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This article irst appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2011 - About midway through his lecture about religion and American life Wednesday night, Harvard's Robert Putnam proved he was a professor by giving his audience at Washington University a pop quiz:

How often do you say grace?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 21, 2011 - While the Constitution specifically prohibits government from administering religious tests as a condition for holding public office, the First Amendment guarantees our right to advocate for or against candidates on any basis we choose, including their religion. We can, if we like, support or oppose a candidate for no better reason than that he or she is, for example, a Catholic. Historically, some Americans have done just that, as was the case with the anti-Catholic Know Nothing Party of the 19th Century.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 10, 2011 - In light of my recent column on systems, I was struck by examples of Christian privilege that flourished this past week. To disclose, I am Christian and feel strongly that people in privileged positions should be willing to name their power.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 20, 2011 - Should the government help people in these tough financial times? A poll by the Gallup Organization released Tuesday morning shows that people who strongly believe that God has a plan for them are less willing than others to have the government send checks to able-bodied, unemployed Americans.

Mo. bill would allow vouchers for private schools

Feb 16, 2011

A state House member wants to amend the Missouri Constitution to let parents receive public funding to send children to religious schools.

The proposal by Jefferson City Republican Jay Barnes would repeal a prohibition on public money going to religious schools. If approved by the full House and Senate, it would go on a statewide ballot.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 29, 2008 - To win votes of faith-based groups across the spectrum of beliefs, the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns have hired special faith outreach staff. Candidates' supporters hold house parties and coffees for members of their faith groups to convey the idea is that "lots of people who share your values" support their candidate.

Local Episcopal clergy react to Lambeth conference

Aug 7, 2008

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 7, 2008 - For five years the shadow of schism has loomed over the 77-million member Anglican communion but the fresh idea of a covenant, which sprang from the bishops' 10-yearly Lambeth Conference that ended Sunday, might prevent the church's split. About 2.2 million Americans belong to the Anglican Communion's American wing -- the Episcopal Church in America. U.S. dioceses are among the most liberal in the Anglican Communion, an association of believers rather than an administrative body.

How a bishop is named

May 14, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Who knows the name of the next New York archbishop? The pope, if he has decided.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Plenty of concern for God's creation comes from folks in the pews."

Used to be that when a young family considered joining the church, they'd ask about its nursery and check the bathrooms," the Rev. David Mason, pastor of Green Valley Baptist Church in St. Joseph, Mo., said. "Now they ask if we have gone green. People care."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Green choices often begin at home. When David A. Mollerus, a Southern Baptist, completes his commute from work, he tosses aside his car keys and runs, or walks, to do his errands. His home in New Town of St. Charles is a short walk to a dry cleaner, a grocery, a gym, a farmer's market and a beautiful lake. He bought a home in the densely planned "New Urbanism" community two years ago, in part, to lessen his carbon footprint. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Across the country, evangelical Christians are going green. To be sure, many are still leery about jumping onto a bandwagon already filled with — in their view — ultraliberal, even "unwashed," activists. Yet, in recent months, several national evangelical leaders have urged their fellow believers to protect the environment.

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