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Daily Meditation: Night

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Scared Cop Inside of Me: Reflections on Ferguson

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

We all have a little bit of Officer Darren Wilson inside of us. We all own a piece of that scared cop every time we act on our assumptions and generalizations about the people we encounter in our lives. We all are in need of a cleaner heart.

Many Gifts, Same Spirit: Celebrating Pride in Our Diversity Together

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

LA Pride Eucharist, celebrated to kick off LA Pride this weekend, expresses faith in the right all LGBTQIIAA people have to worship as we feel led, without anyone deciding for us whether or not we can be included or what kind of spirituality we can embrace.

5 Flights of Fancy I'd Rather Not: On a Wing and a Prayer On the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.14.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

There are flights, many hours long, that pass in a daze as you slip into and out of somnolence, or get engrossed in a film or book. Then there are tho...

The New Mongrels: A Resurrection of an Old Idea

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

The New Mongrels, a collective musical society, have a long history that goes back to the Civil War. As the story goes, a soldier named Henry Brooke who came back from the bloody war shell-shocked and deaf in one ear had an idea.

Who Reads the Bible -- and Why

David Briggs | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

About half of Americans read the Bible on their own, and four in five people who read it as part of their personal lives open it at least once a month.

S. O. S.

Ron Nikkel | Posted 03.22.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Ron Nikkel

Help, I need somebody Help, not just anybody Help, you know I need someone, help But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured Now I find I've ...

Happy Are Those Whose Help Is the God of Jesse (Psalm 146:5-10)

Lisa Hickman | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

I'm writing Jesse's words into the margins of my Bible next to Psalm 146. His words are an invitation to live differently than the way our culture pushes us to exist. His words make sense when I read them alongside this ancient text of Psalm 146.

A Walkabout Psalm

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

What if I took a psalm a day, read it, took a walk, and returned to my desk with jot-able thoughts?

U2, UR Marriage and Yom Kippur. What Is Common?

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Amy Elias, MS

The threshold between love and marriage, The Ten Days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, creates a rich and relevant context to re-look into our lives.

What Do You Really Really Want This Rosh Hashanah?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

My son Jacob has been playing the Spice Girls 1996 hit "Wannabe" a lot lately. In a flash, the connection between the song and preparation for Rosh Hashanah came to me a few nights ago.

Jewish Self-Styled Prophet 'Pirate' and Pornographer Brought Ulysses to America

Dennis Miller | Posted 10.30.2013 | Books
Dennis Miller

The man who introduced to America two of the early 20th century's most sexually explicit, ground-breaking books was a Jewish poet, pirate and a pornographer.

Is It Okay to Pray for the Same Thing Over and Over Again?

Rick Hamlin | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

There are two parables in the gospel of Luke that seem to be about praying for the same thing, examples of people importuning God until he finally gives up and just does what they ask.

Invoking God's Great Name

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

We praise you, God, for providing a world in which the only true hierarchy begins with you and immediately ends, equally, with each one of us. In here, out there, everywhere.

After The Jelly Beans Are All Gone Comes Pentecost

Jack Levison | Posted 07.18.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

It's official: the end of the Easter season. Pretty soon, in fact, the church will settle in for a long summer of what it calls ordinary time. But not yet.

Give The News Back To God

Rick Hamlin | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

The world is full of heartache, sorrow, disasters, anxiety, tragedies in-the-making, bad news both big and small. I'm just as happy as anyone to log on to one news site after another, but if it starts pulling me down, if it makes me angry, I do just what Dad did: give it back to God.

To Sing Is To Pray

Rick Hamlin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

Someday I might lose my chops; I fear a wobble has entered my voice already, a vibrato big enough to drive a truck through. But I will sing, sing at the top of my lungs until I can't anymore, I will sing with my last breath. It's all prayer.

Psalm 46 And The Boston Marathon

Rob Lee | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Rob Lee

The Psalmist doesn't offer explanations to the tragedies in our world, but the writer offers the presence of a living and loving God.

Hope, Not Fear At Passover: The Blessings Of An Open Door

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

During the Passover Seder many have the tradition to rise from the table and open the door for the Prophet Elijah to come. This year's celebration brings with it an extra reminder of how much we should not take for granted the blessing of being able to open our door in hope and not fear.

Being Quiet In A Clamoring World

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

Let's rethink our schedules and build some quiet zones into our daily dockets. Power down the clamor. Say no to noise, at least for a few minutes each morning. It may not pull the plug on the blender, but we'll undoubtedly go into each new day feeling juiced.

Recovering Green Pastures, Rediscovering Psalm 23

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

The forfeiture of Psalm 23 and the Bible's other classic passages represents a tragic loss of grasslands. When we plow up green meadows, we squander spiritual nourishment. Relinquishing still waters brings moral drought.

Music With Political Messages More Influential Than Political Punditry

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 02.12.2013 | Arts
DeeDee Garcia Blase

How is it that a John Lennon or Marvin Gaye song has everlasting global and sustaining reach when they sing of peace or war? Why is a lyricist/musician more influential than a political pundit?

The Sounds of Wayne LaPierre's Silence

Rabbi Jennifer Krause | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Rabbi Jennifer Krause

Let us arm our schools and our children with the power of knowledge, not an ever-present display of firepower. For the sake of our brothers and friends, let our young people--our future--begin and end each school day not with weapons, but, with the words of the Psalmist: "Peace be with you."

Thanksgiving Riff: A Call Or Call It Prayer

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

There is something sacred in the business of giving thanks: it honors relationships, admits some humility and brings joy. Sweet, holy joy to the thank-er most of all.

Is Praying For The Peace Of Jerusalem A Waste Of Time?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

I know some people say peace in the Middle East is impossible and prayer is a waste of time. Those are not my beliefs. May the vision of peace it represents for all people be realized soon.