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On High Holy Days

On High Holy Days

May 25, 2015 | In 1996, I responded to a request from an older adult in the retirement community where I work as a chaplain to provide services for Rosh Hashanah. "The High Holy Days are coming soon. What are you going to do for us? Surely that was a part of your training." I laughed, but she was serious, so we embarked upon a series of discussions on how to make this a possibility for the handful of people who might come. Together Esther and I constructed two one-hour services to honor Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Signs went up in the community announcing the services and inviting people to attend. Read more »

Crossing the Borders of Difference and Joining Together as One

Crossing the Borders of Difference and Joining Together as One

May 18, 2015 | A congregation I once served was a merged congregation of a larger progressive congregation and a smaller conservative congregation. At the time of the merger, neither congregation was welcoming to lgbt people. When the time came for that discussion, it tended to be the remnant of the smaller congregation that was opposed to the decision to become Open and Affirming. Nevertheless, the whole congregation voted to cast its lot with those who were welcoming of lgbt persons and virtually no one left the congregation. Arriving several years later, however, I wasn’t sure how being out would play with those now older and more conservative folks. I knew they loved the church and would be polite, but I wondered how receptive they would be to me.  Read more »

Conflict Transformation Training in North East India

Conflict Transformation Training in North East India

April 11, 2014 | In October 2013, a training in Conflict Transformation was held in Guwahati, the capital of the state of Assam, in Northeast India. The training worked with people from five tribes that have been fighting each other for years. Phenpiga H. Rengma, a participant in the training, recently sent this report on the work being done in the region by his group. Watch Now »


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