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Atheist Diversity: Don’t Define Me By What I’m Not

Atheists are having a big week in the news. Data analysts reported that the atheist subreddit is the third most toxic group on Reddit, coming in behind a men’s rights group and followers of a racist radio program. Then, CNN showed a Special Report on Atheism in the United States, attempting to showcase the highs […]

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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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Celebrating Women’s Interfaith History

March is women’s history month and usually that means a celebration of women from a national or cultural perspective. In the United States that implies celebrating American women of independence, courage and fortitude, whether they are white, black or Latina. More importantly, however, I believe that we must also celebrate women from an interfaith perspective, […]

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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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Art and Soul?

The world is a hard place. Too many hours in front of the 24-hour News Networks and one can feel desolate in the face of Sisyphean problems in the world. ISIS in Iraq. Boko Haram in Nigeria. The Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. Strife between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar. Israel and Palestine on the […]

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Holy Day Solidarity

I wasn’t sure I wanted to do anything for Lent. It’s a little bit of an awkward season for Unitarian Universalists, anyway. As I said to my partner, “For Christians, it’s all: ok, let’s be sad and somber until Easter, and then—surprise!—Jesus is alive again!” And cue the choruses of “Christ the Lord is Risen […]

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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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