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Black Friday: craving bargains and the desire to be whole

This craving, this desire to fill ourselves with “things” is often a mask, a recognition that we are hollow on the inside, that there is something in us that is calling out to be fulfilled. That craving, however, is often not about things, but an opening in the heart that can only be filled by the love of another that makes us whole.

Quentin Wise lights a candle on the menorah for the second night of Hanukkah with his family in Leawood, Kan., on Nov. 28, 2013. RNS photo by Sally Morrow

PHOTO: Historic Thanksgivukkah

(RNS) The second night of Hanukkah fell on Thanksgiving in a rare convergence this year. Many Jewish families ate turkey and then lit the menorah, a nine-branched candelabra.


Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings – November 29

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit for additional information.   Show #1713 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on November 29 (check local listings). Program Note: Due to pledge be sure to check local listings. •Methodist Gay Marriage Controversy – The issue of same-sex marriage continues to roil the United Methodist Church, the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination. Last week, a Methodist court convicted a Pennsylvania pastor of violating church law after he officiated at a gay wedding.  He will be defrocked if he does not withdraw his support for same-sex marriage in 30 days.  And other church trials on the issue are still ahead.  Betty Rollin speaks with Rev. Tom Ogletree, a United Methodist scholar and former Dean of the Yale Divinity School and the Drew Divinity School, in New Jersey, who faces a possible trial for officiating at the marriage of his gay son.  Rev. Ogletree says there is “no concept of homosexuality or sexual orientation at all” in scripture.  But Rev. Rob Renfroe of the Woodland United Methodist Church, near Houston, is among Methodists who insist “there is not any passage in scripture that is condoning or accepting of that practice.”

Norman Rockwell's "Freedom from Want" painting.

Grateful without God: A secular Thanksgiving

(RNS) “It is important for us as nonbelievers to recognize that we are lucky in the grand scheme of the universe and to spend this time with our friends and family, and the tradition of doing that once a year, whether you are religious or not, is a valuable thing to do,” says Maggie Ardiente.