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People of faith, particularly Christians, seem to be conflicted about whether protests do any good, or even if protests are “Christian.” Aren’t we supposed to be peace-lovers, even peacemakers? Certainly. So, I ask: Can peacemaking include protests? In 2 words: OF COURSE.
When we learned about the breast cancer (I’m not naming anyone because of privacy), a few of us put our heads together. We knew our patient was sad and scared so decided to have an outdoor “Boob Voyage” party.
We are at the crossroads of three areas: politics, religion, and the wellbeing of our planet. Members of certain religions often subscribe to political ideologies about the environment. Why are we politicizing something we all live on?
After retiring from parish ministry in 1995, Paul Graves quickly realized that he was going to miss writing his weekly sermons. “I used preaching, in part, as a way of ordering my own life,” Graves said.
Next month, I will begin my 26th year wandering the faith-and-values landscape. This longevity is both a shock to me and a source of serious gratitude. So please indulge my thoughts about “gratitude” today.
Besides the obvious – church in jammies – how has congregational life changed for you? How has your faith community changed? How has ministry changed? How has your spiritual growth changed? How would you say the health and vitality of your church is now, and what do you think it will look like in the coming years as a result of the pandemic?
Scripture tells us that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus (see Romans 8:1). Could I fast from judging and condemning myself? Could I turn a deaf ear to all accusations?
For some people, I suspect their collection of beliefs does resemble a fragile house of cards. In this circumstance, doubt is indeed a kind of threat.But there is a much healthier kind of doubt I suggest you consider.
Just a few days ago I sold my little blue house on Spokane’s South Hill.
In a book full of memorable moments and ideas, one of the most memorable is the Hitchhiker’s Guide itself. The novel tells us that one of the reasons that the guide is so popular is that its front cover features these two words printed in bold font: Don’t panic.
Victimhood is a confounding place to live. It invites us to live there in the most visceral, personal ways, even in our mothers’ wombs on occasion. But we’re also invited to live in victimhood as part of our society, or a group we identify with. All of us, in some way or another, has experienced being a victim.
COVID has forced me to listen to my lonesomeness, especially these past five weeks, instead of drowning it out. It’s been trying to tell me something, to teach me something.
The ethical foundation of Buddhist practice is to benefit others as much as we can and, if we can’t do that, at least to not harm them. Living an ethical life where we refrain from harming others with our body and speech is the first step in practicing our faith in everyday life.
It’s so easy to only embrace a sentimental understanding of Christmas, of “waiting for the baby Jesus” and all that involves. But maturing adults also do well to appreciate the deeper message of Christmas. It comes in the word “incarnation” – God became flesh in the person we call Jesus. First the baby, but definitively the man.
Four boxes of holiday stuff are stored in my closet. My grandma left them to me when she died and even though I don’t open the boxes, I can’t bear the thought of getting rid of them.
The terms equality and equity are used interchangeably in the media, whether a story covers prison reform or gender-based violence. But equity is what governmental systems, nonprofit organizations, and entire corporations should aim for.
Deep-down, what does all that shouting and posturing really matter? What seems to matter to the riverbanks people is their inalienable right to be angry, to be fearful. I thought our inalienable rights were to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” not anger and fear.
Four years ago I was working with a group of journalism students covering the election when an editor came out and asked for everyone’s attention. He told us the Associated Press had just called the election for Donald Trump.I watched as the students held back tears. Some went outside or to the bathroom to cry.
With only eight days until Election Day, so much of daily thought and conversation centers on political matters.
When challenges like COVID-19 present themselves, it's a reminder that we should not live in fear of each other, but in support of each other.