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We are transferring to a new BlogCast format at Religica. Below you can still find our Blogs as we make updates to a searchable Blog Archive system.

Podcast: AI and Us – Part 1

May 10, 2021

This is part one of a two-part conversation between Religica Theolab Founder Michael…

Reflecting on Leadership

January 10, 2021

Leadership is a tightrope to walk at this time in history.  As a…

To See and Be the Light of Yuletide

December 19, 2020

I know I’m not alone in this: the 2020 Holiday season is unlike…

Showing Up, Title or Not: Leadership from the Middle

December 12, 2020

For a long time, I didn’t consider myself a “leader with a capital…

December 5, 2020 Blog: Sharing Gratitude

December 6, 2020

From the Religica Community: Sharing Gratitude The holiday season is upon us. Traditionally,…

Understanding the Value of Spiritual Isolation

November 21, 2020

When we say we are spiritually isolated, different meanings emerge such as being…

Art & Armistice: A Veteran Lamentation

November 14, 2020

This past Wednesday, November 11, 2020, was Veterans Day in the U.S. The…

Earning the Hope we Seek

November 9, 2020

Do you hear a protracted public sigh after this U.S. presidential election?  When…

As One Voice We Lead

October 10, 2020

Music inspires and transcends boundaries and Barry Manilow, through the song ‘One Voice,’…

Women and Interfaith Leadership

October 3, 2020

Precious little history of the interfaith movement is available, save for several books…

Reigniting Hope

September 26, 2020

Almost ten months into 2020, it’s a daily challenge to not be consumed…

Enlightened Leadership in an Authoritarian World

September 11, 2020

In August of 1963, in Zimbabwe, as I held tightly onto my mother’s…

The Sacred Gift of Home

September 4, 2020

Six months into this pandemic, without an end in sight, the idea of…

You’re Wrong, Franklin Graham: God Was at DNC

August 29, 2020

Franklin Graham, a popular evangelical leader and Republican political activist gave his thumbs…

19th Amendment

August 22, 2020

This past Tuesday, June 18th, 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification…

Deep Abiding Love

August 13, 2020

Note: This blog was originally posted on August 7, 2020. Reposted August 13,…

Sacred Time

July 31, 2020

When we contemplate the “sacred,” we envision our personal idea of Creator, or…

Online Games: Creating a Space to Foster Community

July 25, 2020

With COVID-19 becoming a consistent aspect of life in these last few months,…

The Mystery Remains Intact

July 18, 2020

In December 2019, BBC Reel released a film – Diving into a Medieval…

Liturgy as a Greater-than-Sensical Response to Covid-19

July 11, 2020

We are not in control. We cannot make sense of this. We need…

Shrines to Brutality: The Relationship Between Sacred and Violence

July 2, 2020

What is a sacred site, and what is the relationship between such spaces…

Sacred Communities

June 26, 2020

Humankind is always searching for meaning in life and during this current world…

Youth as Sacred

June 19, 2020

As ministers, we are experiencing a great challenge in trying to figure out…

Spreading Love Over Fear

June 13, 2020

Our world is in an unstable state. Across the globe, our spiritual, emotional,…

The Stigma of Racism on Blacks

June 3, 2020

During a recent course in my graduate program of study, I was given…

The Murder of Floyd

June 3, 2020

The murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Police Officer has…

Called from Purpose to Presence: A Reflection on Ministry and Meaning in a Pandemic

May 29, 2020

I am a planner and a producer and project-oriented person. No one else…

The Sacrality of the Ordinary

May 22, 2020

I belong to a tiny, dying mainline church. It is dying even as…

Who’s to Blame for COVID-19?

