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Honoring the Body, a Practicing Our Faith & Valparaiso Project Sermon by Don Richter

            Honoring the Body is based on Psalm 23 and I Corinthians 6:12-20, was preached by Don Richter for the May 2, 2004 Vespers Service... read more >

Touching ‘To Be Sure’ of Reality

Touching ‘To Be Sure’ of Reality

What might seem almost superstitious at first could however have deeper reasons. The assurance that touch gives us makes it rather special in our epistemic life.

Fifty Years Later, Religious Progressives Launch a New Poor People’s Campaign

Fifty Years Later, Religious Progressives Launch a New Poor People’s Campaign

In 2004, a group of Union students founded a center at Union called the Poverty Initiative, which relaunched as the Kairos Center in 2014 with a large gift from the Ford Foundation. Their mission, said the Kairos Center’s co-founder and current co-director, the Rev. Liz Theoharis, is “to support and help grow grassroots movements, particularly drawing on religion and on a human rights framework.”

Longing for Home at Advent from Faith & Leadership

Longing for Home at Advent from Faith & Leadership

Longing for home is deeply embedded in the human psyche. It is an innate hunger, buried deeper even than our memories or imaginings. It is a yearning for the best of what has been and the anticipation of what can be. We hunger for the home we remember and long for the home of which we dream.
 

Is Drinking Bad?

Is Drinking Bad?

Wine was invented 6,000 years before the birth of Christ, but it was monks who largely preserved viniculture in Europe. Religious orders such as the Benedictines and Jesuits became expert winemakers. They stopped only because their lands were confiscated in the 18th and 19th centuries by anti-Catholic governments such as the French Revolution’s Constituent Assembly and Germany’s Second Reich.

Lazy Brains and How Negativity Gets in the Way

Lazy Brains and How Negativity Gets in the Way

Hansen too calls negative reflexes "cognitively lazy". It's much easier to say something is wrong than to think about how it could become right. While it takes cognitive effort to reject your first impulse and make the more rational or helpful observation, it is one that can offer huge dividends.  [More About What To Do ...].

The Psychology of Self-Righteousness with Jonathan Haidt On Being

The Psychology of Self-Righteousness with Jonathan Haidt On Being

“When it comes to moral judgments, we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we arrived at by other means.” The surprising psychology behind morality is at the heart of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s research. He explains “liberal” and “conservative” not narrowly or necessarily as political affiliations, but as personality types — ways of moving through the world. His self-described “conservative-hating, religion-hating, secular liberal instincts” have been challenged by his own studies.

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Watchfulness, Vision and The Future

It's a good word for the church. In his instructions to the church at Colossae, Paul asks his readers to be watchful....

Poll Out on Prayers of the Non-Religious

For many non-believers, it is an instinctive response to a crisis: “Please, God.” So perhaps it should not be...

Sermons for President's Day from Indiana University

War of 1812 in the collections of the Lilly Library at Indiana University:   Before the War, The War - 1812...

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