Opinion

COMMENTARY: Overlooked injustice: congressional control of the nation’s capital

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (The Rev. Meg Riley directs the Washington Office for Faith in Action for the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is co-chair of Equal Partners in Faith, a national, multifaith network dedicated to promoting positive values of religion in society and a regular contributor to the RNS”Voices of Women in Religion”series.) UNDATED […]

COMMENTARY: Commencement and the world of locked doors

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant, managing large-scale database implementations. He lives in Durham, N.C.) UNDATED _ He was a marvelous baby, with a puckish grin and wide eyes taking in the wonder of life. He seemed unfazed by his older brother’s torment. He loved my little games, […]

COMMENTARY: Soul-searching time over alleged military misdeeds

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) UNDATED _ A central theme of the recently concluded Jewish High Holidays is”heshbon ha-nefesh,”Hebrew for”inventory of the soul.”Although that spiritual stock-taking is primarily aimed at personal behavior, it is clear that a national”heshbon ha-nefesh”is currently under way […]

COMMENTARY: Jesus’ color is more than skin-deep

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Robert M. Parham directs the Nashville-based Baptist Center for Ethics.) UNDATED _”Could white people remain Christian if they had to bow down to a black Jesus?”asked longtime civil rights leader C. T. Vivian, speaking at the Carter Center to a gathering of Baptists. Vivian said the symbol of white Jesus […]

COMMENTARY: Impeachment warning: Holy wars are never holy

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a pastor, writer and software developer living in Winston-Salem, N.C.) UNDATED _ This Sunday, in houses of worship across the land, people will pray for the nation and its leaders. Some do so every week out of long tradition. Some see special need for prayer as a […]

COMMENTARY: Violence strikes everywhere

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) UNDATED _ In February, four New York City policemen fired 41 bullets at Amadou Diallo, killing the unarmed street peddler who had recently come to the United States from West Africa. In March, 26-year-old Amy Watkins, a […]

COMMENTARY: The perceptions that lead to tragedy

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Samuel K. Atchison is an ordained minister and has worked as a policy analyst and social worker to the homeless. He currently is a prison chaplain in Trenton, N.J.) UNDATED _ It amazes me that, on the eve of the millennium, race continues to be the dominant fixture on the […]

COMMENTARY: Something large is at hand

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant, managing large-scale database implementations. An Episcopal priest, he lives in Durham, N.C.) UNDATED _ While we have boys home from college, it seems natural to talk of the future _ next semester’s classes, summer vacation, careers, apartments. In response to a comment […]

COMMENTARY: Falwell went too far in comments on the Antichrist

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the National Interreligious Affairs Director of the American Jewish Committee.) UNDATED _ The Rev. Jerry Falwell, the founder of the Moral Majority and Chancellor of Liberty University, recently told a pastors conference in Tennessee that with the approach of the millennium, the dread Antichrist will soon arrive […]

COMMENTARY: Overlooked injustice: congressional control of the nation’s capital

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (The Rev. Meg Riley directs the Washington Office for Faith in Action for the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is co-chair of Equal Partners in Faith, a national, multifaith network dedicated to promoting positive values of religion in society and a regular contributor to the RNS”Voices of Women in Religion”series.) UNDATED […]

COMMENTARY: Learning the difference between power and authority

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant, managing large-scale database implementations. He lives in Durham, N.C.) UNDATED _ I didn’t object when a knee injury kept me out of Vietnam, a war that seemed pointless and foolish. It seemed then, and now, a political shell game that spun out […]

COMMENTARY: New guidelines mean permanent change for Reform Judaism movement

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) UNDATED _ At its recent convention in Pittsburgh, the Reform rabbinical organization, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, overwhelmingly adopted a new set of guiding principles that clearly reflects a turn to traditional religious observance and belief. […]

COMMENTARY: How should the church witness to culture?

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Robert M. Parham is executive director of the Nashville-based Baptist Center for Ethics.) UNDATED _ A hairline fracture runs across the traditional divide between mainline Protestant and conservative evangelical churches. It could widen into a major fault line over how Christians should interface with culture. Despite the long-standing cultural war […]

COMMENTARY: From puzzlement to frustration to blame

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a pastor, writer and software developer living in Winston-Salem, N.C.) UNDATED _ When e-mail problems began last week, I looked first for answers. What was causing some people not to receive the daily meditations that I send to interested readers? I looked for small answers _ incorrect […]

COMMENTARY: A Jewish view of labor

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) UNDATED _ It’s fashionable today, even politically advantageous, to trash the role of labor unions in American life. During election campaigns many politicians ominously invoke the specter of”big labor”as a negative force. But I’ve noticed even ardent […]

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