Monthly Archives: February 2014

Can we learn compassion?

Jennifer Campbell, editor of the Ottawa Citizen Style as well as Diplomat & International Canada asked, “Is compassion something we only have so much of? Or, can we be trained to love more people more of the time? Taking the … Continue reading

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Bearing false witness

Jews and Christians and many other people know the Ten Commandments. Immediately following the Commandment not to steal and just before the Commandment to not covet anything that is one’s neighbor is the Commandment, “You shall not bear false witness … Continue reading

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“It doesn’t work that way”

In the July/August 2010 issue of the magazine, Biblical Archaeology Review there appeared an article on the 79CE eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, “The Destruction of Pompeii-G_d’s Revenge?” In the article a question was asked: “Did anyone connect Mt. Vesuvius’ eruption … Continue reading

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Meditations from the border regions of faith

In 1987, Kenneth Aman edited a collection of writings by theologians and others that many people saw on the border regions of their faiths. That is to say; they were considered by religious authorities to be “on the edge” in … Continue reading

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Ethics in public life; can we buck the tide and still be relevant?

“Relevancy” As religious people we want o be relevant, but can we buck the tide of public opinion and still remain relevant? Actually, religion and people of faith are probably most relevant when we are standing in opposition to the … Continue reading

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An ineresting perspective on a divisive issue

Sexual orientation is in the news again, this time in relationship to the National Football League. A potential draftee from the University of Missouri has announced that he is gay. There has been much discussion not to say, hoopla, surrounding … Continue reading

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Avoiding planetary disaster

A friend of mine, an Episcopal priest, was sitting in my family’s living room and spotted a book by Robert Thurman on our coffee table. “I love this guy”, she exalted, “He was ahead of his time”. Thurman was not … Continue reading

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