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The Conversation is a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary.

How reciting the Pledge of Allegiance became a sacred, patriotic ritual

Delve into the rich history and traditions of flag day and the pledge of allegiance and their roles in American history.

Navigating Schism Over LGBTQ+ Rights: UMC at a Crossroads at General Conference

The United Methodist Church’s General Conference began Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, and goes through May 4. Many believe this conference will finalize the UMC's final decision on whether to expand or limit LGBTQ+ rights within the whole denomination, not just on a church-by-church basis.

The Ease of AI Making Decisions for Us Risks Losing the Skills to Do that Ourselves

In a world where what and how people think is already under siege thanks to the algorithms of social media, we risk putting ourselves in an even more perilous position if we allow AI to reach a level of sophistication where it can make all kinds of decisions on our behalf.

Scorsese’s Gods of the Streets Are Rarely Far Off in His Films

Martin Scorsese stands in a long line of Catholic American filmmakers, stretching back to the 1930s and 1940s. At a time when Catholicism still seemed foreign to many Americans, those directors helped normalize the faith, making it seem like part of a shared American story.

Lent Is Here. Remind Me What It’s All About?

Lent is the 40-day period leads up to Holy Week. Some of the most sacred days in the church calendar happen during this time – including Easter, which commemorates Christians’ central belief that Jesus was crucified and buried before rising from the dead.

Celebrating Yule: The Pagan Holiday Marking the Return of Light

Yule will be celebrated by Wiccans and many other Pagans in the Northern Hemisphere on Dec. 21, the day of the winter solstice. For Pagans, the shortest day of the year marks the end of the descent into darkness and the beginning of the return of the light.

UN Women, Caving to Pressure, Condemns Hamas

Bowing to weeks of mounting global pressure, UN Women released a statement “unequivocally” condemning “the brutal attacks by Hamas on Israel” and calling “for all accounts of gender-based violence to be duly investigated and prosecuted.”

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