A common debate among people in modern times, especially among westerners, is that Buddhism is not a religion -- but a philosophy or way of life. This of course, is something people are divided on and really depends on various technicalities in how one defines religion.
Those of us who are privileged to follow Jesus must be the ones standing in the face of Trump and all his hate. We are to fight bigotry at every turn -- not just within the church but out in the world.
We are a nation of tolerance and freedom, not of oppression and tyranny. It's incumbent upon us to educate ourselves about what we don't know, rather than listen to people who propagate hate and fear.
Religion And Politics,
Take My Religion,
They say you shouldn't talk about politics or religion in polite circles. I guess I'm not polite because I'm about to launch into both of those, mostly because it's almost impossible to talk about one without the other nowadays. They go together like love and marriage.
From Cro-Magnon Woman: You always hear about Cro-Magnon Man, and I just want everyone to know there were women too amongst us Cromies. All of us Cro-Magnons, the men, the women, and the children, are here in hell. Not a one made it elsewhere. When I say...
The mainstream media appears to have a love affair with Hale, a twenty-something Catholic man who has decided that he speaks not only for all Catholic millennials, but for all Catholics.
What started as a depressing episode of Warner's visit to North Carolina turned into a rallying call for a movement against all forms of bigotry and oppression. People from different backgrounds and separated in geography, united to fight anti-Muslim bigotry and intertwine this campaign with other social justice movements.
Donald Trump and his reckless refusal to disavow using nuclear weapons is a threat to all life on earth. It's that simple. Ask yourself, would there be any more Memorial Days if no one is left to mourn? No.
X-Men: Apocalypse came out this week just as Captain America: Civil War is leaving the theaters, and both share the basic premise that the good gods may come into conflict with each other. This is a feature of polytheism that we sometimes forget about: the gods and goddesses, venerable, just,...
Syria Civil War,
WorldPost Middle East,
World Humanitarian Conference,
This week, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, incinerated and vaporized by American nuclear bombs 71 years ago. For the U.S., as with Japan's own wartime atrocities that still deeply rankle the emotions of its Asian neighbors, the profound apology that matters is not about the past but the future. It is about taking convincing actions today that ensure what happened in the past never happens again. That future-oriented apology remains lacking all around. (continued)
In Judaism, one of our most important mitzvot (commandments) is what is known in Hebrew as chesed shel emet. Loosely translated as dignity for the deceased, we Jews believe that every human being deserves to be buried back in the earth with respect and honor. In my twelve years as...
We could cynically point to hypocrisy. Certainly that's there. But I think the underlying belief system that allows a Christian university to overlook sexual violence is a kind of misogyny related to particular conservative Christian convictions about women, gender, and sexuality.
Each year I find myself coming to the same conclusion amidst the paradox of protest and celebration, joy and sorrow, and loss and love. I do my best to remember the holiday for what it really is.
Sometimes we get our eyes off of what really should be the focus, don't we? We allow the enemy to distract us, to bombard us with chaos, steal our joy, and cause us to doubt what's going on behind the scenes.
If you want to try to make the argument that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are essentially the same, go ahead ... I guess. But just remember the faces of those you're going to have to convince.
If I had been a Christian, I would be a preacher, she said to me. You are - you have found your way! I replied. Valarie Kaur is easily one of the best speakers I have ever heard, and I am a preacher. With great care, Valarie called and emailed...
"A College of Divines" Address to the Class of 2016 in Harvard College at Senior Chapel on the morning of Commencement Like it or not, here you are! I don't actually mean so much the verge of ceremonially attaining your...
There are texts in the Bible that make much more sense if we apply the principle of repeated lives. I know that many people find the concept of repeated lives on earth difficult to understand. We can bounce around with reactions or we can embrace our experiences.
Pastors cannot agree to meet the needs and whims of their congregation. We're not allowed to comply to their wishes, if their wishes require a superstar pastor who keeps the church upwardly mobile. This life, however, is not healthy for the pastor.
We are followers of Someone who is far from ordinary. May our ordinary season count the ways we can become better followers, better friends, and better citizens of this world and the next.