It's time to start making those struggling to meet basic needs more visible. Then maybe people might start to realize how well-off they are, and be willing to sacrifice a greater part of their discretionary income in taxes.
Our country is in the midst of a clash between two competing moral visions, between those who believe in the common good, and those who believe individual good is the only good. It's time our leaders in Washington listen to someone other then themselves.
I need to be reminded frequently that I am not "The God Whisperer." I do not bend God to my will. I am not the Alpha. I do not train God to follow my lead. And if I ever think I'm the Alpha, I've got it backward.
With marriage in the State of New York now available to all, this wedding season promises to be an especially busy one. Here are a few suggestions that all couples looking for a rabbi to officiate might want to consider.
Paisley drove me to Wesley. And Wesley helped me see the need to step out of my parochial, institutional concerns and broaden the definition of community to include everyone from the top to the bottom of the economic scale.
In my experience, interfaith work doesn't require that people check their convictions at the door, and if the only thing keeping atheists from participating is a semantic disagreement with the word "faith," I think that is a missed opportunity.