(RNS) Faith is about our assemblies, not the place of our assembling. It is about touches we share, words we exchange, sighs too deep for words, questions beyond answering, yearnings that draw us outside ourselves.
Author Archives: Tom Ehrich
(RNS) Self-centeredness is nothing new, of course. But for a time, ideals of community and shared sacrifice seemed to hold self-centeredness in check. Many of us think our nation is still playing by ethical rules that restrained an essential selfishness. Not so.
(RNS) No one will accept accountability, for we live in age when the “buck” never stops on one’s own desk, if it stops at all.
(RNS) Today’s Tea Party partisans, as odious as I find their views, are just another minority trying to get their way in the competition of ideas.
(RNS) Now we are seeking to transform — transform constituents’ lives and transform our troubled world. Now we are actually “doing what Jesus did.” Now we are disrupting and challenging.
(RNS) Old ideas just need to be abandoned and something fresh and responsive allowed to emerge. Old ideas always benefit someone, and those someones tend to push back to protect their benefits. But that self-protective push-back isn’t a viable strategy.
SAN MATEO, Calif. (RNS) The politicians in Washington who are maneuvering for a federal shutdown should come to Central Park on El Camino Real where real people live, love and value each other instead of trying to tear down the government.
POLAND, Ohio (RNS) Destructive elements in Congress might yet succeed in shutting down the government. But they won’t cripple an emerging fervor among the faithful to bind up the nation’s wounds.
NEW YORK (RNS) I walk past Best Buy on Fifth Avenue and feel no urge to go inside. Same with the Apple store. I’m just not wowed anymore, and it’s the same lesson that churches are painfully learning.
(RNS) How do we deal with mounting resentment among downwardly mobile citizens? Funnel more wealth to the undeserving 1 percent, while subjecting the 99 percent to a maze of rules, police actions, dwindling benefits and a surveillance state.