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
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?
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)
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
W. Jarrett Kerbel So what is the ‘church’ reason for getting involved in anything? When a community organizer asks to meet with me, that is my first question. I may be in complete agreement that something political, economic or social needs to be reformed. To take your issue to my congregation, however, I need … Continue reading Why Churches Should Get Involved in Fair Districting
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
Shmuly Yanklowitz It’s clear that the trauma of slavery continues to impact the contemporary American psyche. Hanging in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is an indelible, haunting painting. It’s a maritime scene: a yellow sun setting above a blood-red sky while hurtling, unruly waves carry an 18th century ship. These elements don’t stir … Continue reading A Rabbi’s Plea: We Need Slavery Reparations In Order to Move Forward