Posts Tagged ‘transformation’

Taken by Jenn Lindsay in Rome on July 17, 2014.

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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True dialogue doesn’t allow you to give up your distinct beliefs

I have to admit that sometimes I get weary of those Christians who, upon learning I am actively involved in different forms of interfaith dialogue, judge me as not being Christian enough.  The assumption goes that if you can “get along” and dialogue with those who believe and practice other religious faiths, you must have […]

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Why I will not apply for the Council on Foreign Relations’s “Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin”

State of Formation recently announced that it would nominate its Contributing Scholars to be featured in the Council on Foreign Relation’s “Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin.” This is a great chance both for State of Formation and for the writers on this blog. I have seen caring, critical engagement on this site, and I think […]

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Flossenbürg by A. Kryszczak - Przed blokiem XXIII (crop).jpg. "In front of block 23" Drawing by Stefan Kryszczak survivor of Flossenbürg concentration camp. Drawing done in ink on tracing paper. The heirs of this work's copyright holder (usually the creator) have released it into the public domain. This applies worldwide.

Unrateable Terrors

I help teach a university course on The Holocaust in Historical Context. It is, it should be, impossible to remain unaffected by immersive study of Western Antisemitism and how religious, economic, political, racial, nationalistic, and cultural trends intersected to culminate in the ghastly monstrosity of the Third Reich and its horrorhouse of moral inversions. The […]

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A good death

It was like one of those political rallies. You know, when one person yells “What do we want?” followed by an uncoordinated chant that should probably be narrowed down to one key idea. What works is when the crowd responds with something like “Peace!” When it really breaks down is when that key idea is […]

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Jesus and the Moneychangers in the Scrovegni Chapel

In the summertime I visited Padua and went to the Scrovegni Chapel, dated 1305. In the past 40 years the frescos have begun to crumble, and curators have researched atmospheric problems in order to counteract the decay. Long story short: this chapel is OLD. The air on the globe has totally changed since 1305 and […]

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Sacred Spaces for a Transient Generation

I grew up attending an all-girls wilderness-focused Christian summer camp in Maine. Running through the woods, boating on the lake, plucking blueberries as we carried wood and water to a campsite – these are how I came to understand sacred space. There was an element of traditional spirituality, and we were encouraged to explore the […]

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Rosh HaShanah – The Day of Infinite Possibilities

Each year we have the opportunity read the text of our lives differently according to the vowels we supply. Rosh Hashanah invites us to gently and lovingly bring ourselves back to God, the eternal mother whose womb is always open and ready for the seed we wish to plant.

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Three Holidays and a Bar Mitzvah

As I write this, the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, Rosh Hashana, is less than two days away—and (to paraphrase Rabbi Alan Lew), I am completely unprepared. The month of Elul, now rapidly coming to a close, is meant to be a time of preparation. During this month, we sound the shofar every […]

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Proof in the Pudding

On August 14, 2013, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America elected Elizabeth Eaton as its presiding bishop.  She is the first woman bishop in American Lutheran history. Eaton carried the vote with a two-thirds majority (600 of 889 votes) against incumbent Mark Hanson, a popular and beloved bishop who led the ELCA through a tumultuous […]

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