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Faith and Identity



Our faith—whether as part of a religious community or in our relationship to the Divine—can be a core part of how we identify ourselves. But when another facet of our identity comes into conflict with how we live in alignment with our faith, we can experience crisis. Whether we struggle inwardly—wondering if our whole selves can truly be accepted by the Divine—or outwardly—debating if our understanding of the Divine and “right way of living” is the truth—we can experience isolation from a strong support network just when we need it most. But sometimes our faith can be the source of strength that allows us to boldly explore our doubt and encompass our whole selves in compassion and love.

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Don't Put People in Boxes

When we label people and put them in different boxes, we don't see PEOPLE for who they truly are. This video proves that we have a lot more in common than we think and we should keep that in mind when we encounter anyone who might seem different than we are.

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The Cross and the Lynching Tree

The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful new work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk.

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Religion as a Way of Life

One of the few common elements within the diversity of Native traditions is the idea that all dimensions of social life are profoundly integrated. Instead of “religion,” the broader term “life-way” is often used to describe the traditions of Native peoples.

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Indigenous Reflections on Christianity

What are the ecological implications of Christianity? There’s a story that has has played out all over the world. First come the missionaries doing good. Indigenous communities split apart and connections to land, ancestors and spirits of place weaken—not everywhere, but almost everywhere.

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Outlove: A Queer Christian Survival Story

After decades of bouncing between hope and despair, Evangelical, Baptist-raised Julie Rodgers found herself making a powerful public statement that her former self would have never said: ""I support same-sex marriage in the church.

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10 New Findings About Faith Among Black Americans

Black American religious life is diverse, encompassing a wide range of religious affiliations, worship practices and beliefs. While previous research has highlighted the ways in which the faith of Black adults differs from that of other U.S.

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Questioning Religion as Identity

Interrogating her mixed race and mixed religious background, Najla Said is an actress, playwright and the author of the memoir Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family.

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Unashamed: A Coming-Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians

On a daily basis, author and LGBTQ advocate Amber Cantorna receives emails asking the same question: How does one reconcile their sexuality with their faith? Depression, despair, and thoughts of suicide often haunt LGBTQ Christians as they feel unable to imagine the possibility of living a happy,...

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The 66 Religious Symbols the VA Will Put on Tombstones

The VA will provide a headstone for any eligible veteran, even if they’re already in an unmarked grave, in any cemetery around the world.

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The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song

In this tender and expansive reckoning with the meaning of the Black Church in America, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes us on a journey spanning more than five centuries.

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