Religious Roots of the Israel/Palestine Conflict

From one of our favorite podcasts and brilliant biblical scholar Dan McClellan… If you are interested in learning about the religious roots of Israel’s justification for the destruction of Palestine, here is a very clear explanation. It’s ALL based on biblical mythology: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/genocide/id1681418502?i=1000645842041

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The Corporatization of Hospice

For those of you who’ve worked in hospice for long than the last five years of so, here’s why everything has changed so drastically. Hospices (and nursing homes and even hospitals) are now owned by venture capitalists and primate investment groups. All that matters is making profits for the shareholders, and the quality of care…

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The NONES

  In my first semester at the San Francisco Theological Seminary, where I earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral counseling, I took a class called “The Spirituality of the Nones, Dones and SBNRs.” I couldn’t have wished for a better introduction to a progressive seminary education. That was 2017, and since then, the…

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The Telephone Game

  In Bart Ehrman’s remarkable book, Jesus Interrupted,[1] he describes how the stories that formed early Christianity were spread through the Roman empire and beyond.  A merchant in a village in a village meets a traveling stranger who preaches about the life, death and miracles of a man named Jesus, and how belief in the…

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Non-Religious Chaplains

Many thanks to Amy Lawton for this excellent article pointing out that chaplains are not necessarily religious, nor are they the same as ministers or pastors: As more Americans step away from organized religion, so do more chaplains – but they are prepared to offer spiritual care regardless of a patient’s beliefs. READ MORE…

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On the internet, anyone can be a grief therapist now Practitioners and clients struggle to navigate the unregulated counseling certification industry by Astrid Landon from https://www.codastory.com/waronscience/grief-counseling-online-certifications/ Image by TEONA TSINTSADZE   In one of our previous posts we referenced this very important article, but it really needs its own dedicated space in our blog. Many…

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An Obituary as a Healing Tool

In July 2022, this story gained national attention. I personally applauded this man for using the process of writing his father’s obituary as a tool for healing, and many mental health professionals agreed with my view. But there were lots of objections to it — primary from the lay public — because cultural norms seem…

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Why Winter Solstice Matters Around the World

Jasmin Merdan/Moment via Getty Images From Religion News Service, Dec. 22, 2022   (The Conversation) — If you’ve already spend hours shoveling snow this year, you may be dismayed to realize that technically, it’s not yet winter. According to the astronomical definition, the season will officially begin in the Northern Hemisphere on Dec. 21, 2022: the…

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