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Monthly Archive for October, 2009

Divided by a common language

No, this is not about how British and American and Canadian and Irish and Welsh and Scottish English differ. This is about the difficulty of Christians talking to each other and for people of different faiths to speak to each other. For instance, “original sin” is a blocker. Sin means for most people something terrible […]

In discussions of faith, it seems to be a constant that conscience as the basis of religious faith gets overlooked or is even replaced by some other principle. So one more time, let us hear Cardinal Newman… “I add one remark. Certainly, if I am obliged to bring religion into after-dinner toasts, (which indeed does […]

Blessed John XXIII, Peace maker

Pope John XXIII, “good Pope John,” called the second Vatican Council on Oct. 11, 1962. He died a year later in June of 1963. Ancient history now, I suppose, but I remember exactly where I was on both days. I was in French III at Punahou when Maryknoll Brother Venard rang the parish bells to […]

Soul Matters

The chaplains of Wesleyan University—Rabbi David Teva, Sister Marwa Aly, Pastor Joan Burnett, and myself—are offering a six session non-credit course on Mondays…Oct 5, 12, 19///Nov. 2, 9, 16 at 4:15-5:45 PM. We plan a panel, discussion with snacks, student journaling, covering love of neighbor, pursuit of happiness, the identity of women, and the controversial […]