May 13, 2020

Who’s to blame for the spread of the coronavirus? 5-G? Animals? Tourists? China?…

Spirituality in the Age of Coronavirus

May 8, 2020

Each day I attempt to understand more deeply the spiritual challenges found in…

Practicing Compassion: A Student’s Reflection on What it Means to Care for Students During COVID-19

May 1, 2020

  The last thing the world needs right now is another article on…

An Invitation

April 25, 2020

In the midst of Coronavirus, we are each being asked to adjust to…

Grief Will Not Be Cancelled

April 18, 2020

On this past March 23rd, Scott Berinato interviewed the foremost expert on grief,…

Dance as an Attitude Toward Life and Death

April 10, 2020

The opportunities to face our mortality are seemingly infinite. In an age when…

A Picture of Mercy: Hospice Care During COVID-19 

March 27, 2020

The only reason that it’s scary getting old Is people treat you like…

Love is Not Cancelled

March 20, 2020

Love is not cancelled. We each have a way of saying this in…

Creating Sacred Space: Clerical Duties in the Time of Social Distancing

March 13, 2020

The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has a powerful impact on…

Following their Lead: Youth in Action

March 6, 2020

In the world of interfaith, I’m considered “young”. At the age of 28,…

Taoism – Let it Be

February 22, 2020

My dad loved to cook. And he loved Asian food. So, when I…

What is Enough?

February 7, 2020

What is “enough”? Is there ever “enough”? Can there be? I’ve been thinking…

Envisioning Bold Solutions for Ending War

January 24, 2020

This piece is a revised version of “Envisioning bold solutions for ending war”…

When the Drosera Blooms – A Call to Living the Change

January 11, 2020

Elders of many First Nations still maintain their lineage of understanding the ebbs…

EDITOR’S CHOICE

January 8, 2020

There was a lot of great content that Religica highlighted in 2019. The…

The Violence of Silence in American Catholic Churches

December 8, 2019

As a Catholic, I think two of the seven themes in Catholic Social…

Looking around today, it’s hard to imagine any ‘Stranger Things’

December 1, 2019

Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian portrayal of a not-so-future America that has…

Forgiveness in a Shared Identity

November 24, 2019

Standing underneath a tree in 1994, Yobe state, Nigeria, I watched as Christians…

Of Fire and Water

November 17, 2019

The Episcopal Lectionary for this week resounds in syncopated side-step with emergency events.…

How do we live together?

November 10, 2019

We sat nervously around the table. Having never met before, we started by…

How Much Do Black Lives Really Matter?

October 26, 2019

To what extent do Black lives truly matter? What is the value of…

Wild Souls: Why Humans and Wilderness Need Each Other

October 13, 2019

Wilderness is not just out there, like a remote mountain range. It is…

Measuring Success

October 5, 2019

I am an Episcopalian living in the spiritual-but-not-religious stronghold of the Pacific Northwest.…

Theopoetics of Trauma: Bearing witness to what remains

September 29, 2019

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” –…

Ecosystem vs. Society

September 22, 2019

We humans, as a species, have come far from our ancient predecessors. From…

A Theology of Trauma

September 14, 2019

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer;…

Games for the Soul: Gratitude and Compassion in Video Games

September 8, 2019

There are games for the body, games for the mind, but what about…

“Acceptance is All We Need”

August 25, 2019

Acceptance. This simple word has shaped how I live my life and how…

Sharing the World’s Faith Traditions with Kids

August 17, 2019

Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.…

Teaching Children to Cope in Angry Times

August 11, 2019

“Be angry, but don’t sin. Let not the sun go down upon your…

Now More Than Ever…Three Feet of Peace

August 3, 2019

Now more than ever, the only way to create true peace in this…

Brighter than the Noonday Sun

July 27, 2019

As we begin celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landings (I was…

Trump Administration Revealing More Clearly Philosophical Intent on Foreign Policy

July 21, 2019

By John Breslin, Special to Religica  It is impossible to view a major…

They Were Never Strangers to Us

July 20, 2019

Immigrant parents. The refugee friend. The asylum-seeking loved one. The undocumented mentor. I…

A Fight for Structural Reforms Rooted in a Christian Progressive Tradition: The 2020 Presidential Race

July 13, 2019

I do not recall politics and political engagement ever being discussed when I…

What it Means to Live for the Future

July 6, 2019

In my work, I’m asked to think about the future a lot –…

True Encounters with the “Other”

June 30, 2019

A few months ago, I heard someone tell me this, “You call yourself…

Decolonizing Art

June 23, 2019

Audre Lorde once said: “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”…

Living and healing in faith communities

June 16, 2019

One of the significant benefits of belonging to a faith community is knowing…

All Are Welcome: Study Reveals Religious still Falling Short in Welcoming Children with Special Needs

