Across cultures, religions and traditions, human beings celebrate.
We have seen many holiday opportunities pass without our traditional celebrations in the last year. As vaccinations increase, we may be peaking out and trying to do it a little differently, with small, safe family groupings. Still not … read more.
Of all the places that we exist–in our neighborhoods, our city, our nation, even our families–the groups we may have highest expectations of may be our religious communities. This is only natural because it is in religious community that we proclaim our highest values, that … read more.
As this year moves into its final month, we face a holiday season unlike any we have ever known. We had a warm-up with Thanksgiving, setting aside family gatherings, or limiting them, or risking them with a combination of testing and quarantining and whatever other … read more.
Except, probably, not really. Our nation is so deeply divided that it’s a good bet that there will be recounts and court appeals and who knows what else. Remarkably, the idea of a peaceful transition of … read more.
German religious philosopher, Martin Buber, reminds us: “Humans are a promise-making, promise-keeping, promise-breaking, promise-renewing people.” We can look at ancient promises like the rainbow in the sky, which according to the story of Noah was God’s promise not to flood the world again. … read more.
For some years now, the warnings about fascism have increased. Now, we witness federal troops taking protesters from the streets of Portland, Oregon, and expanding their presence to other cities. Who knows what will happen between the time I write this column and … read more.