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Religious Freedom?

Last Monday, I spent the first part of my day at the Indiana State House. Hoosiers gathered both in support and in opposition to Senate Bill 101, also known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. SB 101 would allow businesses in Indiana to refuse service to certain customers based on religious beliefs. The specific language […]

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White Noise: Why we need to stop talking about the SAE video

Dialogue is difficult, but never dangerous. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for all of the ways we exercise our freedom of speech. In the two weeks since the SAE video was revealed, we have expressed fear, outrage, disbelief, chagrin, dismay, utter ignorance and, perhaps the most powerful sentiment, a lack of surprise. As an […]

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Mourning The Passage of Time Without Change by Sal Zierler

Against the power of a solar storm, against the aurora showing off what beauty can be, the warning blasted and blinded me. Israel and Palestine, singed from the heavens, never to be? Forty years ago I walked these lands. Two years of taking in the wonder and horror, of history, of one day in East […]

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Gestures Matter

I wrote this while I was out of the country away from internet, away from television, away from radio, away from news of any kind—while I was somewhat ill-informed about what was currently happening in the world. The news of the murder of three Muslim students by an atheist managed to cross my radar when […]

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A Sober Social Secular Lent

Many friends are surprised to hear that I have given up certain vices for Lent. They say, “I thought you weren’t religious” or “Uh oh! Don’t tell the other atheists!” and I smile and clarify that while I’m participating in the season of Lent, I’m really just doing it in solidarity with my partner who […]

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Walking Together Through the “Valley of the Shadow of Death”

It seems almost a cliché to be sitting here writing about death, here in Boston with eight feet of snow pressing in on all sides, the bitter winter winds howling just outside my windows. But if seemingly endless winter can inspire the Russians to create such darkly beautiful literature, perhaps it can work its magic […]

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Laughter and Postponing Lent

In case you haven’t heard, we’ve recently gotten a little snow in Boston. Just a little? Okay, it’s more like seven feet, but who’s counting? At Andover Newton Theological School, located in the Greater Boston area, we have had to cancel six days of classes in the past 3 weeks. This has led to frustration […]

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Worn Pews, Faith in the Midst of Tragedy

I spent much of the last month on a personal trip traveling through several cities in Europe. I passed through Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, and Paris. Being a seminary student, I was very excited to see the many important religious sites in these cities, places I usually could only read about in a church history book. […]

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The Kaleidoscope of Activism (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1) Below is a catalogue of activist methodologies, defined and listed according to aims, vulnerabilities, recommendations, and real-world examples. This categorization may help you to develop some ideas about how to advance your movement, and to locate your efforts within the many types of activism. JOURNALISTIC ACTIVISM Methodologies: Write and report arguments and […]

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The Paradox of Knowing

This was my thought: “Is God sad over us – for our selfishness, our disconnection, our paving a path to the extinction of life on a planetary scale – which includes ourselves?” So I reached out in my limited ways to those whose culture, religion, education, and experience were quite different from my own, asking […]

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