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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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In recent national elections, pundits and worse have paid lots of attention to how people of faith have voted. They calculate and pontificate about the so-called "Catholic Vote," the "Evangelical Vote," the "Jewish Vote" and even the "Muslim Vote." Some... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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On this Labor Day I invite you to think about a different kind of work -- labor not done by human hands but labor nonetheless. And to explore the possibility that such work is both necessary for survival and in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Saudi Arabia, though officially a Sunni Muslim country, is deeply conflicted when it comes to religion and what flows from religion. It is, first, committed to the strict Wahabbi form of Islam. But even when you say that you have... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. -- Our friends who live here part of the year and in Kansas City the other part say they had never seen Greers Ferry Lake so smooth, polished, burnished to look like a mirror. That lustrousness did... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As the whole mess in Ferguson, Mo., has played itself out, I've been thinking about what role members of the clergy have been playing there -- in part because I know of one Kansas City pastor who was called to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the most difficult concepts for white people (I'm one) to understand is what's called "white privilege." It's a reference to advantages that white people have, often without realizing that non-whites don't have the same advantages. The concept has... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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All right. Today I'm going to toss a bit of welcome light into a world often full of the darkness of human indifference and hurt. Which means I'm going to point you toward a Tumblr blog that celebrates not aggressive... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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It was nearly time for Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn and me to start our presentation at the Holocaust Memorial Center in suburban Detroit a few weeks ago when I saw Zygie Allweiss arrive in a wheelchair. His daughter, Esther (pictured here... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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One of the most dangerous countries in the world -- but one with great potential -- is Pakistan. It's where Osama bin Laden found refuge -- though, ultimately, not from the Navy Seals. It's where "honor killings" still happen --... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As much as I despise war and violence, I am not a pacifist and I am glad to learn that neither is Pope Francis. Did you catch it the other day when, on a plane trip back from his journey... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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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 Aug 20, 2014 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 Aug 19, 2014 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 Aug 18, 2014 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 Aug 17, 2014 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 Aug 15, 2014 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 Aug 14, 2014 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