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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- When I was a boy living in India for a couple of years, I had the opportunity of attending at least part of a Hindu wedding. I say part because the event went on for several days,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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BERKELEY, Calif. -- One of the crucial lessons about interfaith relations is to speak accurately about a faith tradition that is not your own. This, of course, requires knowledge on the one hand and caution on the other. You must... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have puzzled over why Western victims of Islamist terrorism have focused so intently on al-Qaida and its many related organizations and pretty much ignored the vicious group Boko Haram based in Nigeria. No doubt I've also been guilty of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and all the ships on C Street: We've been far too serious here for far too long, so today we're going to take a bit of a break and have a laugh (maybe) or... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It's always intriguing to me when local news becomes national news and even international news. It may not happen every day, but when it does you can be sure there's something fascinating that has caught the attention of journalists. The... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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To say that this is a period of religious upheaval across the globe is to state the obvious. But this period of change takes many forms in many different traditions. In Israel, for instance, Jews are debating whether just the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Like many of you, I get weary of people who want to blame "religion" (or, using a more dismissive term, "organized religion") for violence, terrorism, wars and other troubles in the world. If only life were that simple. It would... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As a society, Americans have an astonishingly short attention span, mirrored by the tendency of the news media to focus intently on a story for several news cycles and then forget about it. Ebola is a good example. Did you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Clearly the work to be done in light of Ferguson, Mo., and other events that raise disturbing questions about racism and how our society polices itself is far from over. And it's encouraging to see faith communities playing an important... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Lots of folks are unaware of the fact that so far Germany has paid at least $87 billion as compensation for crimes committed by the country's Nazi rulers. Much of the money has gone to Jewish survivors of the Holocaust... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Since the 1980s, one of the beautiful Kansas City area gems has been Powell Gardens, less than an hour east of the city on Highway 50. It has become a world class botanical garden as well as the location of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I regularly hear criticism -- most of which I agree with -- that condemns ISIS, or the Islamic State, and even the government of Saudi Arabia for enforcing strict religious standards on the populations each controls or thinks it controls.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
For anyone who is interested, I'll be teaching a week-long seminar on writing a spiritual will at Ghost Ranch, a national Presbyterian conference center in northern New Mexico to which people of all faiths are invited. Visit http://www.ghostranch.org and look at page 51 of the 2015 summer catalog. Or e-mail me at wtammeus@gmail.com if you are interested. Thanks. Bill Tammeus, journalist, author, blogger, at http://billtammeus.typepad.com.
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Anger seems to be what is fueling the world these days. * Blacks are angry at whites for lots of things, from slavery to Michael Brown to white privilege. * Muslims are angry at non-Muslims for criticizing and satirizing Islam... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I noted recently in this blog posting, the question of evil and suffering has been with humanity from the beginning -- and religion has no exhaustive, satisfying explanation for it. But over the centuries, artists, poets, playwrights and theologians... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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American clergy, it turns out, are suffering many of the same battles with weight and obesity afflicting the rest of the population, a new Baylor University study has found. Indeed, about one-third of clergy are obese, "with stress, longer hours,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There's a difference, it turns out, between being sensitive to the views of others and, on the other hand, caving in to myopic prejudice and radical wishful thinking. This is what HarperCollins discovered after it published a map of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Imagine, if you will, that you have decided upon several major goals in life -- goals that will engage much of the world and that, you hope, will turn the world toward your way of thinking. These goals will require... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Over the years, people of faith -- though obviously not enough of them -- have stood for civility in public discourse. But that is precisely what is so clearly lacking today, as talk show hosts outshout guests and as flamers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes it's hard not to feel some sympathy for elected people who love God and who think that the culture around them could use a bigger dose of the divine. Many are sincere and good citizens who simply want the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In this blog posting earlier this week, I said (again) that biblical literalists often miss the metaphor, myth and allegory in Bible stories, thus sort of missing the whole point. That, of course, is not to say that there is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The other day in an e-mail from a member of my extended-extended family, I read this: "I've always believed that everything happens for a reason." It saddened me to read that because I find it's not only bad theology but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes it's helpful to gain a new understanding of our context. This is true whether we're trying to figure out where our family has been and is headed, how to move our faith community into a new year or where... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Newsweek Magazine, now back in print, has stirred up at least part of the world of American Christianity by publishing this cover piece called "The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin," by Kurt Eichenwald. It will be instructive to look... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In a stock market downdraft, of which we've had plenty in my life, you know it's probably a good time to start buying when the market hits something called "capitulation." Investors just cave in and, bingo, the market hits a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog