Day: January 21, 2014

The rabbi is a pioneer

Rabbi Buchdahl, who is 41, will become one of only a few women—and likely the only Asian-American—leading a major U.S. synagogue.

Joint Nominating Committee for Next Presiding Bishop update

Many in the church are asking if the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will be one of the nominees since she is within the age range for re-election. No presiding bishop has held 2 terms though terms used to be 12 years instead of 9 years. Will the committee be answering these questions as they offer a timeline and ideas about the process?

Doomed to poverty? Gates says no

By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient. You might think that such striking progress would be widely celebrated, but in fact, Melinda and I are struck by how many people think the world is getting worse. The belief that the world can’t solve extreme poverty and disease, isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful. That’s why in this year’s letter we take apart some of the myths that slow down the work. The next time you hear these myths, we hope you will do the same. – Bill Gates

The people who walk in darkness

The concept of demonic possession and exorcism has always been difficult for me to relate to. The struggle with garden-variety inner demons is very much closer to home. Start with the demon of addiction – the one we invite in to ease the pain, to pass the time, to fill a void.