Steven Waldman
March 2009 Archives

Joseph is going to Egypt. Joseph and Pharaoh are now friends. Elijah is a bit tipsy, but off to a good start. 30,000 households down, and its only 6:30! Read the whole thing: Moses is Departing Egypt: A Facebook Haggadah

This post had earlier included excerpts from an article by Sister Mary Mebane, a Roman Catholic nun who practices Reiki in California. I had ppublished some of her writings, in which she described the compatibility of Reiki and Christian practice, …Read More

Is it possible to have a non-controversial two hour documentary about Jerusalem? PBS seems to have achieved that goal, without making it boring, with “Jerusalem: Center of the World.” Correspondent Ray Suarez and producer Andrew Goldberg raced through 4,000 years …Read More

A reader who says she’s a Reiki practitioner disputes the Catholic Bishops’ contention that, while Christian prayer calls on the divine, Reiki amounts to mere human manipulation of the body: “I will tell you, I have asked God for a …Read More

Religion News Service reports: The U.S. Catholic Bishops said Thursday (March 26) that Catholic chaplains, health care facilities and retreat centers should not promote or support Reiki therapy, a Japanese alternative healing practice. Reiki “finds no support either in the …Read More

On my wall I have a copy of an old fashioned Senate roll call sheet – the handwritten tally from the clerk recording the passage of the original law creating AmeriCorps in 1993. There were hash marks next to just …Read More

The main reason young evangelicals are much more supportive of gay rights than their parents: they know gays. And that will be ever more true as more Christian gays go public.

Sarah Palin told a group of Alaska Republicans last week about preparing to go on stage for the vice presidential debate. “So I’m looking around for somebody to pray with, I just need maybe a little help, maybe a little …Read More

A prosecutor in northeastern Pennsylvania has threatened students with jail time if they didn’t attend classes on the dangers of sexting (sending nude pictures of yourself or friends on your cell phones), The New York Times reports. A few students …Read More

Cathy Grossman and Jack Gillum at USA Today have crunched the numbers and found that gay marriage is getting most traction in states where The Nones (i.e. people who have no religious affiliation) are strongest.