A recent conversation with a woman at Starbucks reminds me of the laughter, the joy and, indeed, the hope that can be experienced when we are caught by surprise.
It's still dark when Mary ventures out to find the tomb. The graveyards around Jerusalem don't have much greenery today. The earth is mostly rock and stone, and it is far from easy to make a place to secure a body.
The deaths of unarmed black individuals at the hands of law enforcement and the shootings of members of law enforcement has forced America to take a deeper look at the legacy of our problematic racial history.
So yes, let us confront and debate the path to reformation. As the Qur'an teaches, "Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in a way that is best."
Although he has seemed a bit out of step since his sponsor, Benedict, was replaced by the more humble Francis I, Dolan has insisted that he has made no effort to change his style or practice.
People ask me, "What was your thought process in deciding to officiate at the wedding of a same-sex couple?" My amused answer: "I didn't have a thought process. I just said 'yes' to the invitation."
Experiencing grief-as many of us have from the Sassoon tragedy- means understanding that there is something larger than our rational minds, understanding that God's sheet music looks entirely different than ours and whose 'building code' will never make sense to us as long as we are corporeal beings; and it means that we can live more fully if we can accept this.
Krista Tippett reflects on the role of pain in the human journey.
Pope Francis' decision to send Juan Barros, a bishop for 11 years who served as a military chaplain, to the southern Chilean city of Osorno has ignited new media coverage on Rev. Fernando Karadima, 84, a notorious pedophile in Chile who was ousted by the Vatican four years ago, and who Barros used to share a close connection with.
The state of Indiana just signed into law a bill that permits business owners to refuse service to gay customers on religious grounds. This is a despicable law. But it is also an opportunity.
We have a sacred duty to protect life. By educating ourselves, and protecting our families and communities with diligence in these and other safety issues, we are fulfilling that mitzvah.
To believe in the existence of God is to believe in a higher power and an intelligence higher than one's own. To choose to disbelieve in the existence of God is to believe also; it is to believe there is no living higher power, nor living intelligence higher than that of the human.
The Pope has retold the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4) to illustrate the human propensity to shirk responsibility for other people. The question "Am I my brother's keeper?" must be asked about climate refugees as they try to find a place to lay their heads.
Uganda Gay Rights,
Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination policies for LGBT people.
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.
Lost in this procession is one of the events of Holy Week that is most relevant to our modern age: the trial of Jesus and the role of the zealous prosecutor, Caiaphas, who pushed for his death.
It has been a good while since the PCUSA has led our country by our witness to justice, love in action.
During this sacred Passover/Easter celebratory time, let's remind ourselves that we are called to respect one another in peace and unity. Let's embrace these values of respect, peace and unity beginning within ourselves, radiating out to all.
It's Seder time again. If you don't celebrate Passover, you can substitute the details of your traditional holiday gathering. I'm sure many of you share my love/hate relationship with preparing the big family meal to celebrate something.
We are a stronger country when religious organizations of all faiths live up to our values--when we are welcoming, diverse, moral, and respect one another.