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Faith and Values: How can I live a good life with mental illness?

Buddha’s teachings include a vast array of methods for working with our minds. However, if your mental illness – like any illness – is not treated by appropriate mental health …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018

Faith and Values:

The collective heart of our nation seems split in two. Part of our heart seems callous, hardened, wild with fear, bizarrely ready to lash out at perpetrators and victims alike. …


Faith and Values: Turning to God for a clear conscience

Faith in values is a regular Saturday column dealing with spiritual and moral issues of concern to our community.


Faith and Values: Can we disagree without being disagreeable?

I’m beginning to think either I’m getting old or I’ve been living under a rock, but apparently I missed the obituary for the age-old adage, “We need to disagree without …


Faith and Values: Wishing happiness for others can bring joy to your life

I’m at the stage in life where many of my friends have become new parents. Their Facebook feed is dominated by photos of the little one – playing in the …


Faith and Values: A tower to nowhere

The Tower of Babel story (Genesis 11:1-9) has been interpreted in a number of ways over the centuries. I became aware of a new (to me) interpretation in the Nov. …


Faith and Values: It’s not

Please, let’s hold our applause. For Oprah, I mean.


Faith and Values: Jubilee Jesus

Our national leaders, many of them public Christians, have just enacted legislation that amounts to the opposite of a Jubilee, concentrating more wealth among the wealthy and increasing the financial …


Faith and Values: Jesus would have baked the cake

People should be proud of who they are, but it can be hard when they keep getting turned away.


Faith and Values: Plenty of constructive ways for Jews to express their anger

Q: It seems to me that if anyone has a right and a reason for protesting and marching in the streets (it) is the Jewish people, considering all the horrible …


Faith and Values: I truly don’t understand when believers settle for spiritual shallows

In September, I wrote a letter to our grandkids encouraging them to not stay in the spiritual shallows. They have more control there, but they experience less of what life …


Steve Massey: Sunday’s news should astound you

I hope Sunday’s news astounds you. No, I don’t mean last Sunday’s news, set to this all-too-familiar cadence by the New York Times: “A gunman clad in all black, with …


Faith and Values: The rise of #MeToo helps women understand they’re not alone

Perhaps #MeToo is the result of 5 million women marching in January this year saying they’d had enough. We’re done being silent; done laughing it off; done pretending it hasn’t …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017

Faith and Values: Tolerance, a step toward embrace

How can we see tolerance as one (big) step toward more fully embracing either our own humanity or someone else’s? I was stimulated to ask this question of myself – …


Faith and Values: Sharing stories allows us to really know others

Stories are powerful. They have the ability to destroy illicit assumptions and ignite understanding. That’s why I made the decision to become a religion reporter.


Faith and Values: Path to unity can be found in scripture, ‘If it is possible … live peaceably with all men.’

Media – social media in particular – have made it all too easy for us to substitute quick, cutting criticism in social discourse when tempered, thoughtful responses to divergent views …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017

Faith and Values: Showing up for our young people

Recently, I was grieved to hear about five teenage football players in Creston, Iowa, who were photographed wearing KKK hoods with a burning cross and a Confederate flag, and who …


Faith and Values: Where’s the bottom? God knows

God didn’t make us to live in the shallows of life. It may be a safer place. But God knows that the more abundant life is in the deeper, faster …


Faith and Values: In grief, there’s a chance for reconciliation

I thought my intro column here would be different, lighter. I thought I’d tell you about my 15 years as a religion reporter and why I chose this peculiar and …


Faith and Values: Letting scapegoats loose in our lives

So it’s up to us – you and me – to stop the vicious scapegoating game when and where we can! It may involve curbing our tongues, and thinking more …


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017

Faith and Values: Tide-proof memories

Dear Katie, Claire and Andy, At the beginning of his 1966 novel, “The Gates of the Forest,” Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Weisel tells a simple, ancient Jewish parable. At …


UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017

Faith and Values: It does no good to compare ourselves to others, Steve Massey writes

Basic to human nature is our tendency to compare ourselves with others. We know better intellectually. But, in practice, many of us get caught in the comparison trap and can’t …


Faith and Values: Our national vision isn’t really poor

The “poor” are people, not religious or economic labels. We must work together as Americans first.


UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017

Faith and Values: First should come the listening, then the talking

This vying-to-be-heard-above-others is a contagion in our me-first culture. This despite the constant reminder from our own physiology that most of us have got the ratio terribly backward. Check the …


Faith and Values: Being human is a pre-existing condition

Religion, faith and values column for Saturday June 3.


Faith and Values: A matter of alignment?

I felt and heard the CRACK! of my back as the chiropractor found the right spot on my vertebrae to bring my back into re-alignment. I don’t have this procedure …


Faith and Values: Resurrection of spring brings another, more important, resurrection to mind

The days between Palm Sunday and next Sunday’s Easter are cues from our very calendars to slow down and marvel at God’s great love for people like us.


Faith and values: Look beyond Jesus’ words for the real meaning in the Scriptures

“Unless you do far better than the Pharisees in the matters of right living, you won’t know the first thing about entering the kingdom.” Jesus directly challenges those who obey …


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017

Faith and Values: Yes, it costs to check the baggage of guilt; it costs faith

You know, a lot of us live our entire lives this way, lugging around the heavy baggage of guilt, bitterness and worry. We end up weighed down, envying – or …


Faith and Values: Centrifugal pain in our spirits

In the mid-1950s, a particular carnival was a summer attraction in my hometown, Kellogg. Its most fascinating ride was The Round Up. Customers would climb onto a circular floor surrounded …