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the golden rule, expanded

What if we all lived this way?
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  –Christianity (as drawn from the Hebrew scriptures)
What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor. That is the entire Torah. The rest is commentary. Go and learn.–Judaism
No one is a believer until you desire for another that [...]

merging science and spirituality

On Sunday mornings I awake to the melodic, crystal clear voice of Krista Tippett from Speaking of Faith.  I’m a huge fan of Krista Tippett.  Not only do I enjoy how just saying her name tickles the tongue, but I love the diverse characters she brings on her show to discuss complex faith issues in our day-to-day world.   Krista [...]

the joy of good enough

Cover via Amazon

 I’m not sure what this says about me, but sometimes I am thunderstruck by a twist on the same old typical advice.  Listening to a book on CD today, I almost had to pull over the car, overwhelmed by recognition, relief and mixed-up conviction by this: 
“I meet many parents who are trying so hard [...]

refusing to be enemies

Last week I met Laurie White, the woman who created the inspiring documentary:
refusing to be enemies:  the zeitouna story
This film chronicles the conversations of six Arabic and six Jewish women with ties to Israel and Palestine, a historically war-torn region that still festers today.  Since 2002, the Zeitouna group has gathered biweekly to  dialogue, share [...]

re-reflections on faith

On this snowy Sunday morning, I’m hiding out at home due to this adventure, enjoying the quiet.
On faith was the very first post I wrote for this site, but few of you were around to read it.  I thought I’d run it again.  Let me know what you think. 
Intrigued?  Some thoughtful women have started If Life [...]

the paper bag story

In The Faith Club, an earlier recommendation, Priscilla tries to explain her “tribal” connection to Judaism and its turbulent history.  Her father, she says, used to tell this story to address the challenges people face in life:

“Imagine this,” he used to say to us.  “Take your problems, all of them, from the tiniest, annoying concerns to the [...]

The Faith Club–first impressions

I want to share with you all a book I’ve enjoyed immensely: 
The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew–Three Women Search for Understanding
by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner
In this true story, three mothers meet after September 11 to write a children’s book about the Abrahamic connections between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  [...]

On faith

Today, a few verses frame my thoughts on faith:
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”  Luke 6:37
Speaking of faith [...]