to Tucson

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

Obama’s American gospel

“Gabby opened her eyes for the first time. She knows we are here. She knows we love her. And she … Continued

A secular Thanksgiving

In October 1789, President George Washington declared his support for a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed … Continued