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How to counter hate speech in Michigan

Protesters prevented some attendees from reaching Spencer’s event, and police made several arrests, but a broad coalition of civic and religious organizations had a different kind of counter-protest in mind.

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Archbishop of York calls for more minority ethnic vocations in CoE

From a Church of England Press Release:

“There is a greater need than ever for minority ethnic Anglicans to respond to God’s call to ministry and servant leadership – we need people who are equipped for cross cultural ministry in our increasingly diverse society,” Dr Sentamu said.

“We need more minority ethnic clergy as deacons, priests and bishops. We need ethnic diversity at all levels in the Church’s ministry. This booklet shows how crucial it is for our ongoing vocations work in […]

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When you have the unpopular opinion of Christmas

In what is admittedly an unpopular opinion, the website xoJane.com published an opinion piece titled “Christmas should not be a National Holiday.” It’s made its way around the Internet, and TIME.com even picked it up.

Written by Marci, a Jewish woman, she states right off “no religious holiday should be a national holiday; therefore, those who celebrate Christmas should have to ask for the day off if it falls on a day they would otherwise be working.”

And so the debate began.

When presenting […]

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Washington Football team owner now suing native Americans

As you may recall, the name of the Washington DC football team has come under fire for being a racial slur. The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church has joined the bishop of Washington, President Obama and most of the various tribes within the US to ask owner Dan Snyder to change the name. So far, he has refused, despite mounting political

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Black clergy of Ferguson write a protest letter

The Huffington Post reports the National African-American Clergy Network wrote a letter, late last week, decrying the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Since then, it has grown exponentially, collecting signatures from folks as diverse as the head of the National Council of Churches to the head of the Seventh Day Adventists.

The statement reads, in

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How LGBT students are changing Christian colleges

Philip Francis, a professor of religious studies at Manhattan College, and Mark Longhurst, an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ in Williamstown, Massachusetts, both graduated from Gordon College over a decade ago. Gordon’s President D. Michael Lindsay was one of a number of prominent evangelical leaders who sent a letter to President Obama, asking for a religious exemption in the Non-Discrimination Executive Order. They write in The Atlantic about what’s happening

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