When you think of “the missions” what images come to mind?
Maybe you are propelled to foreign and remote parts of the world where the people look, talk and act very differently than you.
Creating the space for civil discourse is a contribution the church could and should make as we debate the important issues before us. The church, as a sanctuary of peace, could be the place that gives us the solace and calm to listen attentively to other members of the community as we discern the kind [...]
“I don’t need organized religion.”
I hear that now and again. Or, “I’m not religious. I’m spiritual.”
Sometimes the individual will add that he or she doesn’t see the need of going to church: “I can be spiritual all on my own.”
I had relegated shepherds to the unicorn file, somewhere near the hunch-backed blacksmith and the whistling milkman. They were the stuff of Mother Goose lore.
So, it was surprising to discover actual shepherds when I visited the Holy Land.
Discussions about the morality of stem cell research often focus on the differences between adult stem cells and stem cells derived from embryos. The adult variety, such as those derived from bone marrow or umbilical cords, are already providing an impressive array of treatments and cures for sick people, while the embryonic kind are not. [...]