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"At the beginning of G-d's creating of the heavens and the earth..." ~ Everett Fox's translation of Bereshit/Genesis 1:1

How Do You Imagine God?
God in America and USA WEEKEND Magazine are partnering to explore Americans' images of God.

How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I imagine G-d as Openness in the Sky and the reaching of human hands...and the sweet sounds of a peep of chickens in trees calling to each other.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator love is possible
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator and still is in the power of hope to move us to act for justice.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when my daughter was ill
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator everything to me.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that it is a religion of laws, not love.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my grandmother.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that we are all in a dialogue with the Holy.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that adults needed to respect children more.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator complex.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a seeker.
Are your beliefs or practices different from your parents? If so, how and why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator yes, because we are both seekers and we found different things.
If you have children, did becoming a parent change your relationship to faith? If so, how? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my commitment to religious education increased.

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator all day and everywhere...also in synagogue and various other settings.
Does your family practice more than one religion or faith? If so, how do you blend the traditions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator yes, it is not simple and i am not sure how we are actually doing it as we are rooted in one faith and comfortable sharing in other faiths and we are also part of a non-creedal community of folks.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator it is the most difficult and the easiest thing i do all at once.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator our mezzuzah
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator the TANAKH

Religion & the Public Square

What should be the role of religion in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator religion should be protected by politics but not ever in the midst of politics.
Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator yes, as long as they are rooted in history.
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator yes, with gusto!
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator it is THE most important thing we can engage in now.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator yep, i do it all the time.
Do you feel that you have a duty, because of your faith, to put your beliefs into action? What are some of those actions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator yes, social justice actions.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator no.
Has 9/11 had any impact on your thoughts about religion? Are you more/less interested in learning about other religions? Do you feel more/less comfortable expressing your religious beliefs? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator i am more interested in learning about all religions and the intersections of religions across time and place.

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Published October 11, 2010

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