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Christmas and Chanukah share a spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair. But whereas Christmas focuses on the birth of a single individual whose life and mission was […]

During the last few days, Psalm 109:8, a Bible verse in the form of a “prayer for Obama,” has topped the Google trends chart:  “May his days be few; may another take his office.”  Evidently, a bumper sticker emblazoned with […]

These Thanksgiving Day Prayers are three of my favorites: For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) […]

Hey Christians!  Stop putting a camel hair rope around Halloween on October 31st, and instead take advantage of what happens on Nov. 1st – All Saints Day. It seems like we used to hear more from Christians who decried Halloween […]

***update*** Read Thomas Friedman’s piece in today’s New York Times about the parallels between this time in America with President Obama and the time before Rabin was assassinated in Israel in 1995.   As Progressive Revival readers know, I am worried about the level […]

Praying for peace is not as easy as it sounds.  Praying for peace requires two separate but related beliefs.  The first belief is that prayer ‘works’ and that our meditations and/or petitions to God can affect the material world and can change […]

On this Labor Day try something different – pray for rights and justice for all who work and the dignity and the success of all who are seeking work.   Creating God,  You made the heavens and the earth and your work […]

Dear God, Please take away the swine flu. Amen According to Martin Luther King, Jr. there is a power in us more powerful than the power of bullets. King knew that that power was the power of the Spirit. Call […]

Common wisdom holds that the people who take the Bible most seriously in America are those from the conservative traditions who claim a literalist interpretation of the “The Bible says it and I believe it” variety. But try telling these same people that there are two […]

Living and Reigning God We give you thanks on this Easter morning for the Resurrection of your son Jesus Christ! Lord, help us to make Jesus’ victory our own and to viscerally experience this liberating Good News.  From whatever graves […]

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