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Eldonna Hazen emphasizes tolerance as a pioneering minister at First Congregational Church

On a frosty winter morning, Eldonna Hazen was preparing to do something she had postponed for years: lead Sunday morning worship service. "I felt a call to the ministry my sophomore year in college. But I thought that, as a gay woman, it was not possible for me," says Hazen, who was recently installed as the senior minister at First Congregational Church. She is the congregation's first woman minister and its first openly gay one. >More
 Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II urges Madison activists to build a 'movement of moral dissent'

Sitting among the wooden pews in a packed Bethel Lutheran Church on Thursday evening to hear an address by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, one longtime participant in the Solidarity Sing Along, couldn't help but joke about her surroundings. "This is the first time we've been in a church!" said Rose. J of the group, which has been protesting Gov. Scott Walker's policies daily in noontime sing-alongs at the state Capitol for three years. >More
 Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II of North Carolina's 'Moral Monday' protest movement comes to Madison

Madison's civil rights and labor rights advocates are hoping to learn something from a movement born in North Carolina that is spreading throughout the South. The "Moral Monday" movement started in 2013 in protest of Republican efforts in the North Carolina statehouse to cut funding for education, Medicaid and unemployment benefits and to restrict access to voting and abortion services. >More
 Theologian Brian McLaren takes on the future of Christianity at First Baptist Church of Madison

What is the future of Christianity? Few have thought harder about that question than Brian McLaren -- a former evangelical pastor and a prolific and popular author on the topic of Christianity's past, present and future. >More
 Mormon Road Trip! My weekend with a group of Madison believers

It's 7 a.m. on a sunny Friday in late July when a trim 28-year-old named Dan Hinckley greets me, a green smoothie gripped in one hand. We're standing in the parking lot of Madison's "university ward" of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nearby, two passenger vans are gased up and ready to take two-dozen young area Mormons five hours south to Nauvoo, Ill., a small town on the Mississippi River that is something of a mecca for Mormons. >More
 Long summer days, record heat part of Ramadan for Muslims around Madison

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan has fallen in the middle of summer for 2012, and weeks of record and near-record high temperatures in Madison is affecting local Muslims taking part in the religious tradition. The most well-known practice during the month is the fasting from sun-up to sun-down, which means no food or water for over 16 hours, from 4 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. during these long days. >More
 'Inside Islam' project replaces fear with familiarity

On March 6, "Inside Islam" culminated in a panel discussion about the link between faith and environmentalism. Billed as an "interfaith conversation on eco-consciousness and activism," the panel featured representatives from Islam, Christianity, Judaism and the Baha'i faith. Feraca says that the interfaith aspect of the panel reflects the project's attempt in the last year to highlight Islam in conversation with other faiths. >More
 Madison Muslims continue search for new mosque site, after Sun Prairie flap

For weeks now, reporters have been trying to get Abdulla Champeon to say something he hasn't believed. They want him to be angry, to be the victim. They want him to use that magic word that would vault into every headline and TV newscast: discrimination. >More
 Madison Believers: Luther Memorial Church melds tradition and liturgy with fellowship and music in a historic campus cathedral

While touring Luther Memorial Church before being hired, Pastor Franklin Wilson wondered to himself, "Is Charlemagne tromping around in here?" Walking past the 87-year-old church, located on University Avenue in the heart of the University of Wisconsin campus, it's easy to think some overzealous Lutherans were looking to build a European cathedral in Madison. Walk inside, and the setting is even more striking. >More
 Madison Believers: First Congregational Church practices liberal Christianity with an open door to the LGBT community

I've always wanted to attend a United Church of Christ service, after hearing from friends about what a progressive, open-minded denomination it is. But I didn't expect to find such a dynamic gathering place of the religious left at First Congregational Church, housed in a towering red brick monument on the edge of the UW campus at Breese Terrace and University Avenue. >More
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