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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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A year or more ago, my older daughter and her husband, who live south of Kansas City on 80 acres of rural farmland, contracted with a local winery to plant and grow grapes. Later they added another big bunch of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The first time I met Lindor Reynolds she stood out. She was, I think, the very first member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnist to come from somewhere other than the United States. She was a columnist with the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Although the exhibit about Nazi propaganda has been open since I first wrote about it here in late June, I hadn't had a chance to go see it at the National Archives and Records Administration building (just west of Union... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Robin Williams' recent suicide has had me thinking about what role faith communities can play in helping people cope with depression, from which Robin, an Episcopalian, was said to have suffered. It's certainly not a new question, but I worry... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Russell E. Saltzman knows a bad funeral sermon when he hears one. In fact, after the graveside committal service of this Lutheran pastor's own father, he took the pastor who spoke there aside and "told him his pastoral practice 'sucked.'... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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My parents were married 77 years ago today. They are not around to celebrate, though they did make it to 54 years together before my father died, four-plus years before my mother's death. (the photo here today was taken at... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I remember back in the 1970s and '80s seeing "Save Soviet Jewry" signs in various places around Kansas City, particularly in front of synagogues. The old Soviet Union's communist government had little use for the country's Jewish population, especially for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Christians in the Middle East -- especially in Iraq -- are in desperate straits. They are threatened with extinction, in fact. In this piece in The National Catholic Reporter, Fr. Drew Christiansen, former editor of America magazine and a professor... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The recent action by my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), to divest from three companies that the church says profit from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has stirred up a lot of debate, anger and hurt feelings. Today I want to offer... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Religions that are prominent and even dominant in particular geographic areas tend to have a profound influence on the culture there, affecting even people who are not adherents of that particular religion. I think, for instance, of some predominantly Muslim... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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DETROIT -- As I was waiting the other day here for a plane to Atlanta (that's how you have to get from Detroit to Kansas City -- or to anywhere), I noticed across the concourse from me something called a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Forty years ago tonight I was sitting in the Albion, N.Y., living room of the former chairman of the Orleans County, New York, Republican Party. He also happened to be my father-in-law. We were listening to Richard Nixon's resignation speech.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I know lots of people who feel inspired by their religion to act in certain ways -- usually ways that are of benefit to others. Some might even say, at times, that they have felt called by God to get... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I mentioned here yesterday, I spent a day and night at the Hermitage Spiritual Retreat Center in Pittsburg, Mo., for a meeting of the board that oversees that facility. While there, one of our board members passed along the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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PITTSBURG, Mo. -- At first I didn't even notice it off in the corner of the living room in which we met in one of the units here at the Hermitage Spiritual Retreat Center. But then it was brought out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I love history, though I am not obsessed with it to the point that I can't pay attention to the present or imagine the future. In college my major was journalism but I took about 40 hours of undergraduate history... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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More evidence of the diversity of America's religious leadership came the other day when President Barack Obama named Rabbi David Saperstein (pictured here) to be the first non-Christian ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. The position was created in 1998 and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In many faith traditions, language is either sacred or the bearer of sacred things. The Bible, holy writ in various versions for Jews and Christians, says God spoke the world into existence. God said "light" and there was light. Christians... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One way to begin to understand Pope Francis and what motivates him is to understand a bit about his religious order, the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits. And this is an excellent day on which to contemplate the Jesuits, for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I've noted before, the movement in the U.S. away from condemnation of homosexuality to an attitude of inclusion and acceptance has picked up remarkable speed in recent years. Already 19 states now have freedom-to-marry laws for gays and lesbians... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The National World War I Museum in Kansas City is fabulous. It's well designed, impressively filled with artifacts from the period and endlessly engaging. The "but" is coming, so hold on. Two of my wife's brothers and their wives from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A week from tomorrow evening Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn and I (pictured here) will speak at the Detroit area Holocaust center about our book, They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust. My friend David Crumm, former... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Because people have so many ideas about God (indeed, one pollster suggests that Americans believe in more than 300 million different gods), we now and then get weird stories about the encounters people have with what they think might have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It's been far too long since we took a bit of time out for alleged humor of the faith-based sort here. So today, on the anniversary of the 1968 publication of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae, which I didn't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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While I was off in New England recently, Old England was making a bit of news. The Church of (Old) England decided, finally, that it would permit women to become bishops. The English don't get everything right and what they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog