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Black and White

Tweet Nelson Mandela survived twenty-seven years in a jail cell. Have you spent even one day and night in jail?  Twenty-seven years was truly an eternity. The incomprehensible thing is how he managed to maintain his humanity amid this desert of timelessness. He wielded a heavy hammer for years in the hot blazing South African [...]

Last Gasp of a Dying White/Christian Order

Tweet So Donald Trump comes out today vowing to unleash the shackles of  political participation on behalf of religious (aka Christian, most notably Evangelical) groups. It is just the latest (and will certainly not be the last) attempt to resurrect the buried hopes and dreams of a dying, gasping segment of America that has been [...]

Traveling to a New America – PSU & Syria Boy

Tweet Standing on the beautiful Portland State University campus in Portland, Oregon, there is another image that impinges suddenly upon our mind in stark contrast to the serenity and atmosphere of learning found here. A young boy, bloodied, dazed, utterly lost among the carnage of civil war in Aleppo, Syria. Two worlds: One of young [...]

Ramadan, End Times & The Fourth of July

Tweet Ramadan, the holy month of Islam, ends today; and the month has brought us a string of devastating attacks and explosions around the world coordinated by ISIS, concluding yesterday with an attack in Medina, the second holiest spot in Islam, and burial place of the prophet Mohammed. The attack on Medina was also an [...]

Women’s Empowerment: Buddhism, Christianity, & Islam/Speaker Series

Tweet The empowerment of women is a topic of extreme importance as we move into a new global civilization.  How do our religions look at women?  This is the topic of one of the talks given in the speaker series of author James Hilgendorf. Any religion, philosophy, or mode of thinking that denigrates women, that [...]

Whose Side Are You On, God?

Tweet In the Middle East, religious camps are locked in mortal combat. Judaism, Islam, and Christianity – all with a common root and ancestry in this trouble-torn region – are slugging it out to the death, breeding each day more violent strains within their ecclesiastical bodies. Each are flag bearers for their tribal God.  Each [...]

Religion, Faith, and Self Empowerment

Tweet What is empowerment according to the major world religions? Religions do not often talk about self empowerment.  Rather they talk about faith and adherence to doctrine and dogma. But self empowerment should be at the very heart of any religious dialogue. How do we become the greatest human beings we are capable of becoming? [...]

Earth Left Behind: So Many People Waiting

Tweet So many people want to leave this Earth. They yearn for a final reckoning, a dispensation of divine justice, an eternal damning of the unfaithful. The rivers and skies and lovely meadows and animals and birds of this world mean nothing. Rising upon clouds of a chilling beauty and foreverness, they yearn to go [...]

The Breakup of Identity

Tweet The old nations of the Mideast are dissolving.  Borders are disappearing.  Millions of displaced people are on the move, merging into each other.  Terrorist groups carve out new territories that seek to resurrect a dead and dying past. Muslims are murdering not only Israelis, but their own Muslim brothers and sisters. Who are we?  [...]

France & Muslims: Who Are We?

Tweet With the Charlie Hebdo massacre last week, and the Paris march in support of the cartoonists and free speech, a question has been posed front and center to millions and hundreds of millions of people on both sides of the rift:  Who Are We? The French, and indeed much of Europe, is being forced [...]