Tag: ISIS


Religion in 2015: Three Big Stories

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Everyone’s been looking back at the “biggest” news headlines of 2015, but let’s reflect for a moment on how religion played a role in world events this year. For me, three stories come to mind: a) ISIS and radical Islamic terrorists, b) the influential Pope Francis and c) the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. Together, all three topics inspire me to consider a larger question, “How will we work out the balance between faith and freedom?” Watch my video for more insight and......

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Wealth, Holiday Habits and ISIS: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Dec. 7-11), we explored the emotional process of anticipating a major loss, the concern some feel about how to greet others at holiday time, the fear response achieved by terrorists, the competing priorities in our end-of-year schedules, the philanthropic announcement from a tech billionaire… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Grieving Loss Before a Death – Matt Gewirtz I foolishly thought burying my almost 91-year old father would have been easier than what my siblings......

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Fear, ISIS and the American Way: A Refugee's Reflections on 35 Years in the United States

Fear is an odd thing. A fearful instinct telegraphs an imminent danger to you, allowing you to be alert and protective. Fear in the wake of national tragedy or an act of terrorism is a common response. What we do with such fear in the wake of ISIS attacks and threats will reflect the best or the worst of our humanity, values, and character. For many Americans it also a spiritual question about the soul of what makes us American. My life took an unexpected turn in 1980. I was hurriedly sent......

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Planning, Improvising and Grieving: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Nov. 16-20), we?took a closer look at the Starbucks cup controversy, the American public’s selective grief after shocking violence in Paris, the choice to make New Year’s resolutions early, how dance can teach us about relationships and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Starbucks Cup: It’s About Conversation – Michael Bernstein To paraphrase a famous statement, nonsense is nonsense, but the reaction to nonsense is worth looking at. What was at the bottom of the......

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Why Lean on Holocaust Analogies?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: After the shocking crimes of terrorism committed in Paris last week, a leading U.S. presidential candidate recently suggested the reprehensible idea that all Muslims in America should wear I.D. bracelets. Of course, we should reject such a proposal. But on the other hand, is it wise to cite the mistakes America made with Jewish refugees fleeing Nazis as a basis for our present-day policy decisions? “The two situations are not analogous. easy comparisons…simply break down.” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.......

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Love, Money and God: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (August 10 – 14), we discussed how a pop star’s thoughts on love sparked wisdom on why love should change us, the fallout from the $70,000 minimum wage mandate employed by one CEO, the emerging reports about ISIS and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   A Reflection on Unconditional Love Inspired by Taylor Swift – Irwin Kula Taylor?Swift was quoted in the September issue of Vanity Fair about the one thing she demands in a mate.......

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Evil Done in the Name of God

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series:?This week, reports of the systematic use of rape, slavery and sex trafficking by the Islamic State emerged. There are those who have always used religion to justify unacceptable behavior but in the wake of these reports we can never say again that we didn’t know what was happening. We now know, the only question really is what are we going to do about it? Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wide......

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Video: ISIS - Political Correctness and Honesty

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: As the world comes to grips with the threat of terrorism from ISIS, I believe this is a moment when all people must make an honest choice about who they want to be in the world, including in a war which very much has religious overtones but isn’t a war against any one religion, nor can it be allowed to become so. Please watch my video commentary below for more: Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the......

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