Does prayer work?

My mother sent me this article a few days ago.. Prayer Shaming and San Bernadino: Choosing Policy Over God "Prayer, it seems, is no longer a politically acceptable response to tragedy. Instead, we're being told to put our trust in something else." Ugh. This article sounds like a whiny baby wrote it. I feel exasperated writing this. … Continue reading Does prayer work?

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What does it mean to be an interfaith minister?

I'm constantly discovering new answers to this question as "interfaith" can mean many things. Sometimes the word describe what happens when people of disparate religions come together for dialogue, hopefully for the sake of increased understanding and peace-building. For others, "interfaith" is a personal identifier, a way to explain a spiritual life that is rooted … Continue reading What does it mean to be an interfaith minister?

Are we just a bunch of people talking about social action who simply happen to be people of faith?

The emerging leaders session derailed a bit into of that intellectualism I mentioned before (believe me, I'm not an anti-intellectualist, I just think there's more to wisdom than the knowledge in our heads). After a well-intentioned but frustrating second session, I found myself in discussion with two other young people about why this had happened. … Continue reading Are we just a bunch of people talking about social action who simply happen to be people of faith?

Could this Parliament of World Religions be the tipping point for shifting the consciousness of humanity?

I'm not sure what transpired at the previous Parliaments, but from the descriptions on the website (www.parliamentofreligions.org), it appears that social justice has become a greater and greater focus over the last 22 years (during this time, four Parliaments have been held before this one). Sure, you've got your information sessions, performances, demonstrations, etc. but all of … Continue reading Could this Parliament of World Religions be the tipping point for shifting the consciousness of humanity?