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Spirituality and Politics

A recent study by The Fetzer Institute found that more than 80 percent of Americans consider themselves spiritual to some degree, and that those same people are also more likely to engage in politics than those who consider themselves non-spiritual. Spiritual practices often focus on values that are intimately connected to ethical issues and to political systems that may or may not uphold those values. Many honor their spiritual practices by moving those in power to uphold similar values in the public sphere, which can have far-reaching beneficial or harmful effects. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

Memes Used to Tweak Believers', Politicians' Views

Catholics are taught there is one God in three persons. But in the world of memes — roughly described as photo- or illustration-driven editorial cartoons — there's more than one Jesus.

Is This a Bonhoeffer Moment?

It is common to wonder what we would have done if we lived in history’s most challenging times. Lessons for American Christians from the Confessing Church in Germany.

Far-Right Trump Backers Weaponized Christianity Against Democracy and Could Do It Again

In the waning days of 2020, Serene Jones came face to face with the white supremacist hate that fueled the deadly mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6—and that poses the biggest security challenge to President Joe Biden.

Q&A with the Rev. William Barber, Building "Fusion Coalition" That Unites People Against Poverty

Barber makes clear his belief that the role of Christians is to call for social justice and allow the "rejected stones" of American society—the poor, people of color, women, LGBTQIA people, immigrants, religious minorities—to lead the way.

'There Is Not Some Separation Between Jesus and Justice.' How Rev. William J. Barber II Uses His Faith to Fight for the Poor

Barber’s newsmaking actions were founded on the idea that being a person of faith means fighting for justice.

Should Christians Do Yoga?

A few weeks ago, a Baptist minister in Texas started a rumble, or at least a small brouhaha, when he declared that yoga is not suitable for Christians. His point was that using the body for spiritual practice contradicts basic Christian principles.

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