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Be thankful for the Josephs in your life

As he lay down on his pallet, weary from a long day of fitting wheels on carts, repairing plows for farmers, and building furniture for his other customers, Joseph of Nazareth could not go to sleep because of the heaviness of the crisis he faced personally.

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Take time to share your blessings

I remember my first Thanksgiving dinner in Champaign, Ill., during the late 1970s. I was invited by a friend of mine to spend Thanksgiving Day with a Chicano family. We sat around the crowded kitchen table in a trailer home and shared a scrumptious turkey dinner complete with all the traditional trimmings.

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Are Americans up to the task of getting along after the election?

In just a few days, Americans will decide who will be our next president. One thing is clear: This has been the most divisive election of my lifetime. No matter who wins, it will be extraordinarily difficult for the president-elect and Congress to heal this campaign’s ugly wounds and reunite a deeply fractured nation. I hope and pray that they — and we — are up to the task.

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Noah raises more questions than answers

During my preparation for an upcoming interfaith panel discussion on the prophet Noah in the Abrahamic scriptures, I have discovered a complex character raising more questions than answers. In today’s column, I will briefly delve into the story of Noah, the Ark and the flood, and then discuss the modern ramifications of this story, which has been around for over 2,000 years.

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After turning 40 ... life was different

My first born had become a teenager, and because of the different ages of our children back then, 14, 9, 6 and 1, two decades have included forgiving the parents whom I had misjudged for their parenting skills. I still continue to experience the vulnerability of not knowing what to expect and the surprises that come from learning that your own fresh and blood is uniquely created beyond the physical resemblance that might exist.

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Oasis Church welcomes refugees

Refugees from Congo, Rwanda and Uganda have found a spiritual home at Oasis Seventh Day Adventist Church. After the Saturday worship service together, refugees hold their own service in Kinyarwanda.

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Worshipping in Swahili in Boise: African Fellowship

An enthusiastic and ardent congregation, consisting of mostly refugees, meets Sunday afternoons for worship in Swahili. While some congregation members go to Sunday morning English-speaking services, many do not understand enough English, so evangelist Jean Bangerere founded African Fellowship. The Fellowship is celebrating its second anniversary in November and includes a kids' program and choir that meets several times a week after school. "It's growing, by God's glory," says Bangerere.

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Family relationships require due diligence

One of the hallmarks of a strong and vital community is the strength of its families. The family has been increasingly recognized nationally and internationally as a critical stabilizing force politically, economically and culturally.

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Jews on Jesus: He’s there, but he has no role for us

In over three decades of speaking with churches, schools, civic organizations and other non-Jewish groups, the single question I have been asked far more frequently than any other is this: “What do Jews think of Jesus?” While my response has evolved over the years, and still depends a bit upon the context of the encounter, my best, most authentic answer is simple: “We don’t.” For the most part, Jews don’t think about Jesus at all. He has no part to play in our religious tradition. Yes, according to Christian Scripture, he was Jewish. But within the framework of Jewish Scripture and practice, he just does not exist, for good or for bad.

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Oasis Church welcomes refugees

Refugees from Congo, Rwanda and Uganda have found a spiritual home at Oasis Seventh Day Adventist Church. After the Saturday worship service together, refugees hold their own service in Kinyarwanda.
Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
Oasis Church welcomes refugees 2:27

Oasis Church welcomes refugees

Worshipping in Swahili in Boise: African Fellowship 2:37

Worshipping in Swahili in Boise: African Fellowship

Boise Muslims celebrate one of the faith's major holidays 1:50

Boise Muslims celebrate one of the faith's major holidays

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Angel Moroni placed atop new Meridian LDS Temple