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Retrospective on the Contribution of Jews to American History and Culture

The National Museum of American Jewish History, located across the mall from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, has as its primary theme the freedom of the Jewish community in the... read more >


Perspectives on Immigration Reform

On May 12, 2011, President Barack Obama spoke at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and called immigration reform a “moral imperative.” His perspective was echoed by the Rev. Luis Cortes... read more >


Arlington Memorial for Jewish Rabbis Approved

Correcting a historical oversight, Congress recently approved the establishment of a war memorial at Arlington Cemetery for Jewish rabbis killed on the battlefield. Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly interviewed advocates for... read more >


Resources for Creating a Place of Welcome

In January 2011, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations hosted a workshop by Dr. Gary McIntosh, professor of Christian ministry and leadership at the Talbot School of Theology and editor of... read more >


Preaching and Teaching About Homosexuality in the African American Church

The African American Lectionary project provides a variety of resources to enhance ministry to the African American community. One is The Dialogue Corner, an opportunity for preachers and teachers to... read more >


Morality and Gun Violence

So-called “straw purchasers” are people who legally buy guns with the intention of reselling them on the street to people who cannot legally purchase firearms.  An ecumenical clergy movement in... read more >


Libya and the Moral Language of War

Contrary to the notion that U.S. military action must be predicated on American strategic interests, President Barack Obama has said that the United States’ only motive for intervening in the... read more >


Remembrance and Healing for War Veterans

The idea of pilgrimage is common to many faith traditions and central to the human experience; we yearn for something more and to be on a journey with someone else,... read more >


The Role of the Church in Domestic Violence

Faith communities have a unique opportunity to either help or hurt families suffering domestic violence. Hurt comes in the form of clergy siding with the abusive spouse, usually male, to... read more >


The Local Battle Over Religious Rights to Land Use

The battle over building a mosque near the New York City site of the destroyed Twin Towers highlights a growing nationwide battle over the legal right of religious communities to... read more >





Explorer of the Universe, Stephen Hawkings Dies

  "Unlike me, Prof. Hawking did his best to stare into the far reaches of the universe. If anyone could have...

Philanthropy That Thinks Deeply About Rural Community

Based in Indianapolis, the Lilly Endowment is perhaps best known for its grants to strengthen pastoral leaders and...

Grappling with Questions of Belonging, Unity, and Faith

Years ago, against the advice of colleagues, Amanda Parrish Morgan taught Marilynne Robinson's debut novel,...

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