Updates on yesterday’s blog about the fight between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the DC City Council: According to the Washington Post, the DC city council has responded to the Catholic Archdiocese by “digging in its heels” on gay marriage.  The Council tried to reach a compromise but now doubts that it is possible. Local…

This morning’s Washington Post made me choke on my coffee:  “Catholic Church Gives D.C. Ultimatum.”  The Catholic Archdiocese is playing political hardball by threatening to cut off social services to the city’s poor–including the homeless, the hungry, the sick, and children–if D.C. expands gay and lesbian civil rights and recognizes same-sex marriage. That’s right.  The…

Rev. Donna Schaper is the Senior Pastor at the Judson Memorial Church in New York City.     William James in his marvelous book, THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE, speaks of the transition from Catholicism to Protestantism as the transition of the brocaded, artistic, colorful Baroque to one man in a black suit carrying a…

Aborttion has been part of the healthcare debate from the beginning.  The effort was supposed to be that the healthcare bill would be “abortion neutral” meaning it neither expanded the opportunities for abortion, nor restricted them.  Now it seems that no longer suffices for the US Catholic Bishops who want to impose their view on…

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Michael Lerner

Rabbi Michael Lerner was a student and disciple of Abraham Joshua Heschel when Lerner studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He earned a ph.d in philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley and a second ph.d in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute. He subsequently formed the Institute for Labor and Mental Health where he did research on the psychodynamics of American politics, and discovered the immense hunger for "meaning and transcendent purpose for life and work" that became the hallmark of what he calls "a poltiics of meaning." Lerner founded and is Editor of Tikkun Magazine and Chair of The Network of Spriitual Progressives.

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