Culture & Politics
Culture & Politics
Gillian Frank: Before abortion was legal, clergy networks provided connections to reproductive care
Faith leaders can be misunderstood as universally opposing abortion. In fact, the commitment of some clergy to make it safe and accessible predates Roe v. Wade, says a historian and author who studies religion, gender and sexuality.
Preaching must speak into and transform our understanding of conflict
The Gospel of Mark teaches us how Jesus’ ministry and preaching crossed cultural and religious boundaries, says a preacher and pastor.
Christians have a responsibility to confront Christian nationalism
After congressional inaction, addressing Christian nationalism is now up to the American people, says an advocate for religious liberty.
Five questions to ask during those Super Bowl commercials
Some reflections to accompany your soda and seven-layer dip, from a communications specialist at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Luke A. Powery: The Holy Spirit can inspire us to understand one another’s humanity
The Holy Spirit is key for Christians looking to communicate across divisions, says the dean of Duke University Chapel.
Division in the midterm elections reflects a further descent into conspiracy theories, racial and historical panics, and the invocation of spiritual warfare. How will people of faith respond to the white Christian nationalism that has brought us to this point?
Bob Smietana: Why the decline of the church matters to everyone
As churches slowly disappear, so does the good they do in the world. That’s a loss for everyone, says a longtime religion journalist.
Emily Knox: Book bannings are a lagging indicator of society's reaction to change
An associate professor of information science draws on her training in religious studies to frame book banning’s current resurgence.
Terry LeBlanc: A seminary teaches how to be authentically Indigenous and Christian
A North American Indigenous learning community focuses on Indigenous-led theological education.
Laura Ullrich and David Brown: Why pastors should understand economics
Economists live in a world of scarcity. Christians believe in God’s abundance. In this conversation, an economist and a pastor talk about the ways in which that tension plays out in ministry and life.