What’s the Big Deal?

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Speaking from the perspective of the Jewish tradition, Rabbi Cohen will speak about the notion of brit, of covenant. This is a fancy word for contract, for our human connections to each other and to the transcendent. Phil Cohen, Ph.D., is the rabbi for Agudas Israel Congregation. His academic interests include Jewish theology and philosophy, bioethics, interfaith relations/dialogue, and […]

What Is This Thing Called Love?

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We write about it, sing about it, sign our letters with it. But what is it? This year, the day after Valentine’s day, let’s take a moment to wonder what is this thing called Love? Joan has degrees from the United Theological School in Dayton and Antioch New England Graduate School, as well as advanced […]

Peace for Your Busiest Days

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February 8 – 10:30am Pat Wakeley We’ve all heard that spiritual practice of one kind or another can lead to inner peace. Meditation, mindfulness, and their cousins can help us feel centered and emotionally steady. Yet some days are so hectic, so over-committed to endless tasks, that there is no time for meditating or any […]

A People of Faith

“What does it mean to be a people of faith?” asks the Soul Matters guide for February. The packet begins by offering two quotes: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole stair case,” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and “I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap, […]

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 […]