For many folks, Easter marks the unofficial beginning of spring, a day for decorating and hunting for eggs, and baskets of chocolate goodies being delivered by the Easter Bunny himself.
So, after Easter, if we would speak of making our community "great again," we must come to terms with the politics of Easter: to be great requires a deep and liberating humility, a mercy and quiet persistence in meeting others in their distress, an allowance for others to speak and to be heard, a universal proclamation of the goodness of all human beings.
There are those who claim that their intolerance, their bigotry, their hatred, even their violence is somehow justified by their Christian faith. You can call it many things when neighbor rises against neighbor in fear, hatred and violence, but you can't call it "Christian."
Easter has arrived and the long journey of Lent is over. At church on Sunday, Pastor Dave proclaimed, "Christ has Risen." The congregations responded ...
This morning I woke up feeling fractured and fragile due to a loss of heart-wrenching proportions, which added to my already bottomless pit of sadness at being left once again -- as Gilbert O'Sullivan sang: "Alone Again, Naturally."
Jesus' death reminds us that, while death is dreadful and a real ground for fear, there are worse things than death. Turning away from a life of meaning, mission and vision, or seeking to prolong life with so much zeal that the life one lives becomes a torment, would all be examples of that.
In a thoughtful interview with Sam Mowe, The Sixth Extinction's Pulizer-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert responds to a question about spirituality. She speaks of spirituality in a broad sense, as meaning thoughtfulness and restraint.
To take liberties and forget others' approval. To indulge all those who don't know this. Simply, to put things into perspective. Many annoyances lose their weight in front of the fact that our stay on earth has an expiry date.
For most of my adult life I haven't been so sure about God. That such a mighty and glorious thing could exist seems far-fetched. And the Easter news -- of the Resurrection -- has seemed way too good to be true.
Life is a never-ending spiral. We need to surrender to its flow as we walk through shadows and Light, falling and rising. Without the shadows, we aren't able to truly experience the Light; without the falling, we won't appreciate the rising.
The Easter Eggs of 1973 didn't turn out as well as the ones this year. We had just gotten our first microwave oven...it was huge, you could roast a turkey in it!
"No matter what else you were doing before you came here," Abel told us, "this week you were following in the footsteps of Jesus."
There are two sides to every coin when it comes to holidays in the West. Let's take Christmas and Easter as examples.
Everyone knows about Easter. Jelly beans, colored eggs, and dress clothes. Big dinners. And the whole religious thing. What else is there to know?
Although these verses are found in the Gospel of John, one of our latest gospels, this little fragment of tradition stands alone and unique.
Late in the night, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene heard the news coming from North Carolina. Late in the night, a sweeping anti-LGBT bill overturned local ordinances protecting gay and transgender people.