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Religion

  • MapQuesting the Jewish New Year

    By Rabbi Jamie Arnold

    Forecasting our future is no easier than forecasting the weather. The Jewish symbol of the Book of Life is a reminder of that, as are the daily news reports. Uncertainty and confusion abound: hurricanes and fires; unemployment and unstable markets; not to mention the changes at home — deaths and births, nests emptying, and parents aging.

  • View of God changes during life

    By the Rev. Meredith Rupe

    Do you struggle with your faith? I do daily. It is a part of what is often referred to as one’s faith journey.

    If at age 34 we are where we were when we were 14, there is a disjunction between our faith and our life. We all grow and mature in our life, and our faith needs to change as we change, or it ends up being a dead faith or an irrelevant faith to help us with life’s journey. There is a difference between a child-like faith and a childish faith.

  • American dream broken by economic crisis

    “How could that moron over there really be God?”
    — Shams-u-din Muhammad Hafiz (1320-1389)

    I like him right away. Deepak is waiting for us, leaning against the back of his SUV, dressed in sweat pants and shirt with a long scarf knotted around his neck, legs crossed at the ankle like the Hindu god of love.
    “Namaste. Finally we meet,” he greets me with warmth as my husband introduces us.

  • Feasts, famine and faith

    By Mary Ann Dimand

    We are in a month of feast and celebration for many faiths —  and for many without a faith tradition. Good spirits, hospitality and habits of giving beyond family and friends mean that shelves are filled — sometimes temporarily overfilled — at local food banks.