Lutherans Elect First Female Head

Courtesy of Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Staff Writer for the Huff
August 15, 2013

(RNS) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on Wednesday (Aug. 14) elected the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton as the denomination’s first female presiding bishop. Eaton received 600 votes against incumbent Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, who received 287. Eaton, the current ELCA bishop of Northeastern Ohio... Read more »

Pope Charts New Ground On Gay Priests And Women

By Susan Adams, Staffer
July 30, 2013

Pope Francis said today that he will not judge gay priests based on their sexual orientation. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” said the 76-year-old Argentinian pontiff, speaking in Italian during a hastily-arranged 80-minute news conference on... Read more »

A Jewish Pathbreaker Inspired by Her Countryman Mandela

By Samuel G. Freedman, N.Y. Times Staffer
July 29, 2013

Sara Hurwitz, the dean of Yeshivat Maharat, right, congratulates inaugural graduates Ruth Balinsky, left, and Rachel Kohl Finegold at a ceremony in June. On the Sunday in mid-June when a yeshiva in Manhattan ordained three women as Orthodox Jewish religious leaders, Nelson Mandela lay in a Pretoria... Read more »

Women of Faith: Minister Angela M. Gracey

Minister Angela M. Gracey
November 7, 2011

“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  Romans 10:17 It is imperative that I begin this discussion with the understanding that “faith” – our ability to believe in something – in and of itself is not “faith”.  In order for faith to be an effective, living dynamic... Read more »

Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton: Local Rabbi, Global Vision

Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton
October 6, 2011

What would impel a woman rabbi from Baltimore city to visit a community on the coast of Ghana? I play a lot of different roles here at home. Mornings I’m a single mom, getting my son off to school. The rest of the day, week, and weekends include being an organizer, sermonizer, listener, writer, speaker,... Read more »