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Back to the Garden, and Forward (Parshat Bereishit, Genesis 1:1-1:8)

Rabbi Arthur Green | Posted 10.08.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Green

The holiday season has come and gone. Moses has ascended Mount Nebo, looked across the Jordan, and suddenly the world is created all over again. Here we are, back at Genesis 1:1, "in the beginning."

Pope Francis's Hollow Rhetoric On Place of LGBTQ People in the Church

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.09.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Rather than requiring women to ask it for forgiveness, the Vatican needs, instead, to ask those of us whom it has repressed and oppressed for forgiveness of its sins throughout its existence.

Pope Francis US Visit: Love and Joy Trump Rules (Mark 10: 2-18)

Sr. Simone Campbell | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Sr. Simone Campbell

Pope Francis, like Jesus, responds to the children. Pope Francis literally lit up every time he was in proximity to children. One story really touched my heart. I talked with Seanta who was visiting Philadelphia from South Carolina for the meeting on the family.

14 Comforting Verses To Help You You Through The Hard Times

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion

One of the most beautiful aspects of faith is its ability to give people a deep well of strength to sip from when they're sad, lonely, or discouraged....

Between Fragility and Protection (Chol haMoed Sukkot: Exodus 33:12-34:26)

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

My father-in-law was a warm-hearted man who took each day with good cheer and had a smile for everyone. The family therefore chose as the inscription on his grave, "Enjoy life for it is the gift of God."

Domestic Violence: Are the Children Safe? (Mark 10: 2-16)

Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery

There is brokenness -- broken bodies and relationships -- so it is of no surprise per se when we see Jesus and the Pharisees engage in a conversation about marriage and divorce, topics that may heighten our awareness of human brokenness in our society.

Commandments of Love

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

The Ten Commandments, given to Moses by God for the children of Israel to follow, are not primarily religious. Their concern is largely social, rooted in love, and all of them are relational in their thrust. Four Commandments address the human-divine relationship; six of them address human-to-human relationships.

Inhabiting Vulnerability (Parshat Ha'azinu, Deuteronomy 32:1-52)

Rabbi Adina Allen | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Adina Allen

This week's Torah reading, Parshat Ha'azinu, ends with this devastating reminder to Moses that despite having led the people out of Egypt and through the trials and tribulations of wilderness for 40 years, he will not be allowed to enter the Promised Land.

Pope Francis Visits US: Greed Is Your Fatal Flaw (Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22)

Amy Erickson | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Amy Erickson

During his visit to Bolivia in July, the Pope addressed an audience of farmers, trash-pickers, craftspeople, and un-unionized workers. He expressed his compassion for the poor and the marginalized and advocated passionately for them, but he did not stop there.

The Beautiful Red Type That Captured My Heart

Catherine Nagle | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

I am an avid reader of most everything spiritual in search for a clearer message for the broken-hearted, including my own. My intentions are dev...

Write Your Own Song (Parshat Vayelech 31:1-30)

Rabbi Minna Bromberg | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Minna Bromberg

As we prepare for Yom Kippur we can take seriously the mitzvah of writing our own Torah, our own song. We can reconstitute the many words on the page with the breath of our lungs, the deepest stories of our hearts, and the truest actions of our lives.

Syrian Refugee Crisis: Our Chance to See God (Mark 9:30-37)

Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson | Posted 09.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson

Because of the extreme anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment so pervasive in today's media, we must think not only about a governmental immigration policy, we must also think about and pray for a spiritual principle of welcome.

Free Speech: A License to Destroy or a Responsibility to Build Up (James 3:1-12)

Walter Brueggemann | Posted 09.10.2015 | Religion
Walter Brueggemann

Many countries in the global community do not have the right to free speech. In the US, our right to speak out is protected under the constitution. How well do we live up to the responsibility granted with that freedom?

Communal Return and Personal Renaissance: What Forgiveness Makes Possible (Parshat Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20)

Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi | Posted 09.09.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi

The promise of profound renewal during the upcoming High Holy Days is tremendous, but whether or not we will merit the fulfillment of that promise depends largely upon us.

The 'Set of the Sail'

Debbie Davis | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion
Debbie Davis

I remember several years ago I asked my Bible Study teacher "please explain The Holy Spirit to me as best you can." She pointed me in the direction of the Book of Acts in the Bible, which I read and she said "The Holy Spirit is the voice that talks within you, our Counselor and our Comforter.

Eternally Immigrants (Parshat Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

The Torah takes a radical stand on immigration -- and compels us to take a radical stand as well. We cannot simply judge immigrants. We must in a sense become them for a moment, through ritual practice, so that we can more fully feel their pain.

Ashley Madison And The Clergy

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 08.29.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Church leaders need to be able to admit that we are not perfect people and that our lives are a journey and that none of us has reached perfection. We need to be humble and to embrace our flawed humanity as we seek through our faith and experience to better ourselves.

Telling Stories of Trauma for Healing and Compassion (Parshat Ki Tetzei, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)

Adam Lavitt | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion
Adam Lavitt

In the biblical text, Moses must become a storyteller. In this week's parashah, Ki Tetzei, he stands at the edge of the desert and faces the Israelite people, who gaze over his shoulder toward the promised land.

5 Scriptures That Should End Donald Trump's Presidential Campaign

Ryan Gear | Posted 08.20.2015 | Religion
Ryan Gear

While I support regulated borders and a sensible and compassionate immigration policy, one of the most often repeated values in Scripture is offering hospitality to the stranger. Even dedicated people of faith may be surprised to know how forcefully the biblical authors spoke out on the issue of immigration.

Seeing Past, Present and Future On the Road to Justice (Parashat Re'eh, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)

Rabbi Daniel Klein | Posted 08.10.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Klein

See, look, pay attention, the Torah commands us, because actually seeing is hard and complicated, and requires extraordinary effort to battle both external and internal distractions.

While Standing On One Foot: A Compassion Practice

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld | Posted 08.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Stand on one foot, and recite the words: "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow." Lean on something or someone if you need to. Do it alone or with other people. Say it in whatever language you want -- whatever language speaks to your heart.

A Purpose-Driven Tribe (Parshat Ekev, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)

Rabbi David Jaffe | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi David Jaffe

When we act alone, a purpose-driven Jewish life can lend itself to individualism. When all I care about is how well I am living my purpose, I may see other people as an obstacle to self-fulfillment.

Marriage Equality: Monogamy and Metaphor (Parshat Va'etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11)

Rabbi Naamah Kelman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Naamah Kelman

The Hebrew Bible is not egalitarian or democratic in 21st-century terms. It is rife with violence, prejudice and patriarchy. And yet, we get glimpses, precious insights of what might be, what could be, as generations of living with biblical interpretation unfold.

Theological Track Standing: A User's Guide to Unity in Church and Society (Ephesians 4:1-16)

Jacob D. Myers | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Jacob D. Myers

The central point Paul wishes to drive home is that Christians ought to be a people of hope. It is to hope that God has called us (1:15). This hope does not rest upon human effort or actualization; rather, it is according to God's infinite mercy (2:8-10).

American Disability Act: Working Toward Welcome and Dignity for All

Lisa Cataldo | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion
Lisa Cataldo

The truth is that anyone who could be called "able-bodied" (or "able-minded") could at the next minute be not so. Our physical and mental abilities are extraordinarily fragile, and in every sense temporary.