Religion

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Torah and Quran offer different perspectives rather than being at odds

At the end of June, the Cathedral of the Rockies sponsored an interfaith panel discussion on the role and place of Moses in the three Abrahamic faiths. Rabbi Dan Fink, the Rev. Duane Anders and I took turns discussing this important character in each of our scriptures. Notwithstanding the importance of Moses in Judaism, this prophet also plays an important role in both Christianity and Islam.

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After a journey, a shift in priorities

“ ... I am going to watch the first half and then go home and watch the Broncos game on TV,” a friend, BJ Rhode, Eagle High School Junior Varsity Football coach and a former Broncos quarterback, announced as we entered the Meridian football field, where my son, a senior, was to play that night. I had no clue my beloved Boise State University football team was even playing a game that day.

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Pray whenever, with specificity

Earlier this month while grocery shopping, I engaged in conversation with another shopper for a few minutes. She noticed the big, ugly, black post-surgery boot I was limping around in and asked the status of my foot. I assured her that things were going well, and in response she asked for my name — so that she could pray for me by name.

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Rabbis rally against gun violence, NRA rhetoric as killings continue

The National Rifle Association was not always a morally bankrupt organization. For most of its long history, the NRA focused on gun safety, hunting, and sportsmanship. As a boy, I proudly displayed the NRA marksmanship patches that I earned at the shooting range at scout camp. Back in that era, the organization often supported reasonable gun control legislation.

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Let’s add the words, Idaho

There has been so much said about the massacre in Orlando, it seems a person can’t say much more. I am a minister in a faith tradition which calls for the embracing of all kinds of diversity, but Unitarian Universalism can lay no unique claim to outrage. All religions — Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Jews, Pagans — are heartbroken and outraged at yet another horrific event in our American life. As are the thousands of American “nones,” who claim no religion, but claim ethics and morality as their heritage.

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A boy among ‘giants’ grateful for role model

The 7-year old boy stood among the “giants” at the back of the little church in Parma. These “giants” were tall, strong men of the congregation who were visiting after the service with their pastor. Some of them were in overalls, some in flannel shirts, but all in their Sunday best. Their faces were brown from exposure to the sun, but the tops of their heads were white where their caps protected them.

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Fear of immigrants inconsistent with both Quran and Bible

I recently returned from a trip to my native country of Algeria, in North Africa, where I spent the first 10 days of the month of Ramadan, fasting during daylight hours and feasting after dusk. In this week’s column, I will share my experiences and observations while over there.

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When raising children, remember that they cannot be angels

The report card had three A’s, four B’s and several S’s (satisfactory). Grades are not what I want to focus on the most when I attend a teacher-parent conference. These are the aspects I want to know more about: my child’s character, respect for teachers, ability to complete projects on time, helping other students and is he or she a pleasure to have in class.

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Help yourself heal by learning to let go

Recently I spotted a couple that I had not seen for several months. I observed them for a moment or two as they moved in my direction. Both are friendly, outgoing people who have always had a smile and a cheerful greeting. But on this occasion I was struck by a lack of energy and an absence of emotion in their demeanor.

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Angel Moroni placed atop new Meridian LDS Temple

A 13-foot-6, 608-pound, gold-leafed statue of the Angel Moroni was placed atop the Meridian, Idaho Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple Wednesday. It's a sign that exterior construction on the temple is largely complete.
Kyle Green kgreen@idahostatesman.com
Angel Moroni placed atop new Meridian LDS Temple 2:33

Angel Moroni placed atop new Meridian LDS Temple

Boise's Krishna Cultural Center is consecrated 2:25

Boise's Krishna Cultural Center is consecrated

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Our Lady of Guadalupe evokes powerful spirituality

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A single engine air tanker drops retardant on the Cherry Road Fire