"It’s inherently challenging for believers and atheists to have productive conversations. Discussing topics such as belief and nonbelief, the potential irrationality of religion, or the limits of scientific knowledge is difficult since each side often ends up more firmly entrenched in their own worldview.
But one bright person interested in broadening the conversation is Sam McNerney, a science writer who focuses on cognitive science and an atheist interested in religion from a psychological point of view...."
"...Unfortunately, neither side seems terribly concerned about the real impact of their actions on those who don’t share their beliefs. For the ACLU and FFRF, that has meant a headlong march to strip religious symbols out of locations where their presence brings great comfort and meaning to the families and friends of thousands of fallen heroes...""
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Is Mitt Romney's past work at Bain Capital really relevant? Is President Obama correct to suggest that such work is poor preparation for the presidency?
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Colorado second-grader Sean King was sent home from school for wearing blackface as part of his tribute to Dr. MLK Jr. Was the school being appropriately sensitive or foolishly over-reactive?
"The ones who have died
Daughter of Shoah survivors
She carries them all"
This Haiku by Janet R. Kirchheimer was awarded honorable mention.
"...When I gave the cabbie my take on Jesus that night in Syracuse, I was speaking to him through the prism of my Hebron experience and how it had changed me. I was trying to help him see that my way was not the only way, and that although each of us was deeply committed to a particular tradition, we could remain open to the wisdom found in other traditions?..."
"...‘It seems to me, that whatever one might say to the followers of their particular faith, unless one believes that each faith should aspire to making the United States into a theocracy in its own image — imposing it’s views on everybody — we need to distinguish between that which we teach to those who choose our respective faiths, and that for which we advocate as a shared norm. The latter must almost always be wider than the former.
Our Vision: A New Way to Remember
BEHOLD, a performance film, will feature Holocaust poetry read and performed by well-known actors, musicians, and poets. Though Holocaust films abound, whether documentary, fiction, or non-fiction, the intersection of poetry and film is an un-mined, powerful vehicle to present a new way to remember, and keep us vigilant. There has never been a Holocaust film like BEHOLD.
"...We are heirs to a heritage that intentionally and consciously cloaks, clouds and shrouds in an attempt to press us into a mode of searching and seeking. And once we enter this modality of intense examination, we come to realize that the absolute and definitive truths that we so often crave are neither available nor desirable..."
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Tupelo Press ran the Winter 2012 edition of the Poetry Project. Janet R. Kirchheimer’s was awarded honorable mention for her poem "Errata."