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Meaning and Choice

Last Thursday, I found myself in the audience of a panel in which Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of England (technically, former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth), discussed the issue of religion and violence … Continue reading

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Calling

The term “call” is often used in the church, and even sometimes outside of church, as a suggestion that God is talking directly to us, informing an action or direction in life. People are called to service of all kinds … Continue reading

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What if he meant it?

What if he meant it?   What if all the words were not metaphor, but speech plain as bread,   plain as the bread that lights upon our outstretched hands like a dove or a beating heart: this is my … Continue reading

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Truthful Stories

(first published on November 17, 2011) Stories may be the most powerful tool we have for communicating our core beliefs. Those things we value most highly aren’t always easily described except in story. Think of the great truths imparted in … Continue reading

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Unbelievable!

Every few weeks, a scholar of religion named T.M. Luhrmann writes an op ed column in the New York Times. This week, she is examining the line between belief and unbelief, specifically, what she calls the “boggle line” between things we … Continue reading

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Indifference (Goodness, part III)

Last year, I went with a colleague to hear Barbara Kingsolver, who was reading from her new novel, Flight Behavior. The book tells the story of an encounter between Appalachian farmers and global climate change, between scientists and a group of people who have … Continue reading

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God moves in a mysterious way…the story of St. Nicholas

Where do mystery and reason meet?  One might argue, and certainly Joseph Campbell did so in his book and television series “The Power of Myth”, that they meet in theology, as both mystery and reason attempt, in their own ways, … Continue reading

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