Rethinking Religion

There is a ferment in the world’s religions. We have all heard about conservative and fundamentalist religion. But we hear much less about religion that is deeply spiritual and nondogmatic, that builds empathic communities and inspires people to activism to create a caring, democratic, egalitarian, and environmentally sane society. Learn about such religion and spirituality here, in articles by experts and lay members of many religions, by “spiritual but not religious” people, and by atheists and agnostics who appreciate much of what, beliefs aside, religion or spirituality does for people’s lives. Click here to read Michael Lerner's essay on God.

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Disability

No Casseroles for Schizophrenics: The Church and Mental Illness
by Kathryn Greene-McCreight
One important lesson we must all learn, Christian or otherwise, is that the patient is not the illness. Symptoms of the illness are not the patient’s fault nor are they signs of a sick soul.
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Disability

Inspired by Moses: Disability and Inclusion in the Jewish Community
by Shelly Christensen
I believe that Jewish communities must stop creating “special” programs that serve people with disabilities in segregated settings and instead support personalized efforts to enable people with disabilities to live full and meaningful Jewish lives of their own choosing.
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Rethinking Religion

Dear Jael, Wife of Heber the Kenite
by Jillian Weise
The Torah anesthetized me long ago. Back before I could drink wine, it broke my heart to read Leviticus. “No man who has any defect may come near.” I am twice expelled.
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Disability

God on Wheels: Disability and Jewish Feminist Theology
by Julia Watts Belser
At kiddush one day, I was welcoming a visitor to synagogue when she popped the question. “What’s wrong with you?” she asked as her eyes flicked from my face to my wheels. I’ve been asked this question in an astounding …
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Politics & Society

Confronting the Corporate Expediter: Building the Religious Counterculture
by Ana Levy-Lyons
So I’m at a dinner party chatting with the guy sitting next to me, and he asks me what I do for a living. I tell him all about ministry, and then I ask him what he does for a …
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Judaism

The Color of Judaism: A Cultural Reflection and Plea for the New Year
by Rafael Lev
No matter what I am wearing, what is covering my head, or what color my skin is, I am Jewish. But being Jewish does not take away the fact that I am a person of color either.
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Judaism

High Holiday Repentance Workbook 2014 / 5775
by Michael Lerner
To acknowledge our own screw-ups is an important first step. But the High Holidays are not about getting ourselves to feel guilty, but rather engaging in a process of change. If we don’t make those changes internally and in our communities and in our society, all the breast-beating and self-criticism become an empty ritual.
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Judaism

The Joy of Yom Kippur: A Conversation Between Dovid Gottlieb and Michael Lerner
by Dovid Gottlieb and Michael Lerner
Yom Kippur engages in honest, wrenching self-evaluation. Read Rabbis Dovid Gottlieb and Michael Lerner's discussion of the twenty-five hour fast.
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Rethinking Religion

Names of God
by Matthew Fox
Fourteenth-century mystic and activist Meister Eckhart says “all the names we give to God come from an understanding of ourselves.” If he is correct, then as humanity’s self-understanding and understanding of the cosmos evolve, then clearly our God-names will evolve …
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Spirituality

Embracing and/or Refusing God-Talk
by Walter Brueggemann
The most mature faith is not all “sweetness and light”—it is a grappling with holiness that also addresses the abrasiveness of the biblical God.
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