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Exhaling Judgment: A Personal Journey Toward Radical Welcome (John 10:11-18)

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

I had the sense, as a child, that God's goodness and mercy would only follow me all of the days of my life if I was "good" and Christian. And I had the sense that good and Christian was a narrow way.

Leprosy's Haunting Relevance (Parshat Tazria-Metzora, Leviticus 12:1-15:33)

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

Even after we are healed, the experience of serious illness seriously transforms us, and the Torah's seemingly arcane rituals serve as a timeless reminder of the steps on that transforming journey.

Revisiting the Holy and the Ordinary (Parshat Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer

This week's Torah portion includes, in the words of anthropologist Mary Douglas, a "hoary old puzzle from biblical scholarship." As Douglas put it, "Why should some locusts, but not all, be unclean?

More Than the Eye Can See (Acts 3:12-19)

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 04.13.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

There was nothing spectacular or dazzling about Peter or John. They were common, first-century fishermen turned disciples. Nonetheless, what they gave to a man lame from the womb was beyond value or measure.

Getting Unstuck (Second Shabbat of Passover, April 11, 2015)

Rabbi David Jaffe | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Rabbi David Jaffe

Passover is the holiday of getting unstuck. The Israelites lived in slavery for hundreds of years in Egypt, completed dominated by Pharoah and his regime. But the message of the biblical Exodus is that what is, now, does not have to be what is in the future.

Sell All Your Possessions! (Acts 4:32-35)

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 04.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Inequality is a relentless blight. The hopelessness too often engendered when a lack of resources aligns with insufficient educational access, the easy prejudice of one's neighbors, and the ubiquity of oppression is dehumanizing and crushing.

Indiana and the Freedom of the Gospel

Greg Carey | Posted 04.06.2015 | Religion
Greg Carey

For Christians, the controversy raises a pressing question: Does religious liberty authorize Christians to exclude some fellow citizens from social goods because we disapprove of their behavior?

Behold, the Table Is Set (First Shabbat of Passover, April 4, 2015)

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin

It was not the assumption of different gender roles per se that I found disturbing. One could argue that such expectations were well-negotiated over centuries. It was the invisibility that irked, the taking-for-grantedness of the contribution of women to the sacred home enterprise.

Daring to Hope in the Stress of Uncertainty (Mark 16:1-8)

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Confidence and fear travel through our veins, compelling us, as they act out their odd, entangled relationship. We rarely have the luxury to see where our choices will lead us. We're swept along by others' choices and barely detectable forces.

Making Meaning of the Ashes in Our Lives (Parshat Tzav, Leviticus 6:1-8:36)

Rabbi Asher Lopatin | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Asher Lopatin

These ashes are much like the things in life that didn't work out the way we intended them, the fallout of the unsavory things we have done that we wish we would never do. Sometimes no one else sees these burnt pieces of our lives.

Stories and Letters From Prison (Philippians 2: 5-11)

Barbara Kay Lundblad | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion
Barbara Kay Lundblad

Perhaps we are looking for God in all the wrong places. In today's video, Sister Margaret goes to prison. She is not Jesus. She is not God. But she believes God is there in Ryker's Island, "home" to 1300 prisoners, half of them teenagers.

The Importance of 'Calling' (Parshat Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26/Shabbat haHodesh)

Rabbi Marc Baker | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Baker

We live in a busy, noisy world of multi-media overload, fast-paced online communication, and expectations of increased personal and professional productivity. Technology and social media have revolutionized how we communicate with and what we expect of one another.

Ferguson and Forgiveness (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

Walter Brueggemann | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Walter Brueggemann

Lent is a time for honesty that may disrupt the illusion of well-being that is fostered by the advocates of indulgent privilege and strident exceptionalism that disregards the facts on the ground.

Building Devotion (Parshat Vayakhel/Pekudei, Exodus 35:1-40:38)

Ariel Mayse | Posted 03.12.2015 | Religion
Ariel Mayse

Judaism is often described as a religion of law, an identity that it shares with Islam. But it is perhaps more accurate to consider Judaism as a religion defined by its commitment to embodied practice and experience.

Immigration: Journey to a New Life (Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22)

Lisa Hickman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

I'm giving up giving up for Lent. My Lenten discipline is solely this: to look to the north, the south, the east and the west and to remember the despair of my neighbor and carry the weight of that load on my shoulders.

More Than One Thing: Purim and Reflections of the Image of God (Parshat Ki Tissa, Exodus 30:11 - 34:35 ; Purim, March 4-5)

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld | Posted 03.04.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Megillat Esther, which we read on the holiday of Purim this week, is a flamboyant, even farcical tale of good and evil. Its characters on the face of it are caricatures of human virtue and vice: Achashueras the foolish king who sits on the throne but exercises no true leadership or authority.

The Sacrifice of Covenant Relationship (Exodus 20:1-17)

Kimberly D. Russaw | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion
Kimberly D. Russaw

On any given Saturday, people join Habitat for Humanity teams and commit to work to help eradicate poverty housing. The individual volunteers give of their time, energy and physical ability because they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

Remembering the Future: Memories of the Heart (Parashat Tetzaveh, Exodus 27:20-30:10/Shabbat Zachor)

Reb Mimi Feigelson | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion
Reb Mimi Feigelson

This Shabbat, the weekly Torah portion embraces the consecration of the priesthood to God, and the special designated Torah reading for the Shabbat prior to Purim, known as Shabbat Zachor, commands us to remember/not forget our encounter with Amalek, who sought to destroy us.

From Generation to Generation (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16)

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

What would happen this Lent if we reflected not just personally but corporately? Quickly, we'd be pushed to consider how our use of the earth's resources will make life exceedingly difficult for future generations.

Compulsory Love: What the Building of the Tabernacle Can Teach Us About Valentine's Day (Parshat Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19)

Rabbi Joshua Ratner | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Ratner

The main reason I resist it is that I reject the very premise of the holiday: choosing an arbitrary time for the compulsory enunciation and celebration of love. After all, do I love my spouse, my mother, and other family members any more on February 14 than I do the other days of the year?

ISIS, American Sniper, and Rainbows (Genesis 9:8-17)

Greg Carey | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
Greg Carey

Horrific as ISIS may be, it by no means stands outside the circle of humanity. It seems to have arisen and found nourishment out of countless factors, including the interventions of our own government. Violence has a way of pulling us all in. Somewhere the cycle has to end.

In Rejecting Measles Vaccination Are You Defying God's Will?

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

If one believes in the doctrine of creationism--that God created man--one should also embrace its corollary: that God's creation of humans includes the manifestation of human intelligence to improve life on this planet.

Is Law a Kind of Love? (Parshat Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1 - 24:18)

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 04.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

This week's Torah portion, Mishpatim, comes on the heels of the Ten Commandments and begins delving into more detailed prescriptions for our actions. In some cases, its behavioral requirements seem immediately accessible and relevant.

Forsaking the 'Whiteness' of the Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9)

Rev. Keith Anderson | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion
Rev. Keith Anderson

In a time when renewed engagement is desperately needed, it is difficult to have dialogue when a vast majority of whites cannot empathize with the experience of communities of color, or, in some cases, acknowledge that there is a problem at all.

Learning From the Friendly Outsider (Parshat Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23)

Rabbi Arthur Green | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Green

What I have to say next applies to both Jews and Muslims; I say it to both. You live inside a bigger world. Not everyone is your enemy. There are plenty of Midianites out there, outsiders to your particularity, who wish you well.