According to the Biblical story of the Exodus, Sinai, and the Wilderness, Pharaoh turned workers into slaves, immigrants into pariahs, and tormented the earth until it rebelled in ecological disasters -- the Plagues. He used his domestic police -- overseers -- to harass and punish dissidents and workers, and his horse-chariot army to subjugate an empire. Yet -- or therefore -- inspired by YHWH, the Breathing-Spirit of the World -- a band of runaway slaves created a whole new form of community. Today, what institutions are behaving like Pharaoh, and how do we create new communities that celebrate the intertwining of many different human cultures with each other and the Earth? What could be the role of a transformed and transformative Judaism in that process, alongside other religious and spiritual communities?
By Arthur Waskow | November 3, 2010; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (3)
I was asked by the organizers of yesterday's "One America Working Together," rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to give one of three 5-minute mini-sermons at the interfaith service that kicked off the rally. I was asked to speak on ...
By Arthur Waskow | October 3, 2010; 03:58 PM ET | Comments (0)
Hawking and his peers have been laboring over their own version of Genesis for almost two centuries now, beginning with Lyell and Darwin. That long, cross-disciplinary work of producing a new "creation story" is now almost complete, meaning that it's time to sweep the old myth aside, replacing it with something that better suits our needs. We won't see that myth as a myth of course. It wouldn't function if we did. It needs to be true.
By Clark Strand | September 6, 2010; 05:31 PM ET | Comments (11)
Today, I worry that most people, if asked what path they are on, will answer that they belong to this or that spiritual tradition when, in reality, the path they are traveling (whether they are religious or not) is about to go over a cliff.
By Clark Strand | August 9, 2010; 09:36 PM ET | Comments (1)
About 200 people took part in a unique fusion of political rally, multireligious prayer, and Tisha b'Av observance at noon July 20 on the grounds of the US Capitol. Videotape from the event will be available by Thursday morning on The Shalom Center's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheShalomCenter The major slogans of the rally were "Get dirty fuels out of our air and water/ Get dirty money out of our politics."
By Arthur Waskow | July 21, 2010; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (1)
What does the name "terrorist" tell us about ourselves? Like most good questions, this one is extremely hard to arrive at, for the simple reason that the resistance to asking it is so great. Nevertheless, once we get at it, the answer isn't hard to find.
By Clark Strand | July 14, 2010; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (4)
Three months! --- and it is even clearer now we are facing not an oil "spill" in the Gulf, the way water might spill from a dish or oil from a tanker -- a finite amount in the first place, and then we clean up. What we see iis more like piercing, penetrating, raping the deep-hidden places in the body of Mother Earth, a mile beneath the surface of the ocean, with such ultraviolence that Her very guts are pouring out, drenching and poisoning us. But we can take this disaster as a teaching toward a Turning in our lives and action.
By Arthur Waskow | July 8, 2010; 09:47 PM ET | Comments (0)