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United Methodists reject calls for divestment from Israel-related companies

(RNS) United Methodists twice rejected measures on Wednesday (May 2) that called for the denomination to divest from companies accused of contributing to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Neither vote was particularly close, with about two-thirds …

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Moses: A Stranger Among Us

This is a book about the Moses we don’t usually hear about – not in religious school or from the pulpit.

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Israeli Conservative Movement Will Ordain Gay Rabbis

Six years after its American counterpart, the Conservative movement’s Israeli rabbinical school voted last month to admit gay and lesbian students. It’s one small step for LGBT people, one foot-dragging schlep for the Jews. As progressives celebrate this milestone, …

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When Faith Meets Reason: Religion Scholars Reflect on Their Spiritual Journeys

In a slender book rich with large and profound ideas, Hedrick collects 13 essays solicited from scholars in religion (including himself) that answer the broad question of how faith is understood when it conflicts with reason, science, or scholarship.

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Asphalt Gospel, DVD

The amazing journey included dialogues with folks from across the spectrum of beliefs – including fundamentalist Christians, progressive Christians, moderate Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, pagans, atheists, agnostics, and others.

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The Temple of God’s Wounds

Every Holy Week for many years I have travelled to The Temple of God’s Wounds, a small book written in 1951 by the Anglican Bishop of Bombay, ‘Will Quinlan’ nee William Quinlan Lash, a mystic.

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Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening

Offering direction and hope to individuals and churches, Christianity After Religion is Bass’s call to approach faith with a newfound freedom that is both life-giving and service driven. And it is a hope-filled plea to see and participate in creating a fresh, vital, contemporary way of faith that stays true to the real message of Jesus.

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Beyond Dogmatism

Now I’m not opposed to ideologies and religions. They can inform and inspire. But when beliefs are held dogmatically, they make reasoned discourse nearly impossible. I think we can have beliefs and convictions without considering them to be absolute….We are living in difficult times, and I hope readers will find my essays relevant and thought-provoking both for individual reflection and group discussion…….Let the discussions begin.

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Agape Ecumenical Center in Italy: International camps August, 2012

Dear friends, The WSCF has had a historical relationship with the international ecumenical center of Agape in Northern Italy since its inception.  WSCF helped build Agape right after World War II as a symbol of reconciliation among …

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Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism

In Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism, thinker and philosopher Rajiv Malhotra addresses the challenge of a direct and honest engagement on differences, by reversing the gaze, repositioning India from being the observed to the observer and looking at the West from the dharmic point of view.

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Toward an Honest Pluralism

Malhotra argues for a distinct Indian alternative to the assumption that Western constructs should define and describe the whole world. His book is an eye-opener, if we recognize the inner vision that can see the seldom-examined presuppositions we use to define and categorize the world.

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