Rethinking Religion

Christianity

An Evangelical Perspective on Immigration

Inspired by Scripture and struggling to serve immigrant worshippers, the evangelical community is calling for reforms to keep families together and establish a path toward citizenship for people without papers.
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Christianity

A Religion of Compassion: A Letter to Pope Francis

The Catholic Church has become “irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid,” to use the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. In his letter to the new pope, Matthew Fox argues that religion needs to return to its roots—as compassionate, loving, spiritual, and accepting of all people—to regain its relevance.
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Spiritual Politics

Love the Stranger: Looking to the Torah for Guidance on Immigration Policy

We are all capable of prejudice and must remain vigilant to observe and change it within ourselves. Perhaps that’s why the most repeated commandment in the Torah is to love the stranger.
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Immigration

Creating Sanctuary: Faith-Based Activism for Migrant Justice

When would-be migrants die in the desert, it’s not just an ethical issue, it’s also a religious crisis. Arizona groups have put their faith into action for decades, defying federal law and offering humanitarian aid.
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Books

A Psychoanalytic Guide to Kabbalah

Psychoanalysis and Kabbalah have a lot in common, not the least their ability to profoundly alter our mind-states and influence our actions. In his modern Guide for the Perplexed, renowned psychologist Michael Eigen breaks down the connections between psychoanalysis and Kabbalah, and how they might be used together for our benefit.
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Spiritual Politics

Old Roots, New Branches: Jewish Spiritual Communities and the Rise of Alt-Labor

In both the independent Jewish communities and the alt-labor groups, newcomers are more comfortable with the languages of faith and justice than their predecessors.
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Rethinking Religion

Toward a New Buddhist Story

Is a new Buddhist story beginning to develop out of the interaction between Buddhism and the modern world? Both need such a new story.
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Christianity

The Futilitarian Heresy

A heresy with regard to Christian hope has arisen. I will call it “futilitarianism,” having stolen that name from one of its adherents. Futilitarianism is a fairly sober and comforting faith. It allows its believers to be honest about the current crises without having to think through how a positive outcome might be strategized and accomplished.
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Books

Physics Through a Jewish Lens?

Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics At The Intersection of Politics And Religion by Steven Gimbel. Review by Donald Goldsmith
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War & Peace

We Are All Victims of War: Veteran Liberation Theology

To form a powerful anti-war movement, we need to bridge the gap between U.S. veterans and pacifists. Collaborating on a veteran liberation theology is one place to start.
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Economy/Poverty/Wealth

What’s Next in Faith-Based Community Organizing: A Rolling Jubilee

Does life in our debt-driven political economy make your faith feel fraudulent? Debt cancellation is the biblical norm. We need a jubilee to release us from our shame.
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Judaism

Reimagining Judaism: The Great Teshuvah

It’s time to usher in a new paradigm–one of the turning and returning to the earth, to each other, and to integrity.
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Christianity

Red Flags Round Pope Francis

Like everyone else on earth, I wish the new pope well and I hope he truly emulates some of Francis of Assisi’s priorities of defending Mother Earth who is in so much peril, living simply (how one does that in a palace like the Vatican surrounded by an obsequious court is another question), speaking out on behalf of the poor, impoverished, sick, and neglected, and speaking out on those social and economic structures that institutionalize injustice. I also hope he cleans up the rat’s nest of corruption, pedophile cover-up, ego mania, and power-addicted prelates who run the curia that in turn runs the Vatican. Good luck and God’s Blessing!
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Spiritual Politics

For your Passover Seders or Easter Gatherings

Both Passover and Easter have a message of liberation and hope for the downtrodden of the earth. Yet too often we fail to see the continuities between the original liberatory messages of these holidays and the contemporary need for liberation and resurrection of the dead parts of our consciousness. This is our first attempt to craft a Seder addressing the needs of the 99 percent.
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Christianity

The Religious Roots of the Minimum Wage

Will raising the minimum wage put more money in the pockets of America’s working poor? Or will it have the opposite effect, throwing more poor people out of work? That’s the question we ask whenever anyone proposes a hike in the minimum wage, as President Obama did in his State of the Union Address. But it’s also the wrong question, diverting us from the biggest one of all: what are the rights that we share as human beings?
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