Something special happens to Churches in Israel on Christmas eve. They fill up. Unexpectedly, and in strong contrast to the various expressions of religious tension, a moment of interfaith engagement takes place every year on Christmas eve in Israel's churches.
ISIS is a tragic foil. Despite its presumptuous claim to a "new caliphate," the group -- by punishing trifling deviation from its narrow Sunnism, by elevating theocracy over free thought -- exemplifies a mentality opposite that which fueled the caliphates of Islam's golden age.
Even Protestants are Catholic on Christmas. Catholic means universal. We all should be universally awaiting and celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior together.
Examining the past history of spiritual abuse can provide a framework in understanding other exploitations of religious and political power today. The current threat of ISIS and radical Islam poses some similarities to the abuse of power demonstrated by the leadership of the Catholic Church.
In a much-watched case, a court in Massachusetts has dealt a significant blow to institutions claiming the right to discriminate against people whose identities or behaviors they find objectionable.
In my eyes, few messages are as important as human universality and the contribution that Jewish thinking has made to that concept. And few are as pregnant with implications for the ideological standoff in which we find ourselves today.
What much research proposes, and history also teaches, is that democracy flourishes when we start with the idea that all people are created equal, and endowed with certain inalienable rights.
These people, my classmates, are some of the most ridiculously talented people I have ever met--and I mean ridiculously talented. And it seems they almost always have something in common: drinking.
This week Catholics throughout the world begin the celebration of an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis declared this Jubilee to remind...
Pope Francis quietly sent along shoes of his own to Paris, proceeding to not-so-quietly warn world leaders against another tepid take to global warming. "We are at the limits of suicide" he affirms firmly; "It's now or never".
Despite much opposition, trans people are increasingly being welcomed within our churches. And not just welcomed, but asked to take a lead; that is accepted and authorized as ministers, pastors, priests -- as those entrusted to teach and lead and guide and care.
We have become the golden calf. Gilded in likes, favorites, shares, and retweets. Periscoping our every moment while perched on a towering pedestal of selfies. All of it new-century building blocks of ego and validation.
A closet is too small for any community or meaningful conversation--whether ordained or not. And, a spotlight is needed to illuminate and call forth more proactive leadership from those who are expected to lead with and for us, the Roman Catholic bishops of the United States.
Another major contender for an Oscar trips on the way to the awards over allegations that the roles and words of real people were mangled by the filmm...
We often think of life as what we see and think and hear, but what does it all mean without words? We construct our social reality with language, and language in turn creates its own reality.
Late at night in my bunk bed while I immersed myself into those ghost stories, I was secretly jealous of the characters that were alive. They had the chance to see an actual ghost, something that was definitely on my very short bucket list by the age of 10.