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Last week I announced that I am stepping down as dean of the Schreyer Honors College, a position I have held for the last 10 years. It has been an incredible experience and I have grown in so many ways. I will be forever thankful for this community. Below is the letter I posted on the honors […]

Atherton in Spring

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The Ash Wednesday of Democracy

Look at me! I did the very minimum required to participate in our democracy! Wear your sticker with pride.  


“I give you a new commandment, that you like one another.”

No. We are not commanded to like anyone. From today’s Gospel reading: 13:34 [Jesus said,] “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” We are not […]

Viola sororia

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Remembering the Dead 1

This past month I had the great privilege to participate in an “OLLI” course with our local funeral home director, rabbi, and Orthodox priest. I was surprised that there was less I knew about the Orthodox mourning traditions, than I did about Jewish ones. One tradition was “Soul Saturdays” which is one of those several […]


Losing faith 4

 The Collect: Second Sunday of Easter, Rite Two Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives […]

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Bady_SpringCreek_36x24Hope is the promise of our future; that is what it means to be a survivor.

It is not simply continuing to exist after the waves have crashed over us, but to dream, to make new plans, find new and different meaning: to live.

 

Protest Preachers and Prophets

I wrote this for the class blog, but thought it worth reposting here.  Every spring we take the Presidential Leadership Academy on a trip to some location to consider the leadership challenges facing that community. This year we took a different approach. We are visiting key sites of the Civil Rights Movement including Atlanta, Birmingham, […]

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Radio Interview on Grief and Loss

I was interviewed yesterday morning on a local radio station, 98.7 FM The FREQ. It is available on YouTube.  


Published: Article on 1 Maccabees 2 and Hebrews 11

I just received the digital offprint, available here. This was a germ of an idea in a paper I submitted for an independent research class with Dr. Barry Strauss in my senior year at Cornell way back in 1991. (Yes, I had multiple senior years.) This article is part of a Festschrift in honor of […]

Earliest Christianity Within the Boundaries of Judaism

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Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me – The New York Times

Some Christians believe God rewards the faithful. So why did I get Stage 4 cancer? A powerful piece by Kate Bowler of Duke Divinity. She has literally written the book on the prosperity gospel and was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She notes the irony of her having written a book about the gospel of […]