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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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NEW YORK -- There is something in the American psyche that wants everything to be OK, that seeks to make lemonade when life provides lemons, that wants to move right past Good Friday's disillusion, desolation and loss and on to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
I'm not sure what just happened here, folks, but a post I've had up here all day has disappeared. It was a note that said I'm in New York and it gave you some alternative sites to get updated religious... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Almost from the beginning of recorded religious history, art has played an important role in interpreting the various messages of faith. (Though sometimes faith communities have, essentially, kicked art out.) Museums are full of paintings in which the artist tried... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Pope Francis recently proposed a modification in Catholic teaching about the death penalty. As that teaching stands today, there are a few cases in which the church would not oppose capital punishment. But Francis says the death penalty should be... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Because I serve on the board of a non-profit agency, Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care, I'm aware of the fabulous work done by not just the KCH medical staff and administrators but also by its chaplains. But until I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Most religious groups, at least the larger traditional ones, create curricula to be used to educate children and often a separate curricula for adult education. Individual congregations under the umbrella of this or that denomination or sect usually are not... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If Halloween is only a few weeks away, that means we're deep into the Christmas shopping season, which, from what I can tell, started Dec. 26, 2016. All of which means it's time to suggest some new faith-based books to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Because of, among other things, the Las Vegas massacre, the California wildfires and the recent tremendously damaging hurricanes, the subject of evil is in the news. What is it? Who decides what is evil and what isn't? And the old... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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More than 20 years ago -- maybe closer to 30 by now -- a teen-age girl who lived in our neighborhood and whom my daughters and I had met a few times died when the car she was riding in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Like a fish that one day discovered she was swimming in water, the Rev. Daniel Hill a few years ago woke up to the reality that he was living in a culture dominated by whiteness. In his new book, White... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes when we hear of a persecuted religious minority in this or that country, we feel helpless, not having any good idea what action we might take to help make the situation better. But that's not the case in northern... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In light of the Las Vegas massacre, let's think aloud here a bit about what healthy faith communities can and should provide. Trust me, there's a connection. But let me start with this engaging piece from a site called beyourself.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The range of what people consider religion is astonishingly broad. Using the word "spiritual" can stretch out that range a lot more. So when journalist Sally Quinn names her new autobiography Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir, readers should be prepared... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Three scientists have received the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on verifying the existence of what are called "gravitational waves." Because I love both cosmology (big-end physics) and sub-atomic physics (the little-end variety), I wrote about gravitational... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It seems both inevitable and reassuring that in the midst of a catastrophe we eventually learn about inspiring ways human beings rose to the occasion and did what they could to save lives, even if that meant putting themselves in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Last month, as you know, we commemorated the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (Here is a piece about that I wrote for The Kansas City Star.) You might imagine that the five people charged with the crime, in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Yesterday here on the blog, I wrote about the dangers of one religion dominating a country. The specific instance I brought up was Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church. But let's pick up that theme again today and talk about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When any particular religious group is dominant in a state or country, it's often worth looking at how its presence affects the society generally but particularly how it affects politics and government policy. Russia, in the news a lot in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Ever since I was a child and used to look at a stained glass image of Jesus in the church of my boyhood, I've wondered what Jesus' face really looked like. The options seem endless, as evidenced by the "Faces... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When I was on a reporting trip to Saudi Arabia (and elsewhere) in 2002 with other journalists from the editorial pages of other newspapers, we had a chance to interview Crown Prince Abdullah, who later went on to be king... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As each week passes, it's increasingly clear that Pope Francis is acquiring not just dissenters but possibly actual enemies who oppose his vision of the church, which most careful observers would call more open and flexible than that of either... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The current PBS 10-part documentary on the Vietnam War has made me go back to re-read my chapter on that war in my 2014 book, Woodstock: A Story of Middle Americans. The book is rooted in my hometown of Woodstock,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Since last week I've been following the appalling story of students from St. Teresa's Academy in Kansas City caught playing beer pong with cups arranged to look like a swastika (though it was backwards). I thought The Kansas City Star's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A dozen or more years ago I wrote a longish page 1 piece for The Kansas City Star about the efforts various people and organizations around the country were putting into the idea of living much longer lives, if not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Friday here on the blog I wrote a bit about chances for peace in the Middle East, especially focusing on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. That issue has been unsettled since Israel declared itself an independent state in 1948 and immediately was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog