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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Judaism

Growing Toward God: Jewish Movement through an Axial Age
by Yotam Schachter
Just as plants are heliotropic beings that grow toward the sun, we humans are theotropic beings that grow toward God. And just as a tree doesn’t have to understand the sun to feel it and be fed by it, we don’t have to understand God to be nourished by subtle sacred influences.
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Judaism

Jewish Education During the Nazis as Spiritual Resistance
by Carol Ascher
“Somehow Nazism and Martin Buber worked together to give a lot of us a much deeper feeling for what Judaism offers.”
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Disability

Made by God, Broken by Life: Developing an African American Hermeneutic for Disability
by Raedorah C. Stewart
I believe it’s time to develop an African American hermeneutic for approaching disability language and metaphors of brokenness in religious discourse.
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Disability

High Holy Days in the Hospital
by Bonnie Gracer
“On Rosh Hashanah it is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. Who shall live and who shall die, who shall perish by fire and who by water, who by Roman soldier and who by cancer…” “No, that’s not …
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Politics & Society

Illness and Innocence
by Raymond Barglow
Why do many of us feel guilty when we catch a cold or grow a tumor? Is it because so many religions depict illness as divine punishment?
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Disability

Who Can Be Commanded?: Disability in Jewish Thought and Culture
by Tzvi Marx
Recently two dear friends asked me to advise them about their pregnant daughter, who just discovered that her fetus has Noonan syndrome, a genetic condition that can result in heart defects, unusual facial features, short stature, and learning problems. The …
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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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Rethinking Religion

Both Wilderness and Promised Land: How Torah Grows When Read Through LGBTQ Eyes
by Joy Ladin
B’reishit—in the beginning of the Torah, and the beginning of the world—there was God, a very queer God. Unlike other deities described in Iron Age texts, this God didn’t have a form or face or identifiable role in the natural …
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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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