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“You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me”: On Robin Williams, Suicide, Ultimate Concern, and Actual Hope for the Rest of Us, Part I

*TRIGGER WARNINGS* suicide, self-harm, depression Over this past month, prompted by Ramadan, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a good person in the world.  It’s way harder than it seems, and I’m still trying to sort out how to do that.  I imagine that this will be an ongoing process throughout my […]

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Enough of the “Nice Age”: Why Faith Communities Ought to Be at the Forefront of Advocacy for Immigrants

I love my faith community. But, in a lot of ways, we’re too safe. Granted, we are not unlike any number of faith communities populated by kind, caring people who genuinely desire to worship their Ultimate Concern and to live a life consistent with that Ultimate Concern. However, our “safe-ness” means the endangerment of others. […]

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God loves you?

I recently had my first opportunity to go through the grueling experience known as “applying for a pastoral ministry position.”  Going into it, I had no idea that this process would be intense in ways that other jobs I have applied for would not even come close to.  I completely understand and appreciate the in-depth […]

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The Valley of the Shadow of Death – Seeking a Jewish Afterlife

A month ago, my mother-in-law’s brother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Tom (may his memory be for a blessing), was far too young, too healthy, and too committed to his family for anyone to accept his sudden death as anything but a shock. When leaving the funeral, my mother-in-law, Linda — who is a catholic […]

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The Roman Jewish Vigil for Israel

In the Piazza della Rotunda of the Pantheon, at the heart of Rome, there was a rally in support of Israel held by the historic Roman Jewish community. Traces of trauma from World War II are here, scattered throughout the cobblestone streets in gold plaques marking former homes of Jews murdered over the tortuous last years […]

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An Open Letter to President Lindsay of Gordon College

This article was first published at “NEWSPEAK,” a blog for POLITICS, RELIGION, AND EDUCATION. The recent ruling from the Supreme Court pertaining to the Hobby Lobby challenge to specific forms of birth control has caused quite a stir. Therefore, I am compelled to write this after President Lindsay of Gordon College, my alma mater, provided his support to […]

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The Military & Religious Devotees (A Memorial Day Reflection)

On my 18th birthday, I boarded a plane from Nashville, Tennessee to embark on an entirely new adventure.  I remember being absolutely terrified for a couple of reasons.  First, this was the first time that I had ever flown on a plane.  I grew up poor in a small, rural city in south central Kentucky […]

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Should Faith Communities Use Trigger Warnings?

A growing number of college campuses are considering including “trigger warnings” on literature and writing that students may find upsetting due to past trauma. The Great Gatsby, for example, may come with warnings for students affected by misogynistic violence. Advocates of trigger warnings claim that they make classrooms safe and healthy learning environments for rape […]

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Confession of a Gay Hypocrite

I have a confession to make: Despite all of the ways I speak and write and work for the cause of LGBTQ justice, I recently became a hypocrite to that cause. The scene for this failure was a visit to my alma mater for graduation weekend.  My significant other and I had decided to take […]

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On Loving the Stranger — Parashat Kedoshim

This week, we are returning once more to Parashat Kedoshim, filled with its many interpersonal mitzvot. In the opening verse of the 19th chapter of Leviticus, God enjoins us to be holy, for God, Godself, is holy. The chapter then lays out ways in which we are to be holy, including proper ritual and interpersonal […]

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