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Love Thy Neighbor Rally

Thursday evening, July 21st, in response to the tragedies of the past weeks and more Lynnwood held a Love Thy Neighbor Rally. The Mayor and Chief of Police both spoke eloquently and with great compassion – as did the President … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter

I’ve been trying to process what has happened recently – not only the events themselves but also our reactions to them. Two men of color shot by the police. And what leaps out at us is that these aren’t isolated … Continue reading

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Six Years Together

I want today to be a celebration of something truly special and remarkable.  Today concludes six wonderful years together as the Living Interfaith Church.  In September we will come together to begin our seventh year.  But while today will still … Continue reading

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What Is Prayer?

On May 5th we had a double whammy of a day.  It was, for one thing, Holocaust Remembrance Day.  But it was also the National Day of Prayer.  I shared some thoughts about Holocaust or Shoah Remembrance in our monthly … Continue reading

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BREAKING FREE FROM OUR “ME”-CENTRIC PRISON

Buckle up. We’re going to talk about some difficult stuff this morning. But I’m going to give away the ending. There is hope, there is a better world waiting if we will come together and commit to it. Our choice. … Continue reading

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Words Matter

When we’re kids, I think most if not all of us learned the ditty: “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never harm me.” But the truth of it is, words can harm us. And words can … Continue reading

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An Epidemic of Blinders

Buckle up. Every now and then, I get my dander up. No, I have no idea what that means except to say that today my dander is up. Since our last service, when there was this big question mark listed … Continue reading

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In Quest of the Universal Chanukah – A Personal Reflection

Chanukah is the celebration of the Maccabee victory in the second century BCE over Antiochus of Syria. Antiochus had forbidden Jews to practice their religion and had desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem. Specifically, Chanukah is a celebration of the rededication … Continue reading

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Thanks for What?

As everyone here is well aware, last Thursday was a national holiday. We call it “Thanksgiving.” Most of the time, we don’t go a lot further than that in contemplating the day. So this morning I’d like to pose a … Continue reading

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Disunited Nations

Having just recited the United Nations Charter, two things come to mind. First, what a tremendous charter: it sounds so very wonderful. Second, signed 70 years ago this past June, it sounds very much like fantasy. The real United Nations … Continue reading

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Spiritual Humility – The Faith of Interfaith

At the Living Interfaith presentation (by Steven Greenebaum and Cathy Merchant) a half hour service, including crucial the crucial elements that help to make Living Interfaith services safe, sacred space was offered.  This included a short homily on spiritual humility … Continue reading

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Ingathering & Jewish New Year

We begin our sixth year today, six years of coming together to celebrate each other’s spiritual paths without hierarchy. That we gather today ever so slightly auspicious because tomorrow night is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. I have to … Continue reading

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What IS Interfaith? ~ Celebrating Our First Five Years

There are many reasons that one might wish pause and reflect a bit. One is a heart attack and triple bypass surgery! Another is a dream, a dream almost mystical in nature, that reaches the threshold of five full years … Continue reading

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Roadblocks on the Road to Meaning

Many of you know that my favorite musical is “Man of La Mancha.” In it, amongst all the glorious music, is a particularly poignant moment. Cervantes is telling his fellow prisoners that in war he has held dying men in … Continue reading

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Sometimes Uncomfortable Is A Good Thing

Given the title, and my adventures these past couple of months, you might be forgiven for thinking that what we’ll be talking about this morning has something to do with heart attacks and open-heart surgery. Something about … “Look on … Continue reading

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Celebrating Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! In deference to my modestly delicate condition, let’s do things just a little differently this morning. For one thing, I think I’d like to sit. For another, it’s a good time to try something a little new. … Continue reading

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Spiritual Humility

As most of you know only too well, my second book was published mid-October, and I made a book tour of the West Coast to talk about it. This was my second book tour. As with the first one not … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur and Forgiveness

(This is from the September 27th service) To err is human, to forgive divine. As we are in the midst of the High Holy Days of Judaism, I hope you’ll allow me the arrogant gesture of tweaking Alexander Pope’s wise … Continue reading

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Columbus Day – Whose Country Is This?

Thank you, Gayle, for playing “All Or Nothing” for our offertory. I never saw the musical “Oklahoma” on the stage, but I did see the movie. Even as a child, while the song was fun, the concept seemed dumb. All … Continue reading

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An Interfaith Life

Today we begin our fifth year together.  We do so in a new home, on a new day, at a new time.  Other than that, everything’s the same. I think it’s a good thing to shake things up every five … Continue reading

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