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Big Questions Forum: Where Do We Go From Here?

By the time the next Big Questions Forum rolls around on Tuesday November 15th, the pugnacious election campaign of 2016 will have concluded – at least in terms of the voting. We can but hope that there will be a measure of closure and acceptance by then, so we can begin to wonder: emerging from the fractious political battles we’ve witnessed and endured, where do we go from here? Continue reading…

Alleviating Our Election Anxiety

By , November 2, 2016
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It’s all over the media and in the public discourse – this year’s election is causing many people great anxiety.  According to a Harris Poll survey, more than half of all Americans experience significant stress around the 2016 election.  This is true across all ages groups although it seems to impact the “Matures” (71+) and the “Millennials” (19-37) most. Continue reading…

Greed: A Deadly Spiritual Poison

By , November 1, 2016
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As we enter a month when our spiritual theme is “abundance and stewardship,” like Sweet Honey in the Rock, “I been trying to think about how to talk about greed.” As the group sings,

“Greed is a poison rising in this land…
Greed is a strain in the American Dream
Having more than you need is the essential theme.
Everybody wanting more than they need to survive
Is a perfect indication, greed has settled inside.”

When I listen to this song, I’m reminded Continue reading…

Baby Basics Offers Diapers for Low-income Families

By , October 27, 2016
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Baby Basics is an all-volunteer, 501c3 organization, that gives free diapers to working, low-income families who live in Needham, Dedham and South Boston. For a family to be eligible, at least one parent/guardian must be working; the child must be under the age of three; and the family cannot be receiving any federal or state cash assistance and must meet the financial guidelines for WIC – goo.gl/4MnAC0. If you are interested in the service or know someone who might be, check out the attached poster. You can apply online at www.babybasicsinc.org. You can also sign up to volunteer or make a donation at www.babybasicsinc.org.

 

Peace Through Democracy, or “Order” Through Tyranny

By , September 22, 2016
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caties-photo-star-warsAs many of you know, I spent two weeks of my summer with my family in Alaska, beginning with a cruise up the southeastern coast. One night on the boat, I learned that they were showing Star Wars: The Force Awakens in their “theater under the stars” on the upper deck of the ship. On the one hand, I’d already seen the film about a half a dozen times… But, on the other hand, I’d never seen it outdoors! Continue reading…

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