Archive: Sharon Brous
Saturday was, simply, the brutal and inevitable intersection of fear, hatred and guns. There are those who, predictably, were quick to classify the violence as the work of a solo individual who held no coherent political ideology. This dangerous and misleading analysis reflects a willful blindness to the context and implications of the shootings.
By Sharon Brous | January 11, 2011; 01:08 AM ET | Comments (15)
Gratitude is about moving beyond the inadequacies, the longing, the not yets. To be grateful is to recognize the mystery of love and connection, the inexplicable power of the human touch. It is to be awed by the ability to...
By Sharon Brous | November 25, 2010; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (2)
It's time to out Don't Ask Don't Tell: it's nothing more than the Separate but Equal of our time. Both policies - ill-conceived and ill-fated - were designed to present elegant solutions to intractable problems, but in fact only perpetuated those problems. The reason that Separate but Equal failed is the same reason that Don't Ask Don't Tell must be repealed: they are both politically unsound and morally bankrupt.
By Sharon Brous | November 17, 2010; 01:27 AM ET | Comments (3)
It hardly helps us in the real fight against Al Quaeda when we alienate Muslims who seek to build communities of freedom, dignity and peace. It is unwise, it is unfair, and it is unAmerican.
By Sharon Brous | August 20, 2010; 07:10 PM ET | Comments (1)
You can't live in an eternal Shabbat, because the religious life is not about personal spiritual satisfaction, it is about pouring holy light into a tragically broken world.
By Sharon Brous | August 10, 2010; 03:02 AM ET | Comments (3)
The role of religion in a sex-drenched culture is to offer some guidelines on how to minimize suffering and maximize the possibility of holiness in sexual relationships.
By Sharon Brous | April 22, 2010; 03:38 AM ET | Comments (1)
Religious life is fundamentally about making the presence of God manifest in our world by witnessing the pain of the afflicted, agonizing over the plight of the poor, fighting for the dignity of all human beings.
By Sharon Brous | April 13, 2010; 07:59 PM ET | Comments (20)
How long will people continue to turn for moral authority to a body that has failed to live up to its promise to protect its most vulnerable members? How can the faithful look to the Church for guidance if the Church neglects to courageously and proactively address its own darkest wounds?
By Sharon Brous | April 2, 2010; 07:53 PM ET | Comments (4)
One of my teachers once said that the way to raise a religious child is to teach her defiance. If she doesn't learn how to question authority, to challenge what seems unjust, to refuse to follow directions that don't make sense, she'll never achieve true piety.
By Sharon Brous | January 6, 2010; 11:24 PM ET | Comments (79)
Not only is the question of health care a moral concern, but the way that we conduct our conversation about it is as well. The bedrock of our country is healthy and vigorous debate over the issues that matter most. And yet it is deeply disturbing to watch respectful debate degenerate into name-calling and accusations.
By Sharon Brous | August 19, 2009; 02:20 PM ET | Comments (3)
I found it deeply heartening that within a couple of hours of the Holocaust Museum shooting I received several press-releases from local and national Muslim organizations condemning the attack.
By Sharon Brous | June 11, 2009; 08:28 AM ET | Comments (3)
I believe that it is more than a liberal reflex that is making many of us so profoundly uncomfortable with Obama's choice of Rick Warren to deliver the inauguration invocation.
By Sharon Brous | December 30, 2008; 01:14 AM ET | Comments (3)
As a person who strives every day to discern the voice of God and live my life in accordance with God's will, I certainly hope that all of our candidates understand that this great country, established in part to honor and protect religious freedom, thrives precisely on the diversity of its inhabitants.
By Sharon Brous | September 11, 2008; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (113)