Being a bit more like Thumper…

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A week or so ago my Rabbi sent a newsletter about "being like Thumper".You know,"If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."I've been thinking a bit about it lately, especially in light of my [forever ongoing] legal drama. I've been thinking about the posts I've written. I've been honest, but I haven't always been kind. Is it really harmful to say the truth? I mean, is it so bad? Surely telling the truth, even if unkind, isn't a bad thing? Isn't honesty a … [Read more...]

Rabbi to Lead Unitarian Universalist Congregation…thoughts?

Jews praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur. (1878 painting by Maurycy Gottlieb)

I recently saw this article on the Huffington Post:Q&A With Rabbi Set to Lead a Unitarian-Universalist CongregationShe says, in response to a question about whether Rabbis should only serve the Jewish people: I am so glad you asked this. In part, I agree. Where we disagree is about (a) whether all rabbis should focus on only Jewish people and (b) what it means to serve the Jewish people. I have long been a servant for people of all backgrounds - that is part of my vocation. By being … [Read more...]

Interview with a “de-convert” from Christianity to Atheism

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I want to remind any readers that I am interviewing because I feel that, despite any differences in belief, those of us who choose a different faith are alike. We long for a better fit, and we seek it out despite personal or professional costs.The first interview with someone who moved from one faith to another is…anonymous. Seriously. Here’s my interview with him, including why he feels that anonymity is required despite living in a “free” country.The Interview Questions:1) What w … [Read more...]

Hey Convert – I want to Speak with You

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I am strongly interested in why people choose the faiths that they choose. Why do some stay with their birth faith, while others leave it? Why do some choose no faith at all (not necessarily atheism or agnosticism, but nothing), while others convert?These are the questions that I want to answer.So far, I have scheduled two interviews for this blog. One converted from one branch of Christianity to another, and the other went from fundamentalist/Evangelical Christianity to Atheism.If … [Read more...]

Is Interfaith Dialogue Worth The Trouble?

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Interfaith dialogue is a mainstay of modern interfaith relations. It is touted as a way to bring communities together and find common ground. I'm not sure I could find many theists who would say, "Yeah, interfaith dialogue is a bad thing." No one says that, at least not openly. But is it true that interfaith dialogue is always helpful? Definition I guess we'd have to start with a definition of interfaith dialogue, right? Generally when I think of "interfaith dialogue", I think of a panel of … [Read more...]


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