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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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In some ways, every religion encourages the formation of supportive communities. The concept is so deeply woven into Christianity that the community of believers has a special name -- the body of Christ. The idea is that in this post-resurrection... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The Republican Party's national platform is a not simply a political document, though for sure it is that. It also is very much a theological document. Consider this: The word "religious" appears in it 50 times; "religion" six times; "faith"... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Across the years in the U.S., various minority groups have understood the unwritten rule that to compete against members of the majority, you have to show yourself to be faster, taller, smarter, funnier and put an "-er" at the end... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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If, like me, you've had your fill this week of politics -- with more to come when the Democrats gather soon -- perhaps this weekend you'd like a bit of a break. How about if this weekend we celebrate the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Although for many Americans, Islam barely existed before the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the reality is that Muslims have been part of the American story since (and even before) the first slaves arrived here. Today, Muslims are much more... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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ABIQUIU, N.M. -- In her book, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, what my friend Kathleen Norris says of the Dakotas can be said also of northern New Mexico: "The region requires that you wrestle with it before it bestows a blessing."... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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When the Prophet Muhammad introduced Islam to the world -- or at least to the Arabian peninsula -- back in the Seventh Century, it was enormously liberating for women in that patriarchal, heavily Bedouin culture. The Qur'an, after all, is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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SPRINGFIELD, Vt. -- The First Congregational Church here began to fill up most of an hour before the 11 a.m. time for the funeral service of my brother-in-law, John Von Bargen (the beautiful urn you see here contains his cremains;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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MANSFIELD, Ohio -- My bride and I stopped here for an overnight on our way to Vermont recently. When I spend time in an unfamiliar city, I at least try to notice churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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ABIQUIU, N.M. -- I'm here, as I am almost every summer, to teach a class at Ghost Ranch, the national Presbyterian conference center here in northern New Mexico. While I'm gone I'm going to give you a couple of sources... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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ABIQUIU, N.M. -- I'm here, as I am almost every summer, to teach a class at Ghost Ranch, the national Presbyterian conference center here in northern New Mexico. It's been a terrific week, and our last class session will take... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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ABIQUIU, N.M. -- I'm here, as I am almost every summer, to teach a class at Ghost Ranch, the national Presbyterian conference center here in northern New Mexico. We had a great visit yesterday with Fr. Adam Ortega, rector of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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ABIQUIU, N.M. -- I'm here, as I am almost every summer, to teach a class at Ghost Ranch, the national Presbyterian conference center here in northern New Mexico. And we're having a great week with some excellent discussion. Today we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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ABIQUIU, N.M. -- I'm here, as I am almost every summer, to teach a class at Ghost Ranch, the national Presbyterian conference center here in northern New Mexico. When I left Burlington, Vt., early yesterday morning it was in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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BURLINGTON, Vt. -- I've been here in Vermont to attend and speak at the Friday funeral of my brother-in-law. A sad occasion, but we celebrated this remarkable man's life well. While I'm gone -- all this coming week I'll be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Many, if not most, Christian churches have been affected by the changing American religious landscape of recent decades, as the percentage of Americans who are religiously unaffiliated has grown until it's now nearly a quarter of the adult population. But... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The recent death of author, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel (pictured here) was distressing all by itself, but when you put his demise in a broader context, it's even more disturbing. After Wiesel's death, there are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As we move closer to the nominating conventions of the national political parties and then to the November election, it seems easy to lose any connection between faith and politics. Isn't faith, after all, about God, about getting to heaven,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the persistent myths about the Holocaust is that Jews never fought back. It's false, of course, but in thinking about the issue it helps to remember that resistance took many forms, not all of them armed (when possible)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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ABIQUIU, N.M. -- I'm here, as I am almost every summer, to teach a class at Ghost Ranch, the national Presbyterian conference center here in northern New Mexico. While I'm gone I'm going to give you a couple of sources... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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For this Fourth of July, I want to take you back two years to this Time Magazine essay about what the author calls the theology of Independence Day, a concept he says he learned from President John F. Kennedy. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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This just in: Nobel Peace Prize winner and powerful author Elie Wiesel has died. It's hard to imagine any other Holocaust survivor who has done so much to teach the world about that horrific genocide. * * * One of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Three months ago here on the blog, I wrote about the laudable new effort called "Beyond Belief" that was providing some much-needed journalistic coverage of religion via a special project at KCPT-TV, the Kansas City PBS station. That good work... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As if we needed further proof that bad theology can be not just corrosive but murderous, we now learn that after the Orlando massacre earlier this month, pastors of several allegedly Christian churches praised the killing of LGBT people in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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LOS ANGELES -- The language we use to describe the people we call enemies can say more about us than it does about them. In wars, enemies inevitably get labeled in ways that attempt to diminish their humanity, that make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog