Category Archives: Theology and Ethics

The Courage to Live

In the wise, charming and funny movie, You Can’t Take It with You (1938 Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director, Frank Capra), there’s a conversation on a park bench between Alice Sycamore (played by Jean Arthur) and Tony … Continue reading

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Different Visions

Jean and I attended the Women’s March in Boston last Saturday, one of 600+ marches worldwide, to promote a very different vision than that of President Trump.  It was exciting to be part of a crowd of 175,000 people, women, … Continue reading

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Spiritual Practices for Anxious Times

Here are some practices from the contemplative tradition which you may find helpful (and which I have been using) to cope with the shock of the recent election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Try meditation as … Continue reading

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Brexit and the Singing Horse

A man condemned to death told his king: “I could teach your horse to sing within a year.”  The king replied: “Very well. But if the horse is not singing a year from now you will be executed.”  On returning … Continue reading

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Tribe or Beloved Community

In High School I was taught that politics is the art of compromise.  It seems a self-evident aphorism since in a democracy there are usually opposing viewpoints but also a need to find agreement to move forward as a nation.  … Continue reading

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Saved From Sacrifice

Book Review: Saved From Sacrifice (Eerdmans, 2006) by S. Mark Heim. The Cross on which Jesus died is central to Christian faith, but what does it mean?  A longstanding and popular view has been called substitutionary penal atonement –the idea … Continue reading

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The Forsaken Garden

Nancy Ryley has written a challenging book, The Forsaken Garden (Quest Books, 1998), which arose from her own experience with what she calls “environmental illness” ( like allergies and cancer which are linked to environmental factors). Ryley developed so many … Continue reading

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