Pentecost!

black and white wall hanging of dove signifying the holy spirit

Pentecost was yesterday. My favorite Christian holy day. While it’s not the shiniest, or the loudest, or even the most significant (some would say) theologically, it’s still my favorite. Pentecost has great elements: fire, heat, light, freedom, wind, caring, and preaching. But best of all, Pentecost has the Holy Spirit.   [Read more...]

New Magazine: PLGRM

PLGRM cover designed by Ryan Kemp-Pappan

The first time I saw the title of the new magazine, PLGRM, I thought, “Plagiarism?” Okay, no. It’s PILGRIM. And an awesome new magazine published by Landon Whitsitt. Landon asked me to write there, so I partnered with a friend, Rabbi Rebecca Ben-Gideon. We wrote about the joys of chavrutot. That’s study partners. Rebecca and I [Read More...]

Why Should You Care?

Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless. Exodus 22:22-24 I’ve been blogging a lot more about sex [Read More...]

Boundaries In Action

I had a former congregant call a while back about her teenage daughter, coming out as bisexual. There was none of the usual upset, no “I’m not going to have grandchildren,” or “Will my daughter still be able to go to heaven?” She and her husband were happy that their daughter felt free to tell [Read More...]

One Way or Another

Years ago, driving down the street in El Salvador, I learned that it’s okay to go the wrong way down a one-way street. You just have to go backwards. I also learned something else on that one way street with no outlet: politicians always work on the streets during an election year. I know that [Read More...]


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