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Repentance

Arrested in Ferguson in an Act of Repentance

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Let me be as honest as I can be: If white Christians in America were more Christian than white, black parents could feel safer about their children. It's time for us white Christians to repent -- turn around and go in a new direction.

Plain Vanilla: Yom Kippur

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Just how sophisticated should our game plan be for Yom Kippur? ...

Lament and Confess: Forgive Us, Michael Brown

Rev. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Rev. Mae Elise Cannon

To lament and confess. To acknowledge the sin of racism that is alive in our country, and therefore in our churches, and to repent of the way that the sin of racism hinders our ability to live into the Kingdom of God.

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.

Trust: The Church and Facebook

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

You don't undo those things with better packaging, or a new release of an old product. You have to do the deep, soul-baring, painful work of repentance and asking forgiveness -- and do it without caring if this person ever comes to your church or not.

My Mother's Creed Was 'Create Beauty, Give Love, Find Peace'

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

(Right) Mom and Dad (Edith and Francis Schaeffer) in L'Abri 1972 "The very fabric of the universe is unknowable and stranger than we can imagine and ...

Donald Sterling: Facade, Fiction, and Forgiveness

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

Sterling's comments are not unlike Cliven Bundy's recent musings. Bundy, the Nevada rancher who owes more than a million dollars in federal grazing fees wondered aloud if blacks might have been better off as slaves "picking cotton and having a family life and doing things."

God's Way or the Highway

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Last week we worked our way through the main body of the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14). But then we came to the surprising finish. ...

Goodness Is Self-Forgetting

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.19.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

What's being asked of me is a journey. What might seem an impossible goal is, in fact, motivating.

How to Find God: The Five Ways

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

If you think of God as "up there, somewhere," and you as "down here on earth," that is to say, if you see God as separate from you -- then that is precisely why God cannot be found.

Dealing With Life's Leftovers

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.20.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

In times past, most people heated their houses using fireplaces, stoves and coal furnaces. Some people still do. It makes no difference which of these forms of heating one uses, there are always ashes or clinkers to get out of the house and hauled away without leaving a mess behind.

The Problem With Christians is That They Are People, and Sometimes People Suck

Angela Jamene | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

"I like Jesus, it's his followers I can't stand" That used to be a magnet on my refrigerator. I was 21 and had only read the bible enough to try to t...

Breaking Good: The Final Season of "Breaking Bad" and Walter's White's Struggle for Repentance

Avi Sinensky | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Avi Sinensky

To really understand Walter White, we have to go back as far as the pilot episode and maybe even a little bit more.

My Dear God, Make It Clean: Confession and Psalm 51

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

God can renew and refurbish our spirits, our hearts, our drive, our attitudes. God can give us a positive, willing, and steadfast spirit to live and learn from mistakes and to change direction. Yes, God can.

Writing the Next Act of Our Lives on Yom Kippur

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 09.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

On Yom Kippur, our day of renewal, our tradition provides us with stage directions and a powerful script. The day is further enriched by the improvisational theater that we provide ourselves.

'Charity Saves From Death': Yom Kippur

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

This is the best week of the year to give charity. You'll get back much more than you give.

A Reflection on the Yom Kippur Liturgy -- Repentance Through Acts of Righteousness

Ron Kronish | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Jewish tradition emphasizes the importance of good deeds, of tikkun olam or "repairing the world." Without doing our part to "repair the world," even in small ways, we have not fulfilled our responsibility.

'Hineni' in Our 21st Century Lives

AVODAH | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
AVODAH

In the Torah, we are first introduced to the term Hineni when we read about Akedat Yitzchak, the Binding of Isaac, in Chapter 22 of Genesis. When God calls out to Abraham, prior to commanding him to sacrifice his son, Abraham responds, "Hineni."

Sin, Repentance And Yom Kippur

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

We are not born in sin; we are each born with powerful tendencies to both good and evil and the drama of human character is in the struggle and balance between the two. The corrective mechanism is teshuva, repentance.

Why We Read Sarah and Hagar at Rosh Hashana: On the Abuse of Power

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

Every year on Rosh Hashana, Jews worldwide read about Abraham and Sarah's casting out of Hagar and Ishmael into the wilderness. And every year, I have felt profoundly uncomfortable with it.

How to Really Apologize

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

Before you say you're sorry, stop doing the bad behavior. Trying to apologize while still doing the wrong thing is like trying to bail water out of your basement without fixing the leak.

A Blogger's Deceit, Power and Making Amends

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

The feminist Twitters and blogosphere have been ablaze the last few weeks, as a very troubling figure in the greater digital feminist ecosystem first announced his retirement from feminist discourse and then erupted in an explosive Twitter confessional.

Summer & Judaism's Advice on How to Make the Best of It

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

The "Jewish summer" encourages us to rid ourselves of the fantasy that life's blessings, such as peace and happiness, can be found outside. We ought to re-focus on who we truly are, and what our personal mission statements ought to be.

A Forgotten Masterpiece

Richard Koch | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion
Richard Koch

Whether the early Christians intended the claims of resurrection to be taken literally or symbolically is unclear. But one powerful modern interpretation holds that it is about "the necessity of dying to various forms of superficial life if one is to have life abundant."

Repentance Politics, Repentance Theology

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Jennifer Harvey

We seem to be maybe, finally, oh so slowly going through a sea change on lesbian and gay rights. Cultural acceptance -- incomplete still, of course -- came first, and it seems like maybe political and religious acceptance may follow.