Opinion

COMMENTARY: Despite backlash, feminist theology growing, diversifying as decade ends

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Rosemary Radford Ruether is a feminist theologian teaching at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.) UNDATED _ There is no question that the women’s movement suffered an anti-feminist backlash during the 1980s and 1990s. Nor is there any doubt the backlash was mirrored in churches at the time. Even so, […]

COMMENTARY: How peace happens

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 _”Peacemaking”was a touchy concept when I was coming of age in the 1960s. If one talked of”peace,”people immediately took sides on Vietnam. Some considered peacemaking to be soft and unpatriotic. But the Sermon on the Mount […]

COMMENTARY: Is merger in store for American religious communities?

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 _ Mega-mergers in the corporate world have been taking place for some time and have included airlines, banks, publishing houses and telecommunications companies. While mergers are perhaps good news for stockholders, they have often involved employee […]

COMMENTARY: When work disappears

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., and a fellow of the George H. Gallup International Institute in Princeton, N.J.) UNDATED _ Across the street from my home […]

COMMENTARY: Faith: sometimes boxed, sometimes ambiguous

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.) CATANIA, Italy _ On the wall of my hotel room in downtown Catania, on the island of Sicily, is a 30-year-old woodcut that seems to put people and God in their respective boxes. […]

COMMENTARY: Hanukkah: As American as apple pie

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 first night of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of light, is Friday, Dec. 3. The holiday commemorates the military victory of a small band of Jewish guerrillas in the land of Israel who more […]

COMMENTARY: Visiting St. Peter’s

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.) ROME _ I should have stuck with my original plan: wander over to the Tiber, gaze across the winding river at St. Peter’s, and then walk on. But curiosity got the better of me. How could I […]

COMMENTARY: Dangerous preaching

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 _ My 8-year-old son starts to squirm even before the sermon begins. So as the preacher climbs into the pulpit, I take my son’s hand and begin to trace the lines on […]

COMMENTARY: Mixing religion, politics is an old story

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 _ Even though we won’t be electing a new president for another 13 months, it’s clear religion, spelled with a giant capital”R,”will play a dominant role in the upcoming race for the White House. When I […]

COMMENTARY: Inmates and Their Children

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 _ One of the most profound insights I’ve gained in nearly seven years of full-time prison ministry is an understanding […]

COMMENTARY: Life’s changing winds

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant from Durham, N.C.) ROTA, SPAIN _ For two days, the wind came to Andalucia from the desert of Africa. It was hot (104 degrees) and dry. The wind seemed to suck all energy out of me. I understood why the people of […]

COMMENTARY: Remembering Mel Torme

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 _ Mel Torme’s recent death is more than the passing of a magnificent singer and composer. His loss at age 73 is another reminder of the extraordinary musical symbiosis of Jews _ mostly first generation Americans […]

COMMENTARY: The love of God and `welfare grandmothers’

By RNS Blog Editor — January 1, 1999

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Suzanne Holland is Assistant Professor of Religious and Social Ethics at The University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington where she teaches classes in feminism and religion, responsibility ethics, and bioethics.) UNDATED _”Why write fiction _ truth is stranger,”said gonzo journalist and writer Hunter Thompson. As if to reinforce Thompson’s […]

COMMENTARY: The sour fruit of self-exaltation

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.) CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ The Parents’ Weekend football game at University of North Carolina isn’t a pretty picture. But everything else lives up to its billing: a handsome stadium, a superb marching band […]

COMMENTARY: The vexing issue of church and state

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 _ Thomas Jefferson considered his authorship of the Statute of Religious Freedom for Virginia one of his greatest achievements. He was also an ardent supporter of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution guaranteeing free […]

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