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A Theology Fit for a Picnic

In the calendar of the Christian year, there is often a strange confluence of Trinity Sunday with Memorial Day weekend.  That’s true  this year when the secular holiday officially opening summer coincides with the liturgical holiday focusing on one of the more obscure doctrines of the Christian faith.  What is a preacher to do?  While the minds of  most members of a congregation are focused on their plans for a picnic at the beach, how does one make the Christian message relevant and compelling.  We give it a try.  Read more.


Split Screen in the Middle East – Finance and Fashion meet Fire and Fury

While the wealthy treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, and fashion icon and daughter of the President, Ivanka Trump, were celebrating the new US embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli troops were gunning down Palestinian protestors on the Gaza border.  This is a split screen that will fuel the fires of conflict in the Middle East for years to come. Tragic!



What is the date and meaning of Ramadan?

The season of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and lasts for 29 or 30 days, depending on the year.  It is marked by fasting; Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during the day, focusing upon prayer and submission to God in all things. This year Ramadan begins May 15 and ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr. Literally the “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.”  For the full Islamic calendar.


What is Eid ul-Fitr

Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Fitr, Id-ul-Fitr, or Id al-Fitr (Arabic: ‎عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr), sometimes shortened to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity,” while Fiṭr means “breaking the fast”. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of RamadanFor our complete Muslim holiday calendar.

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The Motherhood of God

Since we Christians, along with  our Jewish and Muslim cousins have devoted 2000 years or more to God the Father,  and our religions appear to be caught up in such a mess of trouble, both here in  the US with the sex abuse scandals and in the Middle East, perhaps its time for a  change of heart. I’m beginning to suspect that it’s too late for tinkering  around the edges. New policy statements from Rome, and new peace initiatives  from the failed leaders of political entities that are at war with each other  around the world may not be sufficient to address, let alone solve, the problems  that confront us. It may be time for a more fundamental change.  Read more ….


Is Mother’s Day a Christian Holiday?

Many people see Mother’s Day as a secular holiday, designed by the greeting card industry, promoted by restaurants, beloved by florists. Some clergy agree, objecting to the commercialism of the holiday. Does Mother’s Day have religious meaning? If so what is it? Just consider the witness of its founder, Anna Jarvis.

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Mother’s Day Prayer

Check out our lastest list of readings and prayers for Mother’s Day.  Mother’s Day Prayer.


The Date and Meaning of Mother’s Day 2018

The date of Mother’s Day in 2018 is May 13.  But you might also  be interested in learning more about the meaning and history of the holiday.  Read more …


Building A Wall

A Palestinian man walks past a graffiti depicting US President Donald Trump on the controversial Israeli separation barrier in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on August 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Musa AL SHAER

President Trump wants to build a wall between the US and Mexico, similar to the one between Israel and the West Bank, separating Israelis and Palestinians. One point the President might consider is that the Israeli wall is a global symbol of repression. It represents a failure of two peoples to live together as neighbors in peace. Do we actually intend to spend 18 billion of US taxpayer dollars erecting a new symbol of intolerance and repression on the US border? This would be the diametrical opposite of the Statue of Liberty which has been, until now, the symbol of the this country’s traditional attitude, welcoming those who want to migrate here. Should this wall ever be built, expect it to become a poster board for anti- America vitriol.

 


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