OMG—My Brackets are SO BUSTED!

This blog post is SO late, but I decided to write it using March Madness—the NCAA Basketball tournament as a clever metaphor. Then two #2 seeded teams were beaten by two #15 seeded teams, something that has NEVER happened in the history of the tournament and I realized that the unexpected in a college basketball tournament is more than a clever metaphor—it is a laboratory of contemporary life. “March Madness” is an interesting distraction that has evolved into a significant American culture athl … [Read more...]

Should We Teach Disgust As A Religious Value?

“Disgust is one of the six basic human emotions that any healthy adult can experience and recognize. Emotional disgust is the only one, among living creatures, that’s unique to humans, and the only one that has to be learned.” (“What We Find Gross, and Why,” Robin Matrantz Henig, a review in the NYT 1/20/12 of That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion by Rachel Herz)After reading the review of Herz’s book, I also heard her discuss it on NPR and I began to wonder about our col … [Read more...]

Here a Zealot, There a Fanatic, Everywhere an Extremist!

"Things fall apart, the center does not hold…” W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” 1919Ninety-three years ago in January 1919, Yeats published “The Second Coming” in the aftermath of the war to end all wars and the Spanish Influenza pandemic, two events that destroyed millions of lives and the hope of progress which the 20th century had promised. Now in January 2012 we can look back at Yeats’ classic poetic idiom with a deeper and more profound appreciation for its prophetic impulse. While we can … [Read more...]

If the Last Supper was a Seder, then did Jesus celebrate Hannukah?

Joseph Edelheit, is a Reform Rabbi—retired from Temple Israel, Minneapolis in 2001—and now Director and Professor of Religious and Jewish Studies at St Cloud State University. His D Min is in Christian Theology from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He is a founding Director of Living India an NGO doing HIV/AIDS work in rural India. He has been called, Solomon Porch’s Rabbi where he teaches and does dialogue sermons with Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones.This semester in my semi … [Read more...]