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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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The Continuing High Cost of Cheap

We’ve talked about this before, but I think the horrific fire and the resulting deaths in Bangladesh require that we revisit the topic.  Hundreds who worked under what the Pope is now calling slave conditions, were burned to death.  And … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday and Passover

This Sunday, thanks to a quirk in the calendar, Palm Sunday comes one day before Passover begins.  I don’t want to ignore either holy day, so at Living Interfaith were having a “twofer.”  We usually have a service and then … Continue reading

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A Matter of Values

Do you know the name Charles Poland?  I believe you should.  And that you probably don’t, or at best know the name only in passing is why I’ve put Sunday’s sermon on hold and have spent the morning doing some … Continue reading

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The Power of Appreciation

This morning when I rose and strode into the bathroom I stepped into a puddle.  At first I thought the toilet was leaking, but as I mopped things up water hit my head and I realized the leak was from … Continue reading

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Revenge of the Croutons

I had a hard time sleeping last night and made the mistake of turning on the radio where there happened to be an overnight talk-show discussion of why we need a “melting pot” and not a “salad bowl” culture.  As … Continue reading

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Demonizing Compassion

We are in the midst of Chanukah, a celebration of the human right to be free to pray.  Christmas approaches – a celebration of the Prince of Peace, who tried to teach us to love and care for each other.  … Continue reading

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The Politics of Intolerance

I continue to find myself both sickened and deeply saddened by the murders of the U. S. Ambassador to Libya and at least three others of our diplomatic corps.  Nothing is simple.  We all know that.  So before moving on … Continue reading

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Murdering 77 People is NOT a Sane Act!

Norway has tried and convicted a mass murderer, and found him* sane.  I think that’s a mistake – on several levels.  At its most basic, do we truly believe that a slaughter of innocents in order to make a political … Continue reading

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Are War and Terrorism Paranoid Acts?

Two books were brought to my attention today.  One was “Terror in the Mind of God” by Mark Juergensmeyer.  The other was “Faces of the Enemy – The Psychology of Enmity” by Sam Keen.  Both books sound insightful and important … Continue reading

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Remembering Tiananmen Square

Twenty-three years ago June 3rd, my heart was broken.  Like so many, I had been glued to my television, watching the drama unfold in China’s Tiananmen Square.  I had been filled with such a feeling of hope.  Surely the Chinese … Continue reading

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In Praise of Perspective

A shout out to my friend, Steve Crawford.  Thanks to his good influence, my travels today will be far, far happier. This morning was the morning from hell.  Amtrak New York was, how should I put this … not very … Continue reading

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Visiting Washington, DC

Last night I had dinner with an Imam and two members of his mosque. It was a warm and delightful as well as educational time. This morning it was back to back radio interviews. The second one lasted past the … Continue reading

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Must I Leave My Spiritual Path to Embrace Interfaith?

I’ve been an Interfaith minister for over five years.  I’ve been asked many questions about Interfaith, particularly as I see Interfaith as a faith.  But by far the question that is asked the most often, and with the most anguish … Continue reading

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Medicine Shortage – A Spiritual Matter?

You may or may not be aware of the serious shortage of certain cancer and other critical medicines.  Our news media, when they cover it at all, tend to give it a “Gee, isn’t that a shame!” before moving on … Continue reading

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Passover and Easter – Celebrating Both, Denigrating Neither

I am so looking forward to this Sunday.  Passover begins Friday night, and Easter is Sunday morning.  We plan to celebrate and honor both, Living Interfaith style.  As it’s developed, that’s a rather special style.  We are not going to … Continue reading

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The Interfaith Alternative

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