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People of Faith Should Oppose Official Prayer at Public-School Graduation Ceremonies

Public high school graduationIn a pluralistic democracy, government should not be in the business of promoting religion.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Nothing Says Love Like Great Public Policy

Mother's DayWhile cards and flowers are fine Mother’s Day gifts, public policies that make life better for moms are the best way to honor all they do.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 8, 2013

3 Facts About Religion and Violent Extremism

Islamic Society of BostonIn the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, it’s important to keep the facts straight about the complexities of terrorism.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Advocates Continue Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence

Gun-violence preventionIn the wake of last week’s Senate vote against legislation to prevent gun violence, Americans must remember that their efforts to reduce gun violence are a marathon, not a sprint.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Thou Shall Not Kill: Faith Groups and Gun-Violence Prevention

Gun-violence prevention article icon Issue Brief In this brief, we examine the efforts of faith-based groups to prevent deaths caused by firearms through their work as first-responders, advocates, and prophetic voices against the scourge of gun violence.

By Jack Jenkins, with Eleni Towns | Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Is Creativity or Obedience More Important?

Rev. Joel HunterProbing and honest conversation is key to fostering real understanding between people.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Reproductive Justice, Religious Liberty, and Pluralistic Democracy

Sally Steenland talks with Rabbi Dennis Ross, a religious advocate and congregational rabbi, in the third interview in a podcast series discussing the current state of the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement.

By Sally Steenland | Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Dark Side of ‘Bright Young Things’

Victoria's SecretProgressives should speak out about the commercial targeting of youth instead of shying away from a fight about deregulation and the “nanny state.”

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Faith Leaders Calling for an End to Gun Violence

Gun violence preventionVoices in faith communities across America are loudly speaking out about how gun violence affects them and why we need a real solution now.

By Eleni Towns | Thursday, March 21, 2013

‘Girls’ Needs to Glance Away from the Mirror

Cast of Even the created reality of a television show can benefit from a diverse worldview.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Selection of New Pope Underscores a Shortcoming of Church Rules

Sister Simone CampbellA leadership devoid of women seriously undermines the Catholic Church’s mission and future.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, March 13, 2013

13 Progressive Faith Leaders to Watch in 2013

Sister Simone CampbellThese faith leaders can be expected to continue leading the progressive charge for economic, social, and environmental justice in 2013 and beyond.

By Jack Jenkins, Eleni Towns, and Catherine Woodiwiss | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Misusing Religious Freedom to Cloak Intolerance

Hilary ClintonOpposing gay and transgender equality under the guise of religious freedom has deep roots stretching back more than 50 years.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Rise of ‘New Values Voters’

Nuns on the Bus article icon Issue Brief The election results in November were a sign that faith aligned with progressive values is alive and well in the public square. Likewise, the results underscore the rejection of religious and political extremism.

By Catherine Woodiwiss | Friday, January 25, 2013

Searching for Answers After the Sandy Hook Tragedy

Connecticut School ShootingThe senseless shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, has forced all of us to confront unspeakable tragedy and unanswerable questions.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, December 19, 2012