“Soul Repair: A Jewish View (Part 3)” by David R. Blumenthal

Abstract by mahtabahamad on Flickr (CCO) This is the third installment  of a three-part series of essays that discuss the Jewish tradition’s answer to repairing the soul in the midst of wrongdoing, guilt, and shame. The first part used the biblical story of King David to illustrate the importance of taking ownership of one’s wrongdoing,

“Standing Rock: Law, Religion, and Morality in Contested Spaces” by Kamil Jamil

“Sacred Stone Camp” by Tony Webster / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 The Standing Rock demonstrations, which began in early 2016 and lasted almost a year, have been aptly characterized as the largest Native American activist movement in modern history. More than 300 tribes and scores of water protectors gathered to protest against the construction

“Should Assisted Suicide Be Legalized? A Jewish Perspective ” by Aryeh Klapper

Autonomy and dignity are standard grounds for arguments supporting the legalization of assisted suicide.  The prima facie case is excellent: forbidding suicide limits human autonomy, and compelling people to live against their will diminishes their self-determination and therefore their dignity. Counter-arguments often rest on assertions about the supreme value of life, even when life lacks

“Moral Leadership: A Vocation For the Next Generation” by Robert M. Franklin

“Spiritual, but not religious” summarizes the religious orientation of many younger Americans.  For years, those who care about theological education have puzzled over the declining interest by new college graduates in parish ministry and pastoral leadership. It has been a time of disruption and heartburn.  If future generations are likely to be less interested in