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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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When charitable organizations go bad, it hurts not just those people they're supposed to be helping. It also can hurt other charities that get tarred by association even though they had nothing to do with the bad apple. It will... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Each year in honor of Presidents' Day, fifth graders at St. Paul's Episcopal Day School in Kansas City do some research on our nation's presidents, write papers about them and put on an evening event at which students deliver short... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Over the years -- in several different venues -- I have written and spoken about how religion and science relate and about what each can contribute to society. But despite lots of conversation about all of this across the land,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Religion has its explanations of the physical universe. These explanations are intriguing, helpful but almost entirely unscientific. Science has its explanations, too. One of the differences is that science concedes that much more about the cosmos is unknown than is... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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An important international story that's been pretty much underplayed by lots of the media in the U.S. is the disastrous water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa, which is suffering through a drought that now has lasted three years. That... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As Christians enter the season of Lent today, I want to stop to pay tribute to a Mormon family that produced a son I have long admired. Jon M. Huntsman Sr. just died. He was the father of Jon Huntsman... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the most remarkable men I've ever known is a former associate pastor of my congregation, the Rev. Ron Roberts (shown in the center of this photo). Ron has lived with deep joy and deep sorrow and somehow managed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I was introduced to Hinduism at an unusually young age for an American of my generation. It was in 1956, when my nuclear family moved to India so my father could be part of a University of Illinois agriculture team... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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What are Christians to make of Jack Spong? As the former Episcopal bishop of Newark, N.J., and a prolific author, John Shelby Spong has spent the last several decades trying to get Christians to see what needs to change about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Yesterday, here on the blog, I noted at the end of the post that U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was facing a moral question of how to lead Congress to deal fairly with the Dreamers. Ryan's situation is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Those of you who read me regularly and are from Kansas City know that I've been disappointed that The Kansas City Star, for which I was a full-time employee for nearly 37 years, no longer has a Faith section and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As church attendance declines -- as it mostly has been doing in the U.S. since the 1960s -- many churches are trying to figure out whether they can survive and, if so, whether they can maintain their church building. My... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The unfortunate and avoidable dispute about legislation in Poland that would make it a crime for people to blame Poland for what Nazi Germany did there in the Holocaust has been largely focused on broad public policy. What did Germany... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Now that Sam Brownback has left the office of governor of Kansas and become U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, I want to return to the subject supposedly at the heart of his new job. Just what do Americans mean... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It may come as no surprise to you if you are one of my regular readers here or in other venues that I have no dog in the Super Bowl fight on Sunday. If the Kansas City Chiefs were in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Forty years ago this fall, when I became a member of Second Presbyterian Church of Kansas City, Barbara Loots was my sponsoring elder. Which mostly just meant she showed me around and encouraged me to find my place in that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In countless ways, religion is focused on death -- sometimes even to the point that it can move people to limit their focus on life itself and thus miss half the party. Some faith traditions warn of the terrible punishments... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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You can find in the world's great religions a pretty consistent teaching about the need to be good stewards of Earth and its atmosphere. Earth, after all, is seen as part of God's creation, and one of the tasks given... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As I mentioned yesterday here on the blog, World Interfaith Harmony Week starts Thursday. And the good news for folks in the Kansas City area is that there's a film festival to mark the occasion. The festival is sponsored by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The day after tomorrow, Sam Brownback (pictured here) will resign as governor of Kansas and officially become the U.S. ambassador at-large for international religious freedom, which means he'll head the U.S. State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom. The question... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the most appalling news stories (How do we pick among them?) of recent months has been the conviction of former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar on multiple charges of sexual abuse. But as The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The U.S. a few days ago witnessed another "March for Life," the annual demonstration against the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. One of the primary motivators behind this anti-abortion movement is the Catholic Church's position as well... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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There's no question that much has changed in the U.S. since Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as president a little more than a year ago. You have your own list of changes and I have mine. And we have our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The government shutdown confirmed what most Americans already knew -- our political system is broken. Like a marriage, it cannot operate in a healthy way when trust disappears. And it's pretty clear by now that the major players in our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Many of us who are old enough to remember the Little Rock Nine and their efforts to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock in 1957 have, over the years, had a lot of respect for the nine African-American students... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog