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Most religious traditions place a value on charity — helping those who are less fortunate. In Islam, for example, if your neighbor has nothing you are called on to give half of what you have.

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…

Jesus of Nazareth was born in, lived in, and was crucified by the Roman Republic. We glorify Rome. We mourn its downfall. And often, we overlook that if that Republic were to exist today, it would be considered Fascist.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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’m sure you’ve noticed. We are lost. The pandemic, inflation, war, shootings … Institutions and processes that have long offered a sense of stability to our world are falling apart. NO ONE knows what to do.

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.

MANCHESTER — The First Congregational Church of Manchester is pleased to announce the calling of a new settled minister. The Rev. William (Bill) Borror will begin his ministry as the Church’s 26th settled pastor in September.

When I was little my parents were deeply involved in the Methodist Church in Bennington. It offered several strengths that were extremely important foundation stones for my life.

Eid Mubarak! Eid al-Fitr begins this Sunday and ends on Monday evening. For a month now, Muslims have been keeping the fast of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the breaking of the fast.

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