Tag: first person

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April 19, 2012

“The trade of chemist (fortified, in my case, by the experience of Auschwitz), teaches you to overcome, indeed to ignore, certain revulsions that are neither necessary nor congenital: matter is matter, neither noble nor vile, infinitely transformable, and its proximate origin is of no importance whatsoever. Nitrogen is nitrogen, it passes miraculously from the air into plants, from these into animals, and from animals into us; when its function in our body is exhausted, we eliminate it, but it still remains nitrogen, aseptic, innocent.”
—Primo Levi

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April 18, 2011

by Caitlin Shetterly, guest contributor Caitlin with her son at home in Maine. (photo: Dan Davis) What is the American…

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February 15, 2011

(photo: Eric Tastad/Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons) Last summer, soon after returning from meeting my new niece, now nearly nine…

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February 6, 2011

Akbar, Rahima, and children two years after emigrating from Afghanistan. (photo courtesy of the author) In 2001 my husband approached…

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February 1, 2011

Although many of us may not fully understand the political and social circumstances or ramifications of the demonstrations in Egypt,…

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January 24, 2011

A newfound respect for the Sufi poet while slipping on an icy Brooklyn sidewalk.

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January 22, 2011

At the heart of my Christian faith is the belief that each and every person I encounter is absolutely cherished…

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December 5, 2010

The Advent tension is a way of learning again that God is God: that between even our deepest and holiest…

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November 7, 2010

(photo: Metal Chris/Flickr, reprinted with Creative Commons license) Chad Smyser, a listener from New York City, took us to task…

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September 16, 2010

Reem El Shafaki, an Egyptian now living in New Jersey, stands in front of the proposed site of the Park51…

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September 12, 2010

There’s spirituality thriving in our houses of worship, often unnoticed and unappreciated. It flourishes in the ordinary give-and-take of congregational…

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September 10, 2010

Yesterday I posted this good morning message on our Facebook page: “Shana Tova! Special memories from New Years past?” Lauren…

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September 8, 2010

Within a month of joining Speaking of Faith, I was told the program I work for was going to be…

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August 10, 2010

Image by aamran Yes, tomorrow is the first day of Ramadan in North America. For the next 30 days Muslims…

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July 26, 2010

When I first heard the interview with Matthew Sanford on the radio, I was moved beyond words. I wanted to…

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July 21, 2010

There are stories within stories that are desperate to be heard, and when they’re heard, they bring us to the place of encounter and empathy, which is the essence of hope and humanity.

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July 20, 2010

Following up on last week’s video post, here’s a 3½-minute video snack where a mix of UUs explain how they…

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July 13, 2010

On the “poetic truth” and the grace and mystery of translation in an era of hard facts.

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July 10, 2010

“There’s satisfaction in the job we do, but, at least for Penny and I, we get to work with our…

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June 3, 2010

When I was a child, the phrase “Defender of the Faith” did not conjure images of the Latin title Fidei…

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May 25, 2010

(photo by Nate Bolt/Flickr, cc by-nc 2.0) The sanctity of a location is often said to be derived from its…

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April 20, 2010

In response to Speaking of Faith’s show about the brutality of regimes around the world and the question of the…

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April 4, 2010

It’s Easter weekend and a lot of people are away for the holiday. When we sent out our e-mail newsletter…

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March 31, 2010

At Monday night’s Passover Seder we used hard-covered, bound copies of a Haggadah with a copyright date of 1923. The…

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March 17, 2010

I almost never buy T-shirts. When my son Josh was younger and going through that gotta-have-that-shirt stage, he bought enough…

Padraig O Tuama with ashes on his forehead celebrating Ash Wednesday.
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February 19, 2010

Reflections from Belfast on the opportunity of Ash Wednesday: “Lent is less for giving up, and more for making space.”

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January 10, 2010

[audio_player:/being/unheard_cuts/mike_rose_studs_terkel.mp3=”Studs Terkel interviews Mike Rose”] In our program with Mike Rose, we are asking you to share your memories of…

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