On Disagreements and Discrimination

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[Author’s Note: This post deals with currently controversial intersections between religion and politics.  I share it with you all not to create disagreement or strife, but because I think it’s important to cogently work through these situations together and because I think they’re illustrative of a deeper issue within the American public square.]In interfaith, it’s all too easy to see another’s point of view during a conversation.  I don’t have to agree with a dialog partner, but I can usual … [Read more...]

Interfaith God Parenting

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This is a late addition to the Patheos Symposium regarding Passing on the Faith.  In this symposium, authors from across multiple channels were asked to offer their perspective on educating children in matters of faith.I've never seen myself as good parenting material.  Many disagree with me, but I know that I much prefer kids in small doses.  Especially when they can go home to someone else's home at the end of the day.  My wife and I have struggled with this because she greatly desires a ch … [Read more...]

What do Gerald Gardner and Mary Baker Eddy have in common?

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This month, Women of Faith discussed our perspectives on women in the workplace as it relates to our religious paths. Our discussion primarily boiled down to a woman's choice to work outside the home or to stay at home and by and large, we agreed that a woman has the right to choose her occupation. We have a bit of a sampling bias, all of us being strong-willed women, so this came as no surprise. Methodist Cindy and UU Jill told us about their respective organizations' statements on fair labor … [Read more...]

The Global Public Square

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The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity (paperback, kindle) is a book that starts and ends on high notes, but there are some dissonant chords in the middle.  When I first heard that this book was going to be available as an option within our book club here at Patheos, I wondered how an idea that seems so obvious to me could necessitate 212 pages to cover.  And, unfortunately, after reading the book, I think the answer is:  it doesn't.The book d … [Read more...]

On Common Ground is Powerful New Resource

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The Pluralism Project of Harvard University has released On Common Ground, a comprehensive online resource, this permutation replacing the former published book versions. Here you will find a world of information on religions, the religious landscape of America, essays on interfaith topics.I found the Essays section quite interesting, addressing some real-life issues that many of us have faced (or will, in time).“From Diversity to Pluralism” - about why diversity in our communities is not … [Read more...]

One Year Later

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My personal and professional life have been keeping me pretty much disconnected from my usual routines, and to be honest, I didn't know what I wanted to write about today until I noticed the date:  August 5th.One year ago today, a gunman opened fire in a Sikh gurdwara killing six worshipers and then himself.I can honestly say that I cannot even begin to understand that experience.  When I was practicing Judaism, there were occasions where our synagogue was vandalized with swastika or o … [Read more...]

Hospital Chaplaincy, an Interfaith Challenge

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Hospital chaplaincy is an often misunderstood vocation. Many unfamiliar with the work of the hospital chaplain equate it with ministry, but that is not what it is at all. Ministers seek to bring a specific message to those with whom they work. Hospital chaplains lay aside their personal beliefs at the door to the patient’s room and seek instead to immerse themselves in the spiritual worldview of the patient or the patient’s family.At Huntsville Hospital where I am working we have one per … [Read more...]

Does your Religion Make You Happy?

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So, I've been on a writing hiatus for a little while because of all of my children, my Master's thesis has been the most difficult. It has taken six years to be born and while I would like for it to have sprung fully formed from my head, the process has been more like Leto in perpetual labor. Without my dear friends and relations cheering me on, there is no way I would be able to finish. I just have to give it one final push and my little contribution to science will have been born. I'll let you … [Read more...]


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