Man alive! Our world is churning with storms. Go to the grocery stores and many prices have doubled in a year! Whoa! Massive hurricanes and draughts, violence and crime are going wild. And I am writing this Wednesday morning like millions of Americans tending to hold my breath about election…
Recently, in a New York Times column, a Roman Catholic priest wrote of the growing number of clergy, from all denominations, who were considering leaving the ministry. He reported that a large number of those are finding it difficult to remain in their chosen calling.
I will always remember the times when depression, like an inpenetrable darkness, has settled over my heart and soul.
Rosh Hashanah is in the past. Yom Kippur is in the very near future, starting next week on Tuesday. Around the world, Jewish people will fast and pray. Yom Kippur is called the Day of Atonement, and it is the time for the faithful to repent, to atone for sins against God. On Yom Kippur, obse…
NORTH BENNINGTON — Huluppu, a magical bookshop, is now open to “healers, shamans, occultists and more … witches, wizards and tricksters galore,” as its website reveals.
A few weeks ago on a weekday morning, it was my job to walk our dog Ruthie. I looked out the window and saw that it was pouring rain. Luckily, there is a dense grove of basswood trees across the street from our house and I walked her over there figuring we’d be partially protected. I was wrong.
POWNAL — The District Act 250 Commission has posted details of a proposed permit for a Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall planned for a site off Route 7.
For many Christians the Good News is that Jesus died and rose again to new life, and he opens a pathway for us to go with him. Pretty exciting! What we may not notice is how Jesus brought about resurrections immediately in the times and places where he lived.
Have you ever done something downright wrong, where afterwards you said to yourself, “Well, that wasn’t my proudest moment”?
BENNINGTON — Jehovah’s Witnesses will resume their door-to-door ministry beginning Sept. 1, after a two-and-a-half-year suspension of the work.
When I was young (back in the stone age!) I believed in God unquestioningly. Even though my life was shaking in major ways (my mom falling apart with Multiple Sclerosis for example) I still felt surrounded by love at home, in church, and at school. That helped to build a strong faith in me t…
Religion and myth try to address the issues of evil and sin. Is every negative act we commit a sin? How many sins does someone have to do to be called a “sinner?” Are some people evil, or simply do evil things?
I have to start this article by thanking my neighbors, Charlie and Christine Gingo, for inspiring it. We met each other recently on a Baby Bear kind of evening here in town, an evening when everything was just right. They were headed out for a walk, and I was heading home. We stopped to chat…
BENNINGTON — Rev. Kathleen Clark has been the pastor at The Federated Church of East Arlington for almost 15 years. She was raised Catholic. In her time in the Catholic church, “I can honestly say I don’t think I ever heard anybody talk about the possibility of inclusion” regarding the LGBTQ…
All around us is noise. Noisy politicians. Reports of crimes and arrests in the papers. Television news with an emphasis on the conflicts that surround us. Talking heads spouting their opinions. Then there is the internet, badgering emails, scams and more noise.
When I was in grade school, every morning we started with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Lord’s Prayer, and the reading of a Psalm.