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Psalms

Being Quiet In A Clamoring World

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

Let's rethink our schedules and build some quiet zones into our daily dockets. Power down the clamor. Say no to noise, at least for a few minutes each morning. It may not pull the plug on the blender, but we'll undoubtedly go into each new day feeling juiced.

Recovering Green Pastures, Rediscovering Psalm 23

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

The forfeiture of Psalm 23 and the Bible's other classic passages represents a tragic loss of grasslands. When we plow up green meadows, we squander spiritual nourishment. Relinquishing still waters brings moral drought.

Music With Political Messages More Influential Than Political Punditry

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 02.12.2013 | Arts
DeeDee Garcia Blase

How is it that a John Lennon or Marvin Gaye song has everlasting global and sustaining reach when they sing of peace or war? Why is a lyricist/musician more influential than a political pundit?

The Sounds of Wayne LaPierre's Silence

Rabbi Jennifer Krause | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Rabbi Jennifer Krause

Let us arm our schools and our children with the power of knowledge, not an ever-present display of firepower. For the sake of our brothers and friends, let our young people--our future--begin and end each school day not with weapons, but, with the words of the Psalmist: "Peace be with you."

Thanksgiving Riff: A Call Or Call It Prayer

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

There is something sacred in the business of giving thanks: it honors relationships, admits some humility and brings joy. Sweet, holy joy to the thank-er most of all.

Is Praying For The Peace Of Jerusalem A Waste Of Time?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

I know some people say peace in the Middle East is impossible and prayer is a waste of time. Those are not my beliefs. May the vision of peace it represents for all people be realized soon.

The Storm Is Passing Over

Rev. Adriene Thorne | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Adriene Thorne

Some of us may not find our faith again -- not for a time. But Sunday will come just as sure as hurricane season, and people will need to gather and sing and pray. They will need to hold on to something real and stable and strong.

A Wing and a Prayer

Irene Tanner | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Irene Tanner

During the storm and in the wake of devastation, safe and secure in my apartment, which blessedly retained its electricity, the WWII anthem "Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer" (Harold Adamson and Jimmie McHugh) entered my consciousness, a reminder of those war-torn days.

Tending The Fire Of Spiritual Practice

Rabbi Yael Levy | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Levy

This is a fire of devotion, connection, awareness. The flames bring light that helps us see where we are and who we are meant to be. We tend this fire through practice, through mitzvot: acts of connection and love.

Remembering A Great Warrior On Shavuot

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

This year, Memorial Day poses an interesting conflict with the Jewish calendar as it overlaps directly with the holiday of Shavuot. The coincidence is not without some significance.

Omer Day 40: The Presence Within Connection

Rabbi Yael Levy | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Levy

The wellspring rising from deep within the Mystery. The rock that supports, sustains and brings forth our lives.

The Power Of Music: Holiness Hitches A Ride

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

I feel bad for the psalms. Their music, the tunes supposed to accompany them, has been lost to us. Though you may call me sacrilegious, I do not believe that they alone possess sanctifying power.

Psalm 1: Putting Evil In Its Place

Amy Erickson | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion
Amy Erickson

Psalm 1 is trying to provide practical advice about how to be "good" even when it feels like evil is closing in you. Stay on the right path and resist the dark side. For those in Sing Sing prison, that is a lot harder than it looks.

Chicken-Hearted Bullies And Lionhearted Girls

Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 06.23.2012 | Religion
Peter Baldwin Panagore

In a town far away, in a town anywhere, out on a rural road. This story is true, and stories like it occur every day.

Annie Dillard, Wheel Of Fortune And Good Friday

Lisa Hickman | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

Good Friday is a day that leaves us spinning with questions about the nature of God. Is God's hand in this? Or does this crazy world spin accidentally? How do we know?

Spirituality With Religion: To Be Still And To Know

Amy Julia Becker | Posted 05.19.2012 | Religion
Amy Julia Becker

In the words of the Psalm, knowing God is the fence, the protective barrier, that allows us to be still.

Bad News Psalms

David Van Biema | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
David Van Biema

It's been a bad few weeks for Psalms in the news. Some perfectly good verses got dropped from a 35-year airline promotion, and a disturbing verse achieved a new prominence. Both are part of the same melancholy trend: the death of civil religion.

"The Lord is My Shepherd" Blues

Susan Orlins | Posted 07.16.2011 | Comedy
Susan Orlins

I'm a pretty high-functioning agnostic in that I do ask God for things. But I find the Twenty-third Psalm unsettling. When I think of dwelling in the House of the Lord, I envision the dark mansion from Beauty and the Beast but without Mrs. Potts, the singing teapot.

Praying The Most Difficult Psalms

John Backman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Backman

The Book of Psalms includes some horrifying sentiments. How do we who love the psalms -- and hear the voice of God in them -- deal with this?

Who Does God Like To Hang Out With? Psalm 15 Sheds Some Light

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

The psalmist struggled with this question: Who is worthy of membership in God's "club"?

Echoes of the Bible: Obama's Notre Dame Address

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

It's important to remember your audience, and Obama clearly did at Notre Dame. Here are eight key lines from Obama's address and the biblical passages they reference.