Jews in both England and France are wondering if a future exists for them in Europe in the wake of violence and rising anti-Semitism. French Jews, already feeling under siege, say the trauma of the terrorist attacks, including at a kosher supermarket where four Jews were killed, has left them scared, angry and increasingly willing to consider conflict-torn Israel as a safer refuge.
Recently I attended one of the most joyful events I’ve attended in quite a while. There were was music, flowers, funny stories, and love throughout the building. It was a funeral, a service for a man who died far too young from a disease that is associated with much older people.
The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau says he is “deeply concerned” about a decision from a Catholic-based hospital group to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of employees.
Pope Francis flew out of this Catholic bastion in Asia on Monday after a weeklong trip that included a visit to Sri Lanka and drew what Filipino officials says was a record crowd of 6 million faithful in a Manila park where he celebrated Mass.
The Rev. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson was remembered Saturday as a powerful force in the Kansas City area who gracefully engaged people of all races, genders, faiths and classes in the cause of justice and equality. Mourners filled the sanctuary at St. James United Methodist Church to bid farewell to Thompson, who died a week ago after an extended illness at age 70.
The difficulties we face on Earth today speed toward us like moguls on a triple black-diamond ski slope. Some of us master Earth’s challenges, while others get beaten up in the effort. Regardless of risk or outcome, the thrill of the game is the reason we are here.
The Rev. Roger Coleman, Pilgrim Chapel: For those of us who come to faith not through study of holy writ or acceptance of revered traditions but by reflection on everyday experiences, the story of Balaam and his donkey offers a confusing hodgepodge of incidents.
Armed with a bottle of water and a baseball cap, Father Richard Estrada made his way slowly to the border in the scorching heat. After a half-hour of hiking up a steep dirt trail, he reached the massive steel fence and bowed his head to pray for the immigrants who dreamed of passing it.
As the nation observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day, many who went to Selma — including those who worked or grew up in Kansas City — believe the journey to equal rights continues to prove long and difficult, but also transformative and self-renewing.