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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

Muslim Americans Bridging Communities Through Art and Music

Omar OffendumA number of Muslim Americans are using art as a point of connection, not discord, between Muslims and non-Muslims in the United States.

by Jack Jenkins | Monday, December 17, 2012

The Political and Cultural Embrace of Marriage Equality Is Growing

rally in support of same-sex marriageVoters young and old are supporting marriage equality for gay and transgender Americans, and many religious institutions are supportive too.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Universities Welcome Muslim Students Through Interfaith Efforts

NYUnitedMany universities—both religious and secular—are making extensive interfaith efforts to help a diverse group of religious students, especially Muslims, feel welcome on their campuses.

by Aaron Shapiro | Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Courting the ‘None’ Vote

St. Brigid's church article icon Issue Brief The growing number of religiously unaffiliated Americans presents potential challenges for both political parties, but their presence may also be beneficial.

by Jack Jenkins | Thursday, November 1, 2012

This Liberty Mutual Commercial Mixes Theology and Politics

A recent insurance company commercial demonstrates the values of compassion and community, which support the Affordable Care Act.

by Sally Steenland | Friday, October 26, 2012

Health Care

Christians kneeling outside of Supreme CourtFor many people of faith, the fight for health care reform reflects deeply held values that were tested in the political arena and still remain strong.

by Eleni Towns | Wednesday, October 3, 2012