The United Nations Climate Summit begins this week, and many of the marchers who flooded the streets of downtown New York came representing a multitude of faith traditions.
Jewish New Year,
Adam And Eve,
Today is the Equinox! The Sun transits from Virgo into Libra, initiating Autumn (in the Northern hemisphere). You might not even know it, but most likely you felt it somewhere in your body, mind, and/or soul.
As I recited the final blessing my tears mixed with the living waters of the mikveh. I was overcome with the emotion of having reached this moment after months and months of anticipation, planning, and fear.
Only a deep and profound sanity will find and eliminate the causes of global warming, heal the earth, and create a truly sustainable security future.
Power Of Forgiving,
Fear Of Flying,
Rosh Hashanah Reflection,
Yom Kippur Reflection,
The month and days preceding the Jewish High Holidays are when we do what is called a heshbon nefesh: an accounting of the soul. We talk to the folks we may have had challenges with in the past year and we strive to make amends -- to ask for forgiveness.
In my family this week, thoughts are focussed on the use of power by authority figures, and how that leads to trust or to brokenness. Authorities can always wrap themselves in rules, or innuendos, or righteousness, and most people will support them without thinking
When pluralism is wrongly defined, nonsensical policies result. In the California State University system, for example, sororities and fraternities are explicitly exempted from gender discrimination in selecting leaders, while faith-based groups are not.
War and violence based on religious beliefs will not end until religions themselves agree and announce that God would never condone such behavior. Most of the world's religions can't do that, because most of the world's religions teach of a God who is angry, violent and retributive.
Mormon missionaries pay their own way (about $400 a month); get up at 6:30 every morning and go to bed at 10:30 every night; are allowed only two telephone calls home a year to family; write letters/emails home only once a week.. and much more!
We are not passive receptacles of ancient wisdom but active practitioners of faith in a world that seems to grow less certain and more hostile by the minute. Including millennials in a conversation about faith-based climate activism -- and any other spiritual and social topic for that matter -- is not only logical but necessary.
Conversion To Catholicism,
Yes, it's true. No, I'm not going through an early mid-life crisis. Yes, I've really thought about it. No, my values have not changed. Yes, I'm sure. This is how my end of the conversation goes when I tell my friends that I'm in the process of becoming Catholic.
In our efforts to defend the Bible, we have gone too far. While strenuously believing in the Bible, we have made ourselves incapable of reading what it actually says. We have domesticated God's revolutionary Word, turning it into a human-made idol.
As an evangelical, I believe that "I am my brother's and sister's keeper." That means that I have a moral responsibility to protect those closest to me, as well as my "neighbors" around the world.
Cultural conditions are ripe for connection to shmita, which relates to food, economic justice and personal, as well as environmental, restoration.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim,
Olav Fykse Tveit,
World Council Of Churches,
As we come down from the mountaintop, let us join in action and reflection. Without a sustainable planet, we stand without food or energy, as if we stood beside a burnt down house in the desert.
My journey with religion is really important to my journey to feminism, because if I had never had the courage to rebel and go against what I had been told, I probably would have never found feminism.
I believe that there are two strains within Scripture, an original egalitarianism that comes from Paul and Jesus, and a later attempt to squelch the social controversies that arose from that egalitarianism via the Nicene Council.
Jewish tradition states the world is being judged right now at this New Year. However presumptuous the claim, it's not a bad thing to have oversight.
Crimes Against Humanity,
Cause And Effect,
Conversations With God,
Finding Your Passion,
Purpose In Life,
Violence Against Women,
Humanity's Call on this life, is to get the whole place back to what it is meant to be! Where children are not suffering. Where people are being fed, and where we are all taking care of each and every person here on Earth.
Twelve Stones is not a story of how, through determination and sheer rigid will, Ms. Carole conquered Life and made it subservient to her. It's not a tale of self-actualization. Nor is it an example of spiritual mugging.