Monthly Archives: February 2012

Too full of our own ideas: no new energy, no “new life” – Lent

The 40 days of Lent are modeled after Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. In the church’s year this season is a time of self-examination and repentance in preparation for the new life, meants to be ours, too, we celebrate … Continue reading

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The Muslim Luther and Reformation

Sightings  2/23/2012 – Martin Marty — Mun’im Sirry – PhD candidate in Islamic Studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is currently a Martin Marty Center Junior Fellow and a Harper Dissertation Fellow. His dissertation is entitled “Reformist … Continue reading

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Changing Faith

Bible excerpt from Hebrews 1:8-12 (Good News Bible) – “You, Lord, are always the same, and your life never ends.” Reflection by William C. Green When my son turned fourteen he was puzzled by his inability to enjoy the amusement … Continue reading

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Muslim Reformer and Human Rights Leader to Challenge Cleveland

Contact:  Moral Courage Project – Office of William Green, Vice-President for Strategy and Development william.green [“at”] moralcourage.com MUSLIM LEADER BRAVES DEATH THREATS – IRSHAD MANJI – Coming to Cleveland March 1-2, 2012. Prof. Irshad Manji, who continues to face death … Continue reading

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No one religion for all — against religious universalism

From George Santayana, Reason in Religion, quoted in helpful context by Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures (New York Basic Books, 1973), p. 87. Cited in Sightings, Martin Marty, 2-20-12.  In response to Alain de Botton, “Religion for Everyone,” Wall … Continue reading

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Giving and Congregations: On Finding Hidden Losses

The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving exists to serve the public good by exploring the multiple connections between philanthropy and faith within the major religious traditions. The 2011 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report notes that for every $5.35 raised in … Continue reading

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Missing truth…

We routinely disqualify testimony that would plead for extenuation. That is, we are so persuaded of the rightness of our judgment as to invalidate evidence that does not confirm us in it. Nothing that deserves to be called truth could … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Dream – Transfiguration Sunday, February 19th

Mark 9:2-10 – Rev. Dr. Mike Graves – the William K. McElvaney Professor of Preaching at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO, and a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) From Day1.org Without a doubt, … Continue reading

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Heretical Musings on the Year of Jubliee – The Lake Institute

The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving exists to serve the public good by exploring the multiple connections between philanthropy and faith within the major religious traditions. In the ancient Hebrew/Christian tradition there are references to a notion called the … Continue reading

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What Faith is Not

From Sr. Joan Chittester Faith is not about understanding the ways of God. It is not about maneuvering God into a position of human subjugation, making a God who is a benign deity who exists to see life as we … Continue reading

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