"My lifelong belief is that love and death interwoven are the heartstrings of religion. The greatest of all truths is that love never dies. The opposite of love is not death. It is fear."
One of the beautiful things about a terminal illness is you are invited into the present, and your friendships become stronger. Your loved ones become more vital and more present. Each day becomes more beautiful. You walk through the valley of the shadow, and it’s riddled with light.
The notoriously tough maximum security Sing Sing Prison in New York State is a forbidding place, not where you would expect to find a program offering an accredited master’s degree in professional studies in religion. The course is sponsored by the New York Theological Seminary, and it’s been at Sing Sing for a quarter of a century. More
Walt Whitman believed himself a prophet and regarded Leaves of Grass as scripture. So did his many disciples.
Anna Greenberg, senior vice president at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, presented the results of a Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly/UN Foundation national survey on how religion shapes American perceptions about US foreign policy priorities and commitments.
John Hamre, president and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, remarks on the importance of the religious impulse in foreign policy and government's "intellectual blinders" when it comes to understanding religion's role.
The conventions are over. Truckloads of trash have found their way to landfills, despite best efforts to "go green." Massive sets of Democratic Doric columns and the 51 foot by 30 foot high-definition screen of the Republicans have all been returned to wherever it is such things go.
Read excerpts from Kim Lawton's August 15, 2008 interview in Washington, DC, with former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee about the McCain campaign, Republican platform issues, and the convictions of the candidate.
Read more of Kim Lawton's interview with Leah Daughtry, chief executive of the 2008 Democratic Convention.
The election season moves into high gear this week with the Democratic National Convention in Denver, followed by the Republican gathering in St. Paul.