Introduction to Practices

By Stephanie Paulsell Stephanie Paulsell’s “The Art of Living: Practices for Flourishing in a Fractured World” was presented at Vassar College on February 22, 2018; her talk was part of Vassar’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life’s participation in a multi-year Luce Foundation grant on practices, “Campus Chaplaincy for a Multifaith World,” directed out of … Continue reading Introduction to Practices

The Boston Declaration

Our most recent post, by the Rev. Peter Olsen, asked if we need “a Barmen Declaration for our time.”  Days later, a group of scholars and clergy published the Declaration below.   To see the original signatories, and to sign the Declaration yourself, please visit https://thebostondeclaration.com. —  The Editors   Occasion As followers of Jesus, the Jewish … Continue reading The Boston Declaration

A Barmen Declaration for our Time?

Rev. Peter Olsen   From May 29th-31st 1934 the Confessional Synod of the German Evangelical Church met in Barmen, Germany to address false teachings propagated by the “German Christians” appointed by the Nazis to administer the Protestant churches under the Reich. Organized in 1932, the German Christian movement was driven by nationalistic ideology permeated with … Continue reading A Barmen Declaration for our Time?

Book review: This Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement, by Sarah Azaransky (NYC: Oxford University Press, 2017)

  W.E.B. DuBois noted in 1903 that, “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line – the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” Sarah Azaransky uses this observation as a starting point for her exploration … Continue reading Book review: This Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement, by Sarah Azaransky (NYC: Oxford University Press, 2017)

The Risks of Islamophobia to Every American

  Dalia Mogahed This insightful, brief video challenges the popular idea that 9/11 caused increased Islamophobia, and counters that elections are actually the greatest source of surges in anti-Muslim bigotry.  Mogahed’s research also illustrates the links between increases in Islamophobia with increases in many forms of bigotry, particularly antisemitism.  Her work highlights the connection between … Continue reading The Risks of Islamophobia to Every American

Undomesticated Buddha

    Santikaro Upasaka When we enter into a Buddhist path of life, whatever the entryway – meditation, study of the teachings, serving community, ritual – we learn to bring the Buddha home. The more at home Buddha is in us, the more vibrant and profound our spiritual life will be. In my own life … Continue reading Undomesticated Buddha