Climate Change: Beyond the Science; Perspectives from a Climate Scientist

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Climate change is much larger than a political or scientific issue. It is important, as people of faith, to examine what is happening to people and communities, both within and beyond our country. This talk will present a handful of vignettes detailing climate change’s impacts on several communities, and will tie these events to what we know and […]

New Moment, Fresh Resolve

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“Keep fresh before me, the moments of my high resolve.” – Howard Thurman. Martin Luther King, Jr. moved people to sustained nonviolent action. Every year, on MLK day, his words stir us and for the most part we let that be enough. This year feels different. Current events make it so. King said, “There comes a time when […]

Many Pieces, One Me

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Integrity is the worship theme for January. The Soul Matters materials point out that our faith tradition is more about wholeness than simple goodness. Don’t “be perfect. Be yourself!” “Know what makes you uniquely you and live from that place.” Yeah, right. Easier said than done. And yet, the I that I am is the one who loves […]

New Leaves, Good Intent

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We all have different intentions for the New Year – to carry on important work or memories, to let go of habits or thoughts that weigh us down, to appreciate what we have, and to make improvements where we can. The harmony of different directions and aims working together with individual spark and flavor forms our community. Paper […]

Time: Line or Circle?

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Facing a new year we are aware of the passage of time. Whether we see time as a series of cycles or a straight line into the future can make a big difference. What do spiritual traditions teach about this? Rabbi Phil Bentley is Senior Rabbinic Scholar at Agudas Israel Congregation. He has served several […]

Awake to a Solstice Christmas

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This will be the shortest day of the year. The sun begins its return, slowly and gradually, seconds at a time. Christmas comes and hope shows itself again. We celebrate and re-establish life and light and the joy and work of Christmas to lengthen our patience, and strengthen our commitment and courage for the days […]

A Wondrous Time

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If you can pause to think about it, that is what our lives should be, or maybe at least have a little of, everyday. Something beyond head down routine and survival. Where is the joy and wonder of being alive? Do I need to find it or make it or is it around me waiting […]

Science and Religion? I Wonder.

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Wonder requires an attitude of curiosity and engagement with life. Once we begin to understand religion as a broad word of orientation to life and love rather than a box of exclusive beliefs, religion and science can be thought of as ways to orient and wonder about different things. In my life, they complement each […]

Do You Hear?

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This Sunday marks the first Sunday of the Christian season of Advent, the time of preparation which leads up to Christmas. Advent is a season of anticipation and expectation. It carries with it a sense of tradition from the past and anticipation of the future, as well as the tension between living in the “already” […]

Graceful Living

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Yes, life does flow – as distant a feeling as that may seem as we struggle to hold it together. Graceful living comes around again. And one way to experience a graceful moment is to pause and be thankful, give thanks and experience it. In this service a stone in a pot becomes a rich, […]