Virtually all that I thought I held dear, as the cornerstones that defined my life, were stripped. I will not deny it: The relentless culling often left me physically riveted in fear, broaching terror, paralyzed in my own mind and cast deep into an internal silence.
The war for same gender marriage has been won. I received the news today. I didn't read it in the newspaper, didn't see it on the news crawl at the bottom of the screen on CNN. I heard the announcement from a 17 year-old kid, out in the middle of the rural midwest.
Westminster Theological Seminary,
Would you be surprised to learn that a tenured professor of the Old Testament is the center of controversy at a Christian seminary? What if I said he's "retiring" by action of the school's board--another way of saying "terminated," according to a former department chair? No? I didn't think so.
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Islam In America,
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Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.
When I was a new retiree, I wrote about creating a life in context. By this I meant that I had to consider my life in a new way, as a person retired, a person formerly someone.
No one knows how the current war will play out. Even if Israel clears out every last Hamas tunnel, how long will it be before it is forced to back in to dismantle Hamas' rebuilt terror infrastructure?
Who can argue that greed and deceit has polluted the religions of the world? Islam is no exception. Because of their fear of losing power and control, Muslim leaders have shown shameful complacency and duplicity.
Why has Israel built an unparalleled army? Because without such an army, it would have been wiped out. Why do AIPAC and such organizations have such influence? Because there is a much bigger lobby, the lobby of historic antisemitism, that has existed for ages.
The very act of open criticism is a major and necessary step in transforming the intractability of this conflict and the entrenchment of the Israeli occupation.
Generally speaking, Asians and Jews have a lot in common: a strong sense of family and culture, priorities on education and success and troubled wartime histories. And let's be honest, a Korean mother is basically a Jewish mother with a stronger accent.
We are very good about passing along information that inflames our passions of outrage. Can we be as good about passing along an invitation to share A Moment of Peace?
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I'd welcome an alien in my church pew any Sunday, as an astrobiologist who is also a pastor. However, none have shown up as yet.
In this broken city teeming with hurt and frustration a looming tragedy approaches. This tragedy is not new; we have seen it before and will most assuredly will again.
This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School. GRACE acronates "Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment." Its story is well told in Kathryn Joyce's "By Grace Alone,"...
While the idea of "freeing" individuals from homosexuality is offensive to many, this work is happening overseas in the name of Cru.
Last night I lost it. It's been a long time since I felt helpless, panicked, visceral fear. The war, in an instant of a second, became personal and tangible and even more horrifying and terrifying.
A few days ago I downloaded the "Code Red" app to my phone that Israelis use to follow the thousands of rockets being launched over the border from Gaza. Over the course of thirty minutes the phone sounded more than 10 times.
My entering the room of a dying 30-, 60- or 80-year-old to offer prayer exists amid the backdrop of torrential violence and global conflict.
I've found, as a rabbi in a progressive American Jewish community, that our willingness to see the humanity in the face of "the other" far surpasses our historical willingness to see our own family's faces in the same way.