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1) Matt Taibbi on the GOP Clown Car
2) Pray to be Filled with Awe and Contemplation
3) Jurgen Habermas: A New Possibility for Europe
4) The Republican Party has become an Agent of Southern Religion, Racism and Anti-Unionism
5) Historic Day: Gay Marriage Affirmed by Supreme Court in All 50 States
6) Gun Manufacturers Cannot Be Christian says Pope Francis
7) Pope Francis Teaches Us about Climate Change and the Moral Imperative to Act

Article  by Robert Parry:  In a world of crashing global stock markets, it is good to remember that Neocon-driven ideology of endless chaos carries a prohibitively high price. Rethink wars and Ukraine and Middle East.  8/25/2015

Article  Some Jewish organizations oppose the Iran nuclear deal, but they do not represent a majority of the Jewish community. Key leaders in both the Christian and Jewish community support the deal.  8/25/2015

Article  by Ed Knudson:  Hitler used intense ethnic hatred and appealed to Germanic superiority through violence. Trump is using intense and explicit racism to emotionally manipulate voters. Image by George Hall.  8/22/2015

Article  Christian churches around the world will again observe the ecumenical Time for Creation (1 September to 4 October), this year bolstered by Pope Francis’s recent proclamation.  8/20/2015

Article  by Alisa Opar:  Wildfires may be harming the health of people who live hundreds or thousands of miles from the flames. Narrow individualistic political theory cannot begin to take account of these realities.  8/14/2015

Article  by John Dean:  Without question, Trump is the most prototypical authoritarian leader to ever so prominently seek the American presidency. He will destroy the Republican Party if successful and its racist base.  8/14/2015

Article  by Yolanda Pierce:  Real Christian theology should know that the truth of a society is revealed from the experience of its least powerful members. Reflections one year after the killing of Michael Brown.  8/13/2015

Article  by Ryan Lugalia-Hollon:  As a discipline, urban planning is dedicated to understanding and addressing the complex problems of the city. Yet public safety is rarely taken up as a sphere of concern.  8/6/2015

Article  by Robert B. Reich:  Since the 1980s, millions and millions of Americans lost their jobs, their savings, their homes. Now 79% say government is run by a few big interests looking after themselves.  8/4/2015

Article  by Michael O'Loughlin:  Trump's comments about illegal immigrants from Mexico has riled US Catholic bishops. About 41 percent of the US Catholic Church identifies as Hispanic. 75 percent of Latinos view Trump unfavorably.  8/4/2015

Article  by Jen Gunteris:  An OB/GYN explains how medically incorrect language is used to distort the facts. Use of such videos to inflame the public is a kind of vicious terrorism.  7/23/2015

Article  by Thomas Gumbleton:  A Roman Catholic bishop sees the compassion of Jesus in the work of Barack Obama to negotiate with the leaders of Iran and understand why the Iranian people have reason to be concerned about the U.S.  7/23/2015

Article  by Sheldon Richmond:  A review of 'The Lure of Technocracy' by Jurgen Habermas. More democratic processes in Europe are needed with sharing of wealth and power. Martin Buber is featured.  7/21/2015

Article  by Harold Meyerson:  Southern religious expression still dominates the public context. And the Southern labor system (slave labor, low pay) has been moving north due to a Southernized Republican Party.  7/20/2015

Article  by Michael Kimmelman:  The death of Eric Garner one year ago on a New York street is not just an issue of policing, but of public space, real estate, and urban renewal. The social use of public space is influenced by race.  7/19/2015

Article  by Denise Oliver Velez:  The president lifts up the black church and liberation theology in Charleston, South Carolina, where racism recently resulted in another mass killing. The Confederate flag and slavery are wrong.  7/15/2015

Article  by Michael Curry:  A sermon by the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry of North Carolina, elected Presiding Bishop at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church on July 3, 2015.  7/13/2015

Article  by Dana Greene:  A review of a book by Philip Sheldrake of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality accenting a place for relationship and community, sacredness, and reconciliation.  6/24/2015

Article  by Matthew Fox:  The great work of Pope Francis concerning eco-theology is being marred by his consideration of the canonization of Father Junipero Serra (1713-1784), enraging Native Americans and many others.  6/20/2015

Article  The Pope thanks all people working to protect the earth, our common home. Here the ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton responds.  6/18/2015

Article  by Karen L. Bloomquist:  Three distinct theological accents are needed to address the idolatry of 'winning' at all costs in politics. Voters want more clear and helpful policy discussion.  6/16/2015

Article  by Stanley Hauerwas:  One of the foremost thinkers in theological ethics shares the story of his life with us, and it is very interesting.  6/16/2015

Article  by Daniel Barnes:  We live in a non-real, simulated, spectacle society says Jean Baudrillard in his book The Divine Left. Politicians are performers calculating effects, not telling truth. Political ethics?  6/16/2015

Article  by Olav Fykse Tveit:  At the German Kirchentag the leader of the WCC reminds us of simple truths of life and soil. He reflects on the meaning of his name concerning his grandfather's farm in Hardanger, Norway.  6/5/2015

Article  by Eric de Place:  People living in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, have a chance now to stop coal and oil trains from contributing to massive increase of fossil fuel pollution.Read this and then do what you can!  6/4/2015

Article  by E.J. Dionne Jr.:  Those working for justice need to engage seriously with the religious traditions of the people they propose to liberate, Michael Walzer suggests.  6/4/2015

Article  by Robert Scheer:  Chris Hedges interviews Scheer on his new book revealing opposing views on American history and the use of violence for political gain.  6/3/2015

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