The following excerpt is from a blog published in the Washington Post to commemorate World AIDS Day, 1 December, 2012: Compassion for those who are HIV positive is crucial. Yet compassion by sufferers could also be vital. Recent research found that “holding a compassionate view of others” is one of four spiritual/religious attitudes that were “significantly related […]
This blog first appeared in the Washington Post on 5 November, 2012. Health-care reform – just two simple words. But the simplicity of the phrase belies the fact it is an issue that has convulsed the nation, commanding an untold number of column inches and consuming a massive amount of airtime. Throughout the presidential campaign […]
My most recent blog has been posted on the Huffington Post UK. Please check it out! NHS Workers Show the Value of Keeping Health Care Options Open Mainstream, traditional, conventional and orthodox – all words which, when applied to medicine, suggest a must-have of hospitals, pills, uniformed nurses and doctors with stethoscopes. But it’s not […]
The whole of last week, the Guardian’s comment is free – belief section included the following question: Is it possible to discuss religion online in a way that makes sense to believers? This question is worthwhile, if only because if the discussion doesn’t make sense to the people discussed, they aren’t going to join in. […]
Video of interfaith “Question of Faith” with Peter Owen Jones and a cast of six…including the District Manager!
As previously reported, I recently had the pleasure of appearing on a panel with Anglican priest, author and BBC presenter Peter Owen Jones in Eastbourne, by invitation of the local Faith Forum. If anyone out there has an hour and a half to spare in their busy lives, this has now been posted as a […]
Last night I had the privilege and pleasure of sharing a place on a (long) table with BBC author and television presenter Peter Owen Jones. The individualistic Anglican clergyman chaired an interfaith panel based on the BBC’s “Question Time” that drew an impressively full audience to Eastbourne’s Congress Suite, Winter Garden. The event was hosted by the […]
I recently read a book which impressed upon me the healing dimension that can be brought out in familiar spiritual life practices by having a woman’s voice speak from the pulpit. (Or via a book!) In this case it is the Judaism of my youth which seems to exhibit a more healing heart as this […]
Individualising the Desmond Tutu response to state evil – “Get Inspired Project!” includes an interview with a Christian Scientist.
The “Get Inspired Project” was launched last year by Toni Reece, President of The PEOPLE Academy, Inc. It is a year-long commitment to “collect all of the amazing stories of how people inspire others and what they need to be inspired themselves” – and that collection has been amassing for eleven months on the website: […]
That is, not according to the Oxford University Press book “Science vs Religion” researched by Elaine Howard Ecklund, who is the “assistant professor of sociology at Rice University and current director of the program on Religion & Public Life for the Institute for Urban Research, and a Rice Scholar at the James A. Baker III […]
One possible answer to the question posed in the title of this blog is that “sometimes it can seem to be!” A case in point is a Sarah Sands column published in the London Evening Standard this week. The article describes artists and others who are willing to see the Tate Modern art gallery lose vital funds […]