Tom Gjelten appears in the following:
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Two popes speaking simultaneously on the most divisive issue facing the church is remarkable. Benedict's letter may well raise concerns that the Vatican can no longer speak with a single voice.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Bizarre as they may have been, many messianic leaders were stunningly successful, heading movements that flourished for years due, in part, to their keen ability to offer responses to social distress.
Saturday, April 06, 2019
In an era of red and blue polarization, purple congregations are increasingly rare and a challenge to maintain. They learn to avoid some subjects to maintain congregational harmony.
Friday, April 05, 2019
Despite a global refugee crisis, the United States is closing its doors. Refugee resettlement is near record lows, even for minorities whose plight the Trump administration has highlighted.
Thursday, April 04, 2019
Archbishop Wilton Gregory accepted the offer from Pope Francis to become the leader of an archdiocese in turmoil over abuse allegations.
Saturday, March 02, 2019
The decision by United Methodists to reaffirm a traditional stand on homosexuality and marriage leaves the church's future unclear.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Cubans vote this weekend on a new constitution that enshrines the Communist party as the "supreme guiding political force." Religious leaders are critical of new limits on pluralistic thought.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
American Catholics have become disappointed as Pope Francis described the meeting as featuring "prayer and discernment" — hardly an ambitious vision for what could have been a momentous event.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Catholic leaders from around the world are convening in Rome Thursday to discuss the continuing clergy sexual abuse crisis. Abuse survivors say they're not hopeful meaningful change will come from it.
Monday, February 11, 2019
"There can simply be no ambiguity about the church's responsibility to protect the abused and be a safe place for the vulnerable," wrote the president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Friday, February 08, 2019
In his new book, soon to be a feature film, Andrew McCarten examines Popes Francis and Benedict XVI — and how having two living popes, for the first time in 600 years, has weakened the papacy.
Thursday, February 07, 2019
"All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God," Trump said, to a standing ovation at this year's National Prayer Breakfast.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
The Trump administration has inspired a new activism on the part of liberal religious groups. Like the Moral Majority of the 1980s, they fear an assault on their most basic Christian values.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Christian leaders in the U.S. fear President Trump's decision to pull out of Syria will leave Christian minorities in the region vulnerable to attack.
Thursday, January 03, 2019
Pew Research finds that more than 99 percent of the Republican members of Congress identify as Christian, as opposed to 78 percent of the Democrats. Only one member identifies as unaffiliated.
Friday, December 28, 2018
Federal government employees are still being paid for work they did before the shutdown, but the checks will soon end. Among those affected are many who struggle to make ends meet even in good times.
Monday, December 24, 2018
Evangelicals in 2018 had to defend their views on sexual sin, given their willingness to overlook Donald Trump's infidelity and reports of sexual misconduct by their own pastors.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
In a 71-page report, Southern Baptist leaders are documenting their dark history, as if by telling the story in wrenching detail, they may finally be freed of its taint.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary released a report detailing its history of slavery and racism. The president says the self-examination represents an "honest lament" for its past sins.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Seventy years ago, the global community nearly unanimously approved a list of fundamental human rights. But many of those rights remain unachieved today.