Add your voice and actions to the river of change

There’s more forgiveness in God than sin in us. Not only do I say that, I even believe it. What’s interesting is how comforting I find that belief when it applies to me, but how challenging that same belief can be when I apply it to (some) others. I mean, some others have an awfulContinue reading “Add your voice and actions to the river of change”

Interfaith cooperation requires us to be open and welcoming to others

Truly important issues, such as climate change and poverty, demand wide human collaboration. While this is not exactly novel or, in my view, controversial, it does point to the urgent need for dialogue among people of any faith or none aimed at deeper understanding and cooperation. That’s why I’m glad this year’s Festival of FaithsContinue reading “Interfaith cooperation requires us to be open and welcoming to others”

Is Your Religion Measurable or Messy?

Here’s a story: Two people go into a place to pray. One clears her throat, looks upward and prays in a loud voice, “Thank you, Holy One, that I am me and not these other people. I tithe my income regularly and fast not just once a week, as I am directed, but twice aContinue reading “Is Your Religion Measurable or Messy?”

‘Listening and Learning’ means little without action

Is “listening and learning” in danger of becoming the new “thoughts and prayers”?  A twenty-year-old – which is the age group we need to hear, especially these days – told me she thinks it is, especially for white people. Just like some respond to tragedy with the promise of thoughts and prayers, her concern isContinue reading “‘Listening and Learning’ means little without action”

We can persevere!

“No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn.” Those words of Hal Borland came to mind not so much about the season but about the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m not suggesting the end of the pandemic or of social distancing is at hand. Rather, I mention the words of that beloved poem because they speakofContinue reading “We can persevere!”

Ramadan faces challenges this year due to social distancing

Ramadan, which this year began last Friday, April 24, is an especially important month in the Islamic calendar because it is believed to be the month when the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the prophet Muhammad, thus bestowing the revelations of God on humanity. Observant Muslims, numbering more than a billion throughoutContinue reading “Ramadan faces challenges this year due to social distancing”

Pandemic Teaches Us To Lean On Each Other

In a particularly poignant scene in Albert Camus’s The Plague – which reads like it was published three weeks instead of in 1947 – the doctor works tirelessly to lessen the suffering of those around him. But he is no hero. “This whole thing is not about heroism,” he says. “It may seem a ridiculousContinue reading “Pandemic Teaches Us To Lean On Each Other”

How Religious People Can Actually Help

Interfaith unity can reduce misconceptions Some describe the United States of America as the most religiously diverse country, while others depict it as the most religiously devout, at least of nations in the northern hemisphere. Regardless, the important issue is how we allow religion to shape us. Will religion be a source of conflict orContinue reading “How Religious People Can Actually Help”