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Video: How to Respond to the Jerusalem Attacks

Posted November 21, 2014 @ 11:11 am
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From Odyssey Networks' Faith on the Record series: This week in a bloody attack at the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem, four men, including three rabbis, were killed as they prayed. It is the latest act in a part of the world plagued by religious violence. As horrible as these events are, the best response never comes from a place of despondency, desperation, depression, fear or anger....

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Walking in Someone’s Shoes: The Difficult but Rewarding Practice of Empathy

Posted November 20, 2014 @ 10:11 am
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The Difficult But Rewarding Practice of Empathy

In reading the responses to Brittany Maynard's physician assisted suicide, I wondered about how much empathy we possess as individuals and as a culture.  Do we truly even know what empathy is and what behavior it requires of us? ...

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Human Rights For Real

Posted November 20, 2014 @ 10:11 am
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Human Rights For Real

We are all for freedom and for human rights in general. But we also know that our commitment to insure that people live in free societies with human rights is often compromised, consciously and unconsciously, by both our individual and national self-interests. We buy and enjoy consumer goods that we know are produced in places (China) where dissidents like Noble Peace Prize Laureat Liu Xiaobo are...

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Are You Still an FOP: Fan of the Pope?

Posted November 19, 2014 @ 10:11 am
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Are You Still An FOP- Fan Of the Pope?

Pope Francis has engaged and inspired millions of non-Catholics, former Catholics and alienated Catholics since assuming his position as global leader of the Catholic Church. He is both a spiritual master and global celebrity, so yes, the world is now filled with FOPs - Fans Of the Pope. Only now, some of them may be reconsidering their views, though I am not sure that that is fair, at least not...

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How Do We Innovate Religion?

Posted November 18, 2014 @ 10:11 am
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How Do We Innovate Religion

In this talk I gave at BIF10 in September, I focus on religion from the most practical and, as it turns out, most innovative perspective: how well do our religions serve our deep human needs? What if religions were actually measured by their ability to impact our capacity for gratitude, hope, empathy and our sense of belonging? What if we unbundled the wisdom and practices from established...

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