This category contains 49 posts

A Violation of the Separation of Church and State?…A different spin on 52 Weeks of Worship

So…if you commit a non-violent crime in this Alabama town, you can go to jail, or agree to attend church every Sunday for a year in order to “do your time.” Curious. Check out the following story, reported by CNN’s Belief Blog. If you’re charged with a nonviolent crime in one Alabama town, you might … Continue reading

What do you do when you can’t fix, control, explain, change, or understand it?

Franciscan priest Richard Rohr shares the following in an article posted on the CNN Belief Blog: “There always will be at least one situation in our lives that we cannot fix, control, explain, change or even understand,” he says. This caught my eye immediately, as it was a number of situations just like this that … Continue reading

Keeping Your Spirit Lifted – The Optimistic Diversity Radio Show

Part of the reason why “The First 52 Weeks” turned into an ongoing project was because I realized that my life was being blessed by a focus on continuing to see and experience God everywhere. Although there are 3 main churches where I now find myself worshipping when I am in Chicago, I still continue … Continue reading

From Christian, to Muslim…to Rastafarian

A curious story…the son of a Pentecostal preacher sues the government and wins. It appears that a prospective employer required him to cut his hair – something that did not agree with the Rastafarian faith that he began practicing after his journey took him from Christianity to Islam to Rastafarianism.  Read the story in the Roanoke … Continue reading

What is Faith?

As this holiday weekend comes to an end, I was just wandering around the internet, trying to find some new and interesting words about Faith. And I found some – I will let Rabbi Marc do the talking…I hope his words bless someone as much as they blessed me this evening. To read the rest … Continue reading

A New My52WOW Book Club Book: Mere Christianity

To graduate from The Westminster Schools of Atlanta, my alma mater, students were required to take classes in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Westminster is a non-denominational Christian college preparatory school. I remember my New Testament course being “Tag-Taught” by two individuals, Dr. First Teacher, and Mr. Other Teacher (names changed of course, … Continue reading

The Power Of Your Words

Urban Cusp magazine is a “cutting-edge lifestyle magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change, and global awareness. It was started by Rahiel Tesfamariam, a powerhouse of vision with the energy to execute on it. Faith is a central tenet of the Urban Cusp magazine,and for the August 1st issue, I was invited to contribute a … Continue reading

Belief vs Action: Do Christians need a Ramadan?

In my continued research to learn about the holy days of different worship traditions,  I found this article where a Christian author considers the lessons that he thinks Ramadan offers to non-Muslims. In the spirit of interfaith learning and understanding, and in honor of the beginning of Ramadan, I am posting the whole thing. Comments and perspectives welcome … Continue reading

Religious Groups Set Prayer Vigil for U.S. Debt Deal

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Across the street from the U.S. Capitol in the small north lawn of the United Methodist Building, Christians, Muslims and Jews will pray on Tuesday for the country’s budget, and hope to teach Republicans and Democrats a lesson in compromise. So far, nothing else has worked, not even President Barack Obama’s … Continue reading

Call to Prayer, by Udee Bassey

Hi All- Just wanted to share this blog post that a friend shared with me. It shares a beautiful perspective on watching a call to prayer in Abuja, Nigeria. The author, Udee Bassey is not a direct relative, but given her last name, my assumption is that we have a shared heritage – somewhere back … Continue reading