A great many Jews, religious and secular alike, feel inspired by the Jewish concept of tikkun olam: our collective duty to help heal the world. Like many other progressive concepts, tikkun olam can easily be caricatured as a “nice” thing to do rather than a good thing. Awww, those B’nai Mitzvah students are picking up litter in the park — isn’t that nice! In this formulation, “nice” is code for gestural, temporary and ultimately ineffectual.Read More »
At 10 a.m. on Aug. 3 Spokane Faith & Values panelists will discuss righteous anger.
As people of faith, is it OK to be mad at times?Read More »
Join us today at 10 a.m. at Chairs Coffee for our seventh Coffee Talk!
The panelists, the Rev. Joe Niemiec Jr., Amy Rice, Laura Stembridge and Rev. Deb Conklin, will be discussing forgiveness.Read More »
When I volunteered for this panel, writing an article on what forgiveness looks like seemed relatively easy. To my mild surprise, my thoughts on the matter deadlocked so that I ended up mired in writers block until my dog Winston was attacked by two other dogs.Read More »
I finally learned about forgiveness at age 36, when my husband, the father of our then 4-year-old son, and our daughter on the way, left me for a young student of his. In the process he said and did many hurtful things. And over the years, he continued to do and say hurtful things. At first, I simply lived in pain — deep, emotional and spiritual pain.Read More »
Forgiveness lightens my load and clears my vision to see the perfection in the world.
Today let me forgive someone
Let me forgive myself
Let me clear my sight.