June 15, 2019

By John Breslin, Special to Religica In a seminal handbook detailing how best…

The Violent Past is the Violent Present

June 9, 2019

As an American Spiritual Humanist and daughter of a school shooter, I have…

Next Generation Visualization

June 2, 2019

Delivered by Shantha Ready Alonso at the 2019 American Climate Leadership Summit. The…

Religica at Five Months – Generosity Underneath It All

May 27, 2019

If I know two tasks that are essential in life, these are the…

We Have to Act on a Changing Climate – Now

May 11, 2019

When I consider the vast, devastating implications that accompany a changing climate, I…

Making a Place for the ‘Nones’ Around the Multi-Faith and Belief Table

May 4, 2019

In my work as a university faculty member, I am often approached by…

My Writing Journey through Grief, Love, and Light

April 28, 2019

How does one describe herself to the world at large from a spiritual…

After Christchurch: Creating Sacred and Safe Spaces

April 21, 2019

On March 15th, 2019 a shooter used the Facebook social media platform to…

What is Creation Speaking to Your Soul this Earth Day?

April 13, 2019

What is Creation Speaking to your Soul? It is about more than picking…

The Beauty and Power of Hospitality

April 7, 2019

While many of us are all too familiar with the image of the…

Am I a bad Muslim?

March 31, 2019

Am I a bad Muslim? This is a question I frequently ask myself…

We Are One

March 22, 2019

One week after the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that…

Interfaith Work Advances Women’s Dignity on a Global Scale

March 10, 2019

March is Women’s History Month and March 8 is International Women’s Day –…

Beyond Identity Politics

March 3, 2019

The Nigerian general elections took place on Saturday, February 23, 2019. The two…

January 9, 2021/Holly Barker

Reflecting on Leadership

December 19, 2020/Siren Hand

To See and Be the Light of Yuletide

December 14, 2020/Aleenah Ansari 

Showing Up, Title or Not: Leadership from the Middle

November 21, 2020/Hilary Canto

Understanding the Value of Spiritual Isolation

December 5, 2020/The Religica Community Response

Sharing Gratitude

November 14, 2020/Trish Brownlee

Art & Armistice: A Veteran Lamentation

November 9, 2020/Michael Reid Trice

Earning the Hope we Seek

October 10, 2020/Hilary Canto

As One Voice We Lead

October 3, 2020/Paul Chaffee

Women and Interfaith Leadership

September 28, 2020/Rose Murphy

Reigniting Hope

September 11, 2020/Debrah Friedland-van Zijl  & Andre van Zijl

Enlightened Leadership in an Authoritarian World

September 4, 2020/Julie Hutson

The Sacred Gift of Home

August 22, 2020/Megan Anderson

19th Amendment

August 7, 2020/Trish Brownlee

Deep Abiding Love

July 31, 2020/Larry Larson

Sacred Time

July 18, 2020/Michael Reid Trice

The Mystery Remains Intact

July 11, 2020/Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer

Liturgy as a Greater-than-Sensical Response to Covid-19

July 3, 2020/Trish Brownlee

The Relationship Between Sacred and Violence

June 26, 2020/ Paul R Gockel

Sacred Communities

June 19, 2020/Elianna Lucas

Youth as Sacred

June 13, 2020/ Cindy Brightbill

Spreading Love Over Fear

June 4, 2020/Paskazia Nakitende

The Stigma of Racism on Blacks

June 3, 2020/ Rt. Rev. Dr. Donalson

The Murder of Floyd

May 21, 2020/Tobias A. Kroll

The Sacrality of the Ordinary

College CampusApril 27, 2020/Rose Murphy
An Invitation

 

flowers in a field at sunsetApril 20, 2020/Michael Reid Trice
Grief Will Not be Cancelled

people dancing in RomaniaApril 13, 2020/Kenzie Grubitz Simpson
Dance as an Attitude Toward Life and Death

 

old and young hands touchingMarch 30, 2020/Daryn Holdsworth
A Picture of Mercy: Hospice Care During COVID-19 

Text: Love is not cancelled.March 23, 2020/Rev. Shelley Bryan Wee
Love is Not Cancelled

 

Signs for school strike for climate changeMarch 9, 2020/Tahil Sharma
Following their Lead: Youth in Action

 

Fire & Water Pattern Art by Pikrepo.comFebruary 24, 2020/Sam Allen
Taoism – Let it Be

Colorful hands holding a heartFebruary 10, 2020/Megan Anderson
What is Enough?

