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Tammeus
Kansas City, Mo.
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As I've said here and in other venues more than once, one of the primary concerns of institutional religion -- at least in theory if not always in reality -- is for the welfare of people in poverty and need.... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Any time I read or hear about some kind of natural disaster or a catastrophe like a mass shooting, one of my first thoughts is for the clergy who will, necessarily, be required to respond in some way. They, too,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Because of the recent massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue, that city's elected officials are thinking note about what Congress or Pennsylvania's state legislators can do but, rather, what they can do locally to prevent deadly assault weapons from being used... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Today is a good day to remember that the three Abrahamic faiths -- Judaism, Christianity and Islam -- all have roots in Asia and that some of the early leaders in Christianity came from Africa. Why today? Because it was... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Given all the other news last week, much of related to the midterm elections, another mass shooting and run-amok forest fires in California, you may have missed something President Trump said in his post-election-day news conference: “I think I am... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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So here we are, 100 years from the end of World War I, known in its time as the Great War by people who did not imagine humanity capable of World War II. The poet Ezra Pound said that WWI... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Several times in recent years, I've written about why blasphemy laws should be abolished in various countries, especially in predominantly Muslim lands. Those laws violate the foundational right of freedom of religion and they make whatever religion the laws are... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The recent massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh has raised many questions about the state and nature today of the ancient hatred of the Jewish people called antisemitism. Resurgent antisemitism is a worldwide phenomenon, but it has different causes and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Institutional religion has a long record of expressing concern -- and active caring -- for people in poverty. In recent decades, in fact, an approach to faith called liberation theology has used this language: God has a "preferential option" for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Sometimes those of us who are members of an institutional religious organization get so caught up in the busy-ness of it and in the traditional rhythms found there that we lose touch with why we're part of it in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Several times since the 2013 election of Pope Francis (pictured here), and especially recently, I've written here and elsewhere about the troubling divisions in the Catholic Church. The split in Catholicism now has reached what many people consider a crisis... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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A time or two since his death on Oct. 22, I have mentioned the Rev. Eugene Peterson (pictured here), most well known for his paraphrase of the Bible called The Message. But because he was an important Mainline Protestant voice... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Giving books as holiday gifts shows recipients you care about their minds and that you are the type of person who is thoughtful enough to have considered what subject the recipients could use some help understanding. So if you have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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As people of faith argue about immigration policy in the U.S., it's helpful to think about what our various faith traditions tell us about welcoming strangers. A primary answer is simply this: Just do it. Why? Because we're all part... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Fifteen or so years ago, I attended a conference in the Washington, D.C., area for the benefit of journalists who cover religion. One of the speakers was a rabbi who helped to lead a national Jewish group. His opinion was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I admit that I did not follow the recent NCAA payment scandal and subsequent convictions at a trial very closely. It's not that I don't care about whether college athletics is on solid ethical ground. It's just that I had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Halloween, as you know, shows up later this week. For reasons perhaps only God and Sarah Huckabee Sanders could explain, it is becoming an increasingly popular and increasingly secular holiday. Once upon a time, people of faith, especially Catholics, knew... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Every religious tradition carries with it various customs, practices and rules. The rules are both written and unwritten. For instance, in the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Mainline Protestant denomination to which my congregation belongs, one of the written rules is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Do you know any true atheists? Not agnostics, not religiously unaffiliated people, but true atheists? In the U.S., they're pretty rare, though some among them, often referred to as the New Atheists, have been fairly aggressive in promoting their disbelief.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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The United Methodist Church -- a 12-million-member denomination that includes about seven million Americans -- is considering three plans for how to answer the questions regarding possible ordination of LGBTQ pastors and of same-sex marriage. At the moment, the church's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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I was on a road trip to Texas a week and a half ago when the late Archbishop Óscar Romero (pictured here) of El Salvador was canonized, and until now I haven't had a chance to pass along some thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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No doubt you've heard or read about how some 80 percent of white Christian evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race. And no doubt you've read that many of them are hanging with him, even though his... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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Because I have co-authored a Holocaust-related book, I stay alert for stories of the kind we tell in They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust. Which is why this recent New York Times story attracted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In his 1951 novel, Requiem for a Nun, William Faulkner wrote something that's useful today for understanding a little more deeply the Jamal Khashoggi Saudi-Turkey story: "The past is never dead. It's not even past." As this Foreign Policy piece... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog
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In the last few decades, German pastor, theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer has gone from largely unknown outside of certain Christian religious circles to a widely known hero among all kinds of people who don't agree with each other about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Bill's 'Faith Matters' Blog