This post was originally published on this siteA feminist Civil War drama that mostly works – except for all the mumbling. mpaa rating:R (For strong violence including a sexual assault.) Genre:Drama, War Theatre Release:September 25, 2015 by Drafthouse Films There were a number of things I could have Googled after watching The Keeping Room, a Civil War-era drama now playing in limited release. Like, “How many females were widowed and/or

This post was originally published on this site(RNS) During his U.S. trip, Pope Francis both praised and admonished bishops working to clean up the crisis of child sex abuse. In both cases, it was a calculated decision. The post Pope Francis’ words on abuse vary by his audience appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this site(RNS) There’s a new theory of aging in which older adults embrace rather than reject or deny the shadow side of aging. It’s called the spirituality of aging. The post The key lesson we’ve forgotten in our rush to beat old age (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this site(RNS) The Bible and “Fifty Shades of Grey” share more than a few raunchy sex scenes. For Banned Books Week and International Blasphemy Rights Day (Sept. 30), these eight titles are still too hot to handle. The post 8 banned books to celebrate Blasphemy Rights Day appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this site(RNS) Conservative Catholics often complain that Pope Francis, especially in his unscripted moments, sows confusion. Now, for a change, progressives are grappling with that frustration. The post In meeting Kim Davis, Pope Francis confounds and challenges (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this site(RNS) Another “first” for the little known but influential movement known as Reconstructionist Judaism. The post First Jewish rabbinical school to allow students with non-Jewish partners appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this siteATLANTA (RNS) Pope Francis and contemporary Roman Catholicism oppose the death penalty. This is a huge change from the past. How do religious traditions decide when doctrines should, or should not, be updated? The post Pope Francis, Kelly Gissendaner and ‘unchanging faith in a changing world’ (COMMENTARY) appeared first on Religion News Service.

This post was originally published on this siteCombined with evangelism, it’s a heady combination. In the late 1990s, evangelicals began to wake up to the breadth and brutality of sex trafficking. But one group was way ahead of everyone else. The Salvation Army has a history of fighting sex trafficking that stretches back to 1881. That’s when Elizabeth Cottrill of the Army’s Whitehall Corps began taking women and girls who

This post was originally published on this siteWhen good compliments go bad. When I served as an academic administrator, I fielded a complaint from a female student that a male faculty member under my supervision had made her “uncomfortable.” The worst—and most concrete—thing the professor had done was to tell the student that she looked nice one day. I have no doubt the newly minted junior faculty member’s comment was

This post was originally published on this siteWhat does your small group study? How do you decide? Community does indeed matter. In this blog series, we’ve seen that true biblical community is a non-negotiable, and that this kind of biblical community is both counter-cultural and missional in nature. In light of that biblical imperative, we’ve also seen the importance of leadership in these groups, that leaders either make or break