 

round multicolored peace sign wall artJanuary 27, 2020/Alice Holstein, Ed.D
Envisioning Bold Solutions for Ending War

flowersJanuary 13, 2020/Philippa Rowland
When the Drosera Blooms – A Call to Living the Change

 

Cleopatre ThelusDecember 9, 2019 /Cleopatre Thelus
The Violence of Silence in American Catholic Churches

Bullus GagoNovember 25, 2019 / Bullus Gago, PhD
Forgiveness in a Shared Identity

James PerkinsonNovember 18, 2019 /James W. Perkinson, PhD
Of Fire and Water

Sarah OliverNovember 11, 2019 /Sarah Oliver
How do we live together?

Shaina WilliamsOctober 28, 2019 / Shaina Williams
How Much Do Black Lives Really Matter?

Jenna SchroeterOctober 14, 2019 /Jenna Schroeter
Wild Souls: Why Humans and Wilderness Need Each Other

Linzi StahleckerOctober 7, 2019 /Linzi Stahlecker
Measuring Success

Jose RiosSeptember, 23, 2019 / Jose Rios
Ecosystem vs. Society

Justin AlmeidaSeptember 16, 2019 /Justin Almeida
A Theology of Trauma

Tina StarrAugust, 27, 2019 /Tina Starr
“Acceptance is All We Need”

Vicki GarlockAugust, 20, 2019 /Rev. Vicki Garlock, PhD
Sharing the World’s Faith Traditions with Kids

P. K. McCaryAugust, 13, 2019 /P. K. McCary
Teaching Children to Cope in Angry Times

Deborah GreeneAugust, 6, 2019 /Deborah Greene
Now More Than Ever…Three Feet of Peace

Michael PetersonJuly, 2, 2019 /Michael Peterson, OSB
True Encounters with the “Other”

Vy VuJune 25, 2019 /Vy Vu 
Decolonizing Art

Libby ByrneJune, 18, 2019 /Libby Byrne, PhD
Living and healing in faith communities

Carrah QuigleyJune 11, 2019 /Carrah Quigley
The Violent Past is the Violent Present

Shantha Ready AlonsoJune, 4, 2019 /Shantha Ready Alonso
Next Generation Visualization

Michael Reid Trice

May 28, 2019 /Michael Trice, PhD
Religica at Five Months – Generosity Underneath It All

 

Lawrence LernerApril 23, 2019 /Lawrence Lerner
After Christchurch: Creating Sacred and Safe Spaces

Kristen Daley MosierApril 16, 2019 /Kristen Daley Mosier
What is Creation Speaking to Your Soul
this Earth Day?

Paola BernardiniApril 9, 2019 /Paola Bernardini, PhD
The Beauty and Power of Hospitality

Aleenah AnsariApril 2, 2019 /Aleenah Ansari
Am I a bad Muslim?

Robert P SellersMarch 26, 2019 /Robert P. Sellers, PhD
Of Cakes and Garbage Heaps

William GibsonMarch 19, 2019 /Rev. William D. Gibson, DMin
Who Are You?

Wemimo JaiyesimiMarch 5, 2019 /Wemimo B. Jaiyesimi
Beyond Identity Politics

Joseph C LeeFeb 19, 2019 /Joseph Lee
In the Name of Love

Rhea PanelaFeb 12, 2019 /Rhea Panela
Walk Without a Destination

Todd GreenFeb 5, 2019 /Todd Green
Rethinking Our Response to Islamophobia

Mike DentonJan 22, 2019 / Rev. Michael Denton
Through the Fence

Denise HearnJan 15, 2019 / Denise Hearn, MBA
Economic Justice as the Basis for Belonging

Kristen Daley MosierJan 8, 2019 / Kristen Daley Mosier, MDiv
Baptized into Tahlequah’s Tears

Michael TriceJan 1, 2019 / Michael Reid Trice, PhD
Religica – A New Beginning  

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