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My regular readers know that I have long been an advocate for improved religious literacy -- that skill that allows us to understand not only our own faith tradition, if any, but also have a decent grasp of the traditions... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
If you read this piece I wrote this summer in The National Catholic Reporter, you know that it was 40 years ago that the first women were ordained as priests in the Episcopal Church. Those ordinations first were deemed irregular... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
As I have noted often since 9/11, Islam is in a struggle for its very soul. Terrorists who justify their brutality on the basis of some twisted form of the religion stand against those Muslims who understand and promote what... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
Thanks for sharing this.
The issue of domestic violence has been brought front and center in the last week or two by the NFL's outrageous failure to handle the Rice case well. This is leading to an important and necessary conversation within faith communities... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
As something of a follow-up to yesterday's 9-11 anniversary posting, I want to tell you about a new book that explores what the Qur'an means to American Muslims. Qur'an in Conversation, compiled and edited by Michael Birkel, who teaches religion... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
Because I'm both a journalist and a member of a 9/11 family, every year on this date I feel as if I'm expected to write again about the murder of my nephew, a passenger on the first plane to hit... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
Although it's pretty clear that this ship has sailed, there continues to be debate about how people of faith should view homosexuality. An old Christian tradition -- wrong from the first -- says that homosexuality is a sin condemned by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
In recent weeks, a Bible study group I help to lead looked at the two (yes, there are two) creation stories in the book of Genesis to see how they fit together (not very well) and what we might make... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
In some ways, religiously based bigotry is simply another form of bullying. Think of a female Muslim teen-ager in a Western culture who gets teased and harrassed when she wears a hijab over her hair. Or think of Jewish boys... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
From the moment in 1945 that allied troops began to liberate the death camps that had been created and operated by Nazi Germany, people around the world have wondered how a nation of presumably civilized people could have led such... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
What do you do when something you've been taught as a religious truth runs into a different truth that is held by nearly all well-educated people in the world? That's what I wondered the other day when I made my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
In the years since 9/11 I have written a lot about Islam. (In fact, Islam is the subject in my National Catholic Reporter column that posted yesterday.) Among other things, I traveled to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uzbekistan in 2002... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
Over the years, Fuller Theological Seminary in California has had a deserved reputation as a center of evangelical Christianity. But it has not been exclusively that. Rather, it also has allowed the presence of other voices from different Christian traditions.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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 Sep 1, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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 Aug 31, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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 Aug 29, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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 Aug 28, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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 Aug 27, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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 Aug 26, 2014 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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
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
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
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
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