Monthly Archives: November 2011

Diversity in December – a world of holiness and light beckons

December is a full month for religious holy days. Christianity and Judaism have exciting holy days in December. Other religious traditions have recognized holy days this December. In fact, there are sixteen religious holidays, holy days, and observances in December … Continue reading

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What Looks True

Bible excerpt from Mark 1:1-8 “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you to open the way for you.’” Reflection by William C. Green God does not change. Our understanding of God changes. Love for our spouse, partner, or children … Continue reading

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Is Your Church a Mouth-House?

“Mouth-House”: English translation of the German Mundhaus, a term used by Martin Luther for a Protestant Christian church, emphasizing that God’s word and God’s salvation is an acoustical affair. In American Puritan and Congregational (now mostly United Church of Christ) … Continue reading

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The Moral Courage Project

“Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital … Continue reading

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Irshad Manji, best-selling author and professor of leadership

Irshad Manji is the best-selling author of The Trouble with Islam Today and, most recently, Allah, Liberty and Love. Oprah Winfrey has given her the first annual Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction.” Irshad is Director of the … Continue reading

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After Delusion: Purpose! “Understanding the story of my psychosis…”

Front-page article, The New York Times – November 26, 2011 – Benedict Carey Athens, Ohio — She was gone for good, and no amount of meditation could resolve the grief, even out here in the deep quiet of the woods. … Continue reading

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Hope on Egypt’s Hard Road to Democracy

Ellen Lust is an associate professor in the department of political science at Yale University and an associate editor of the journal Middle East Law and Governance. Her books include “Structuring Conflict in the Arab World” (Cambridge University Press, 2005) … Continue reading

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Why we spend and others save

By Sheldon Garon – professor of history and East Asian studies at Princeton. Author of Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves. Professor Garon is also coediting a collection of essays on “consumer culture and its discontents” … Continue reading

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The Bible and Sexuality

Amy-Jill Levine and Douglas Knight November 13, 2011 – Huffington Post Religion The culture wars over family values have yet to reach détente and will not until the messiah comes (or returns, depending on the reader’s affiliation). Battles continue over women’s … Continue reading

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America: A Most Hopeful Place

NYTimes – November 24, A28 On Thanksgiving it’s usual to think back to that first feast, one far better known in custom and imagination than it is in fact. What is certain is that in 1620, when the Mayflower was … Continue reading

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