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May 2010 Archives

Memorial Day: Perspective from Church History

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Every Memorial Day, I remember how early Christians almost uniformly rejected any kind of military service–and how little we have learned from their witness to peacemaking.  As we pause today, it may well be good for our souls to consider […]

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Sex and the Mosque

posted by Diana Butler Bass

This week, my daughter’s sixth-grade class visited a mosque.  In advance, the teacher prepared instructions about how to dress and behave.  At home, we talked about respecting others’ faith (even when we find things difficult to understand), expectations of religious […]

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“Lost” Democrats and Religious Pluralism

posted by Diana Butler Bass

With most of the online world buzzing about Lost, another tale of loss caught my attention in this morning’s Washington Post.  It began by posing the question:  “If 2008 was the year Democrats finally got religion, will 2010 be the […]

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Representative Mark Souder: The Hypocrisy of the Hypocrite

posted by Diana Butler Bass

Although I grew up in a Methodist church in Baltimore, my grandfather had rejected religion and was quite vocal about his freethinker (that’s what we used to call atheist) views.  One day, when I was about eight, I asked him […]

Civility: The Problem of Being Nice

posted by Diana Butler Bass

In March, I signed The Civility Covenant issued by the folks at Sojourners.  Believe it or not, the Civility Covenant wound up being somewhat controversial as critics from both the political right and left attacked the document.  From the left, […]

New Deal Spirituality: The Politics of Generosity

posted by Diana Butler Bass

On May 13, Christians celebrate the Feast of the Ascension.  The Episcopal saints calendar marks an additional commemoration on May 13, a day set aside to remember Frances Perkins (1880-1965), the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet, who served […]

Elena Kagan, the Supreme Court, and a Lament for American Protestantism

posted by Diana Butler Bass

President Obama has picked Elena Kagan, former dean of Harvard Law School and Solicitor General, to fill the next vacancy on the Supreme Court.  Much will be said of Ms. Kagan over the coming weeks–praise and criticism of all sorts.  […]

Julian of Norwich: All Shall Be Well

posted by Diana Butler Bass

May 8 is the celebration of Dame Julian of Norwich (c. 1342-1416?) author of the first English-language book written by a woman.  She was a shadowy figure, her real name and the facts of her life largely unknown.  For some […]

Mother’s Day: Faithful Women of the World Unite!

posted by Diana Butler Bass

 At first glance, Mother’s Day appears a quaint and conservative holiday, a sort of greeting card moment, honoring 1950s values, a historical throw back to old-fashioned notions of hearth and home. Let’s correct that impression by saying:  Happy Radical Mother’s […]

Happy National Day of Prayer…Or Is It National Day of Fighting Over Prayer?

posted by Diana Butler Bass

May 6 is the National Day of Prayer.  This year, the news has been full of stories about people being excluded from prayer.  Those excluded include Americans from non-Christian religions, atheists, as well as the Rev. Franklin Graham, a fundamentalist […]

Oil, God, and the Governor

posted by Diana Butler Bass

So, Governor Rick Perry blamed the Gulf oil spill on an “act of God.”  Of course, “act of God” is a phrase used to describe something beyond human control, an unavoidable event.  But isn’t it also the case that the […]

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