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The God-Abusers and Adoption

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.23.2016 | Religion
Frank Ligtvoet

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain To be honest: I don't know God. And I don't know what He, if He is out there, wants from Ame...

Stumbling Into Easter: The Of-Courseness of God

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 03.28.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

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.

Why We Read from Isaiah On Yom Kippur

Ron Kronish | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Isaiah is just as relevant today as he was in his own time, in the 8th century BCE. His words of com fort and hope -- and his reminder that we need to put social justice at the heart of our Jewish lives-- are as vital and meaningful for contemporary Israeli society as they were in the past.

Managing the Potholes of Life

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.07.2014 | Good News
William B. Bradshaw

Last week when my wife and I were in the car, I was zigzagging down the road, having difficulty dodging all the potholes left over from winter, not ye...

MLK, Isaiah, Sinai and the Prophetic Voice Within Us

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This past Saturday, I was scheduled to lead Torah study in Mishkan Shalom. Actually, I don't "lead" it so much as I "weave" it, choosing the specific passage we read and then encouraging the participants to explore their own thoughts and feelings about it.

An Unexpected Servant: The Leadership of Pope Francis (Isaiah 49:1-7)

Lynn R. Huber | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion
Lynn R. Huber

This personal and institutional modesty appeals to many U.S. Catholics, especially those who had been put off by the seeming arrogance of the Vatican. Reflecting this change 88 percent of U.S. Catholics think Francis is doing a good job in his role as Pope.

Isaiah and the Politics of Utopian Thinking (Isaiah 11:1-10)

Brennan Breed | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Brennan Breed

Earlier this month -- just in time for the holidays -- an automatic cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) decreased food aid to 47 million Americans who struggle to afford food on a daily basis.

Can This World Be Saved? (Isaiah 2:1-5)

Bryan Bibb | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Bryan Bibb

Can this world be saved? The prophet encourages us to answer, 'Yes.' If we 'lay aside the works of darkness,' we will see that violence is a problem to be solved and not part of God's plan to destroy the world.

The Ballad of Sour Grapes

Rev. Dr. Gregory Lee Cuéllar | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Gregory Lee Cuéllar

Speaking to power through song was a common practice among the prophets of Israel. In Isaiah 5:1-5, the prophet who writes switches to the role of ballad-singer, introducing his listeners to a song titled "My Dearest Friend's Vineyard."

The Courts Failed Trayvon Martin: Can the Church Step Up?

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

As a minister, I want both reconciliation and justice. If you think there is no racism in this nation, you are willfully blind. If you believe there has been no progress towards racial justice, your eyes are not open.

Justice Not Triage: The Year Of The Protester

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

This corporate triage is what lies behind the arrogance of the 1 percent in their treatment of the 99 percent. The result of this triage is societal unrest, instability and an inevitable increase in violence, poverty, disease and war.

If You Take Our Money, Pay Us Fairly

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 01.18.2012 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

It's time for developers to adjust to paying workers a living wage as a condition of accepting taxpayer money for large-scale commercial development in the city.

WATCH: One-Armed Veteran Snags Foul Ball

Posted 08.27.2011 | Sports

Michael Kacer got a standing ovation after the wounded Afghanistan veteran caught a foul ball in his baseball cap at Yankee Stadium last week. Kace...

Isaiah's message for us this weekend

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Alan Elsner

This Shabbat, as part of the regular synagogue service, Jews hear a reading of first 27 verses of the Book of Isaiah. It's a prelude to the Ninth of A...

Bible Quotes on "Worldwide Intelligence Updates?"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Bush proved that the blurring of the line that separates Church and State is not only unconstitutional, it is also wholly dysfunctional.

Obama's Rhetorical Inspirations: Presidents, Poets, and Hobbits

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Here are the ten sources behind the most memorable lines of Obama's address.

Disavow, Renounce, Didn't Hear

Gershom Gorenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gershom Gorenberg

It's true that I've enjoyed some of his sermons, but I don't agree with the prophet Isaiah's political views. He doesn't speak for me. No way.