There’s no denying the amazing religious pluralism in this country. Driving in our southwest suburbs, we not only pass churches and synagogues but mosques and mandirs. In spring, our neighbors are celebrating Easter (Christian) and Passover (Jewish), and they also celebrating Ridván (Bahai) and Holi (Hindu). Right now, our Muslim friends and neighbors are in… Continue reading A Holy Ramadan — For Us All
If you were to ask your best friend what your voice sounds like, what would they say? No, I don’t mean the resonance or timbre, but the quality of your self-expression and your ability to bring yourself forward in important conversations. Are you hesitant? Forthright? Protective? Harsh? Compassionate? I ask this for a few reasons.… Continue reading Time to find our voices…
According to the U.S. Census bureau, “A family is a group of two people or more (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together.” I’m sure that makes sense when you’re the government counting heads, but at this time of year, when connecting and giving is so in… Continue reading The Beauty of an Ohana
I’m aware of milkweed.It began about a dozen years ago. It was a glorious Summer. But Spring had brought less than happy news: The monarch population was dipping precipitously, in part due to loss of migration habitat, in part due to pesticides. The prior year, 2004, had seen an all-time low.So as the milkweed on… Continue reading Milkweed and the fertile days of Autumn
My life has been a bit overfull of late. Some events were extraordinarily challenging, and others bordered on ecstatic. Really. Almost everything was on one end of the spectrum or the other. And I was not as on top of my calendar as I should have been. So when Tim, the editor of this illustrious… Continue reading “Quick! Be Spiritual!”
“Honor your father and mother,” is the first part of the Fifth Commandment. In our hasty recollections, we might find ourselves forgetting the second part: “So that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” This past Sunday was Earth Day,… Continue reading Honor your mother… Earth
“Now the green blade rises, from the buried grain…” “Now the green blade rises, from the buried grain…” The great Episcopal preacher Barbara Brown Taylor writes, “Resurrection is always announced with Easter lilies, the sound of trumpets, bright streaming light. But,” she insists, “it did not happen that way. If it happened in a cave,… Continue reading “Love has come again, like wheat arising green.” A reflection for Easter
Prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These are the themes of the holy season of Lent, the 40 days in which Christians prepare for the great feast of Easter, the holiest day of the church calendar year. But these practices are not exclusive to Christians. Fasting can be found in just about every great faith tradition, including… Continue reading Prayer and Fasting — and Us.
Thursday, December 21, 2017 Tonight is the Winter Solstice – the moment that the Northern hemisphere is tilted farthest from the sun, producing the longest night of the year. It’s not surprising that many festivals of light – Advent, Hannukah, Kwanzaa – are celebrated at the time of year in which we are plunged… Continue reading Being Light and Seeing Light: A Winter Solstice Reflection
In my social justice work, I've noticed people using a word in a way that wasn't part of my vocabulary. Some communities refer to people who seem to actually "get" the challenge that's present and the action that needs to be taken as "woke." As in, that person is "woke"; he/she realizes what's happening; what… Continue reading Be Watchful! Stay Awake!