"...Dear President Trump, My Tradition encourages me to pray for our appointed and elected government leaders. You are indeed the President of our United States. You were elected by the system, which has elected presidents since our inception as a Nation. The success of your work would be a good thing for my family, people and me. I will not participate in denying your legitimacy as our president because I have abhorred the actions of those who have done so to President Obama the past eight years.
"...It’s about who is better positioned to fix what is broken between the parties. The exercise of that awareness is just one of the obligations which come with power, and what distinguishes the ethical use of power from simple demagoguery...."
"...I must march. I am a woman in a male-dominated profession. I have been sneered at, grabbed, and sexually harassed. I have been ignored, belittled, and undervalued. I will march to show that none of this will stop me. I hope to join thousands of women who feel the same way, thousands who will raise their voices to be heard. Who will not settle for being treated as second class citizens in this great country of ours...."
"‘This really is the death of religion as an important force to repair society,' [Rabbi Irwin] Kula said. 'All that religion has become in America is a force to be used by political powers.'
As a result, on inauguration day, no matter who is praying or what they say, the polarization and politicization of the United States will be on display, Kula said.
Even so, Kula said he’s curious to see what Graham and Hier say in their prayers.
"Imprints," a poem by Clal teaching fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer, is one of the top five popular poems in the online journal, as well as one of the top five most shared articles/poems for 2016. Bearings Online is a journal of Collegeville Institute For Ecumenical Studies, a place of scholarship, worship, dialogue, and community immersed in the Benedictine rhythm of work and prayer.
"I recently received an amazing piece of mail. A large envelope arrived at my office, containing a letter and a bound document. The letter referred to a sermon I gave some 14 years ago. At that time, I encouraged each person present to create an ethical will – a personal statement of values, beliefs, stories – whatever it was that was they believed was their legacy. The bound document accompanying the letter was in fact the writer's ethical will.
"I have always viewed Mother Nature as being synonymous with happiness. It is literally the center of all things ‘Life.’ If you took five minutes right now to step outside and be one with nature, you would experience thousands of things all at once: the subtlety of the earth breathing, the wind blowing onto your face, the sunshine warming your body, the birds tittering in your ears. It's all there, whether we notice it or not.
"...We all love our ghosts, but sometimes we can resent them too. For parents who lost mates and raised children without them, the ghost-mate sometimes looms larger in disembodied legend and longing than they might have if death had not taken them early.
"A strange thing happened in the wake of the election, and is intensifying now that the inauguration is next week.
People want to be together in new and powerful ways...."
By Rabbi Seth Goldstein, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com
"A strange thing happened in the wake of the election, and is intensifying now that the inauguration is next week. People want to be together in new and powerful ways. For all of the talk of division and schism in this country, there also is a galvanizing and unifying force that is bringing people together to work for social change in a way that feels somewhat unprecedented.