We know that journalism can impact attitudes and action. But it's rare to get concrete proof of that, as I did recently after publishing a blog post about the anti-Semitic content of traditional Good Friday performances of Passion plays and Passion musical compositions, many dating back to the Middle Ages.
I don't love why Planned Parenthood exists. I don't love that too many states allow legislators to restrict women's health. What I love is the dedicated staff of people who are doing the ministry of caring for people. "Care. No matter what." Those are words to live by. As a Christian, I say it proudly: I love Planned Parenthood.
Jesus' crucifixion, His death, the excruciatingly long Saturday, His bodily resurrection and some unspecified moment of return all say "why would I follow Him?"
Our crew is heading home after two busy weeks of filming (first in Italy, then in Greece -- since Orthodox Easter was a week later than Western Christ...
Just before midnight on Easter Saturday, Nafplio's main square fills with people. The bishop gives a blessing and declares that Christ is risen. Then the candlelight (which came to Nafplio from Jerusalem via Athens, as it does each Easter) is brought out and sparks a sea of flickering flames, as it spreads from candle to candle.
Given this horrible history, it's no surprise that for centuries Easter posed great danger for Jews. Good Friday church services have traditionally included passion plays that reenact the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.
Celebrating Easter in Greece is an unforgettable experience. On Good Friday evening in Nafplio, it seems the entire town turns out for what is essen...
Here are a few more photos from my recent TV shoot in Greece -- one of several countries included in my upcoming Rick Steves' European Easter public t...
In one sense we are a dying white congregation with shrinking attendance, fewer people to serve on committees, nostalgic sentiments and the kind of sadness that comes when once active members are no longer around. In another sense, we are vital in our impact in the community.
In the Greek Orthodox tradition, the events of Good Friday begin late Thursday night, and proceed step by step with elaborate rituals and incense-fill...
Children in their Sunday best were clutching on beautifully intertwined palm arrangements as they packed into the church compound that also includes the Ahliya School.
We took our kids to Europe every year for about 20 years. I didn't realize Andy was paying much attention.
Yet, while we gladly celebrate the Lord's Resurrection as the reality of life and hope, all around us in the world, we can hear the cries and threats of death launched in many parts of the planet by those who believe that they can resolve human conflicts by destroying their enemies, which in itself constitutes the greatest proof of their weakness.
The supremely delightful Alex Da Corte's Die Hexe (The Witch) at Luxembourg and Dayan Gallery is surely the most engaging exhibition to emerge on the Upper East Side or anywhere in Manhattan in quite a while. It is not too late to scoop this last Easter Egg out of the basket.
I've been on a bit of a rant for the past month here at "I'm With Stupid," and I think maybe it's not the best thing for my blood pressure. Thus, I've decided to take a week off from ranting to focus on more positive things.
On Good Friday at the village church in Cantiano, we were so impressed with the choir's performance.