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Resolution Revolutions

Resolution Revolutions In a CBS poll conducted by telephone in December, 29% of Americans said they were making New Year’s resolutions, down from 43% last year. What’s behind this notable decline? No one needs someone else’s research to know that willpower is not enough to create sustainable behavioral change. How many times have I purged my home from sweets only to succumb to temptation and invitation the minute I step out my door? But behavioral science offers us an important

Resolution Revolutions2022-01-25T16:05:13+00:00

Why a Muslim imam showed up at the Colleyville synagogue to offer spiritual help

Why a Muslim imam showed up at the Colleyville synagogue to offer spiritual help My friend Omar Suