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"This is how you’re an #LGBTQAlly. You’re right there, in the moment, acknowledging the particularity of grief, pain, anger, and very real fear. This bad thing happened, the ally knows. It happened to you in a very specific way that cannot be generalized to other forms of terror and hate, however parallel or otherwise related they might be."
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In the absence of our own voices, our own stories, our own mediating of real, lived religious experience in the various new media spaces that increasingly shape our offline and online realities alike, religious communities often mediate, instead, a profound, deafening silence on justice and compassion.
Earlier this year, one of our award-winning Bearings contributors, Kelly Baker, wrote a piece about the challenges, for white people in particular, of thinking
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Nones: They're not all unreligious. Or spiritual. Or religious. Or None-of-the-Above.
Religious Nones are a name for people who answer “none” when asked with what religious group they most identify or to which they belong. Nones are a growing segment of the U.S. religious landscape but there are some misconceptions about how they practice what might count as “spirituality” or “religion.” Here are three challenges to typical misconceptions about Nones.
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Tx @HarvardRLP&@HarvardDivinity for a great overview of current research on Nones & a kindly shout out for Choosing Our Religion.
In May 2015, the Pew Research Center’s report on America’s changing religious landscape showed one group soaring while most other religious identity groups shrunk. That group was the “Nones,” the growing bloc of Americans who are not affiliated with any organized religion. 22 percent of all adult Americans now fall into the Nones category, second in “affiliation” only to evangelical Protestants (25.4 percent).
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It’s December, and we have entered the season of narrative. Around the globe, adorable children in Sunday School classrooms are presenting nativity pageants i
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Allyson Dylan Robinson has been everywhere of late--shaping regulations on transgender service members, presiding at Caitlyn Jenner's renaming ceremony. And now she's at The BTS Center's "Bearings" blog with a call to give up our addictions to certainty and embrace the wonder of all the big questions that challenge and enrich our faith.
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"Is it truly possible to be in solidarity with people whose physical lives are dramatically impacted by concrete, material privileges that you struggle to acknowledge? What does solidarity as a practice, not just as a sentimental idea, look like in the 21st-century church?" Joshua Crutchfield asks tough questions on race, religion, and reconciliation.
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Happy to be visiting with BYU's Maxwell Institute this morning. Take a listen!
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Maybe, after all the religious shuffling going on right now settles a bit, we’ll be able to see that Nones are something of a “missing link” between a more primal, and perhaps more authentic, religiosity and the institutional edifices we’ve constructed in all too human attempts to contain and control an organic spirituality that is our genetic, evolutionary legacy.
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I am always surprised when I find myself in churches where people seem to agree that God is neither Santa, nor a King in the Sky, nor the NSA, but still talk as if God is one or all of those things.
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How can we tell our children—tell ourselves—that peace is possible if we do not know how to articulate our own role as peacemakers in the world?
In a week . . . no, a month . . . no, a year . . . no, a decade . . . saturated with terror that has been tinged, if not triggered, by religion, it hardly seems
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Whoever drinks beer… is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!
~ Martin Luther
Autumn is the best season. I love it all: gorgeous leaves, crisp temperatures, flannel fresh from the closet, and, if you’re into that sort of thing, pumpkin
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Scholar, Writer, Speaker, Exploring the Changing Contours of American Christianity
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Elizabeth Drescher is a scholar, author, educator, and speaker on the spiritual lives of ordinary people today and in the past. She is the co-editor of The Narthex, a magazine that explores the changing contours of American Christianity. She is the author of three books, most recently, Changing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones (Oxford, forthcoming) and a numerous of academic articles. Dr. Drescher has been the recipient of a number of grants for her work, including a journalism fellowship from the Social Science Research Council for its “New Directions in the Study of Prayer” initiative. She is a consulting scholar at The BTS Center in Portland, ME and teaches religion and pastoral ministries at Santa Clara University. A highly regarded commentator on contemporary religious and spiritual life, her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, Sojourners, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Religion Dispatches. Learn more at elizabethdrescher.com and find Dr. Drescher on Twitter and Facebook.

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Co-editor, with Keith Anderson, of THE NARTHEX at Medium.com. Enter the conversation on the changing contours of American Christianity.
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research, writing, editing, and public speaking on the changing contours of American religion
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