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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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It's almost inevitable that when I speak to groups about interfaith matters and ask them the name of the world religion with the most adherents, the first guess will be Islam. No. It's Christianity. At the moment the best guesses... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In my last National Catholic Reporter column, I suggested the churches rethink the processes they have created to ordain people to be pastors. There are lots of reasons to reconsider ordination, including the current danger that pastors who don't know... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As Christian churches in the U.S. try to find ways to be faithful to their theology and still seem relevant and useful to millennials and other younger people, they face a reality that the Rev. Jan Edmiston (pictured here in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I have been with quite a few people as they've neared death, but I've never heard anyone's last words. Both my parents died 500-some miles away from me, though I saw both of them within months or weeks of their... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the questions scholars of religion and others ask about the growing number of people in the U.S. (and Europe and some other places) abandoning institutional religion is: What is their image of God? Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As the various Seven Days events in Kansas City come to a fruition on Monday evening with a walk that starts at Union Station, I want to return to a panel discussion about "violence, community and faith" that took place... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A lot of Americans -- well, in fact, the majority of people who voted in the 2016 presidential race -- woke up the day after the election disappointed by the results of the race for the White House. We are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Scholars and various analysts have been trying to explain the sources of terrorism and the processes that lead to radicalization, starting (at least in the modern era) perhaps with the time in which Yasser Arafat led the Palestine Liberation Organization... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In the English-language Sunday evening worship service that my family attended at the Allahabad Agricultural Institute in India for a time in the 1950s, things usually began with words from the book of Habakkuk, "The Lord is in his holy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A fearful, insular nation, North Korea, led by a fearful, isolated leader, continues to try to make the world -- especially the West -- more fearful. Living in fear is exactly what healthy religion seeks to counteract. Why else is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Efforts to remodel, save, resurrect, reimagine, rebuild, refurbish and revivify Protestant Christianity have been almost endless over the last 50 or 60 years -- to say nothing of the last 500 years, when the Protestant Reformation began. Almost every Mainline... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As those of us who are Christian wind up Holy Week, we would do well to remind ourselves that sometimes our faith leaders have been charlatans, megalomaniacs, theological knaves. (Well, truth be told, that happens in faiths other than Christianity,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The term "family values" has been disastrously devalued in recent years. Somehow it has come to mean opposition to change, strident anger about LGBTQ people and positions in the so-called culture wars that advocate rolling back time to some imagined... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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My oldest stepson, Chris, is a special needs adult with a diagnosis of Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. Which simply means he has a seizure disorder of no known cause (it started a few months before he turned three) that leads to intellectual... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Every mosque, church, synagogue, temple or other house of worship speaks theologically through its architecture and through the various signs and symbols each contains. Often it takes time to become aware of all this and sometimes it requires help from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I recognize that most millennials and others younger than I am don't fill concert halls or churches to hear pipe organ music these days. Still, there's a place for the thundering, sweet tones that pipe organs produce by the hands... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I recognize that most millennials and others younger than I am don't fill concert halls or churches to hear pipe organ music these days. Still, there's a place for the thundering, sweet tones that pipe organs produce by the hands... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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This past Friday here on the blog, I wrote about foolish efforts to extend human life indefinitely. I suggested there that a better focus would be to accept the reality of our inevitable deaths, to provide excellent end-of-life care and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the things that has struck me when I've been in such countries as India and Saudi Arabia is the desire of young people there to go to the United States for a college education. In fact, when I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In 2004, not long after I moved my column from The Kansas City Star's editorial page to the Faith section, I wrote a fairly lengthy Page 1 story about the growing movement to lengthen human life. For this piece, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The Jewish season of Pesach, or Passover, begins at sundown this coming Monday. Passover celebrates the freedom the Hebrew people experienced when they escaped slavery in Egypt. But it also provides an annual opportunity to think again about what may... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There are several religious approaches to thinking about and dealing with Earth's environment. One is to think that it's less than 10,000 years old and before long will become irrelevant because the end of the world is near. Another is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I live walking distance from a couple of grocery stores, and once in awhile I actually do walk to them if my shopping list is short and light. Which is what I did the other day. As I crossed the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Religious congregations from all traditions and their clergy should be leaders when it comes to speaking out about basic human rights and dignity. And many do. But a new survey by the religious pollsters at Lifeway Research shows that not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I live walking distance from a couple of grocery stores, and once in awhile I actually do walk to them if my shopping list is short and light. Which is what I did the other day. As I crossed the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog