Jewish people are not homogenous, Rabbi Samuel Stahl said. They are diverse in the way they practice their faith and at the extent to which they follow Jewish laws.
Looking back on his first season as director of the Department of Religion, the Rev. Robert Franklin is tired. Tired, but happy and full of plans for the future.
Hussein Rashid said death has power because people don’t understand it. Certain Muslim traditions, though, try to give death meaning.
“If we are honest, we have spent the better part of our lives trying to get the approval of others. No matter what stage of life or station in life, it is what we long for,” said the Rev. Cynthia Hale. She preached at the 9:15 a.m. Thursday worship service. Her sermon title was “How to Win God’s Approval” and the scripture text was Hebrews 11:1-6.
Life was predictable for Eben Alexander until Nov. 10, 2008. The neurosurgeon woke up at 4:30 a.m. with severe back pain. After developing an excruciating migraine, he eventually collapsed on his bed and fell into a week-long coma.
A mishmash of Chautauquans — some veterans of the Institution, some first-timers; some older, some in college; some Christian, some atheist — sit in a circle in the basement library of the Everett Jewish Life Center.
“Sometimes preachers like to talk to a specific group of people and invite the rest of you to listen in. I am going to preach to the golden girls and guys today,” said the Rev. Cynthia Hale at the morning worship service Wednesday.
Emmanuel Lartey, a Ghana native and L. Bevel Jones III Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, focused on African religious traditions and their relationship with death during his 2 p.m. Interfaith Lecture Tuesday in the Hall of Philosophy.
Aging is a privilege. With that privilege is the inevitable fact of life: Everyone will die. But Rebecca Brown said not everyone will die well.
“My ancestors responded to the slave experience by expressing their feelings and faith in song,” said the Rev. Cynthia Hale during her sermon, “Have You Got Good Religion?” at the 9:15 a.m. morning worship service Tuesday. “Spirituals were the soul of a people in a dark, dehumanizing place with a cold, cruel master. Their faith is evidenced in song, and at the end of the day they would steal away to Jesus and preach their souls happy.”