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Easter, West and East by Laura Shannon

Western Easter has come and gone, and I missed it this year, by design. I went to Athens for the weekend, where Easter this year won’t come until May 1. In the Greek Orthodox Church, Easter is reckoned differently, so that…

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Resurrection: A Reality or A Pious Dream, Part VII: Matthew Interprets and Expands Mark

Resurrection: A Reality or A Pious Dream, Part VII: Matthew Interprets and Expands Mark. Bishop Spong’s informed commentary offers welcome relief from those who insist on reading the Bible literally. He reimagines the message of Christ in ways that challenge

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Good Friday: A Call to Abolish Capital Punishment

Yes. If we have truly evolved as a species,if we wish to call ourselves civilized, and people of faith, we should have long ago abolished the death penalty. It is barbaric. How can we express horror at beheadings in faraway

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Lent: Letting in Light and Beauty

Lent: a time of abstinence and fasting; small penances amidst our everyday abundance that remind us to savor the sweetness of life. Lent invites us to pare our lives down to essentials. It does not require us to dwell in

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David Cohen: “I believe in grace.”

What better time to believe in grace than in the Easter season? Or, for David Cohen, in the season of Passover. The former president of Common Cause and “the preeminent voice of public advocacy” was still in Passover observance mode

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Passover Seder to Easter: Letting Go of Odious Orthodoxy

It was my first Passover Seder. Our host, Karen Kahn said it would be a celebration of liberation, not of religious orthodoxy. She and her wife, Patricia Gozemba have been warriors for many causes, from LGBT rights to clean air,

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