Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Dalai Lama and charity burn-out

A number of years ago, I directed a social service agency. It was an ecumenical, private charitable organization that depended to a great extent on volunteers from the supporting religious organizations. We had a small paid staff, (8-10), but with … Continue reading

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Culture and Calendar

Happy New Year! May you be inscribed in the book of life! Shanah Tovah! All the ways people wish each other a happy New Year have been expressed this week for the Jewish New Year of 5775. I was reminded … Continue reading

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C. S. Lewis and a hunger for the living G_d

Clive Stapleton Lewis is perhaps best known these days for his Chronicles of Narnia series of books about a mythical land ruled by a lion named, Aslan. Lewis, a friend a colleague of Tolkein, the writer of The Hobbit and … Continue reading

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The religious factor in the Ukraine

Growing up in Philadelphia, I was exposed to the concept of the Ukraine as an independent nation even as the Soviet Union held it as one of its socialist republics, an intrinsic part of its union. The Ukrainian-American string band … Continue reading

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A grey eminence in the public square

In the pamphlet that used to be sent to prospective army chaplains, there was a sentence that stated that the chaplain was expected to be a “grey eminence” over the service. That is to say; the chaplain, as the representative … Continue reading

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Unintended consequences and the intersection of religion and the public sector

Have you ever had the experience of beginning something such as a new job or a new course only to find yourself involved in something different entirely? In 1873 that is the very thing that happened to a group of … Continue reading

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Frosts in the winter

I suppose it seems strange to be writing about frosts in the winter when it was 9^ degrees Fahrenheit where I live just a few days ago. But, the recent increase in religious persecutions in many places encouraged me to … Continue reading

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