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The joint Hevruta class offered between the Reconstructionist Rabbinic College and LTSP has had a tremendous impact on my teaching. I write about that, including its impact on my new Software Exegesis course for the Wabash Center teaching blog. Oh, and about the "rabbits," Rabbis-In-Traiining are affectionally called rabbits.
While serving with the ELCA in Cairo Egypt from 1999-2007 I had the privilege of serving as the pastor at St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo for four years. St. Andrew’s is an international congregation that provided a worship home for people from all around the world.
With all the uproar over the "mosque at Ground Zero," it might have been easy to miss how deeply East Africa is, again, in trouble. Sudan teeters on another civil war. In Mogadishu, Somalia on August 24, more than two-dozen died in a paramilitary attack on a hotel just a half-mile from the presidential palace. And the World Cup bombing in Kampala, Uganda killed over 70.
I sat in on the alto sax with the excellent choir at the Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ last night as Jeremiah Wright, Jr.
One sad trend in the current controversy over pedophilia in the church is how it has encouraged yet another rank of people of privilege in America to represent themselves as victims. Otherwise mature Americans, mostly white, mostly male, mostly well-off, mostly well-educated Catholic leaders--have taken to claiming prejudice. Let’s cut through this nonsense: despite the moral panic about pedophilia, and corresponding Catholic
Connections between religion and advertising are mutual and frequent in American public life. Yet the post-September television advertisements of two major automobile companies seem to have crossed a troubling threshold.
Jesus and Buddha both made appearances at the July 2 Live 8 concert here in Philadelphia. The two peacefully coexisted at this pluralistic justice-fest, where ethics of interdependence and love merged with a dash of Protestant missionary revivalism.
I have been to Westgate Mall in Nairobi, the scene of the horrific hostage scenario perpetrated last week by the Somali Islamist organization al-Shabab that killed up to 150. In fact, I ran afoul of the security guards at the mall. I was simply trying to take pictures; something I’ve done in malls all over the world, as profiled in Helene Klodawsky’s documentary film Malls R Us, and in my book Shopping Malls and Other Sacred Spaces.
We saw the movie Prisoners this past weekend and I squirmed in my seat more than once. The movie is a tense psychological thriller about the lengths a father will go to when his daughter and her friend go missing while walking one day. The tension is palpable throughout the movie and the premise is one of my worst nightmares as a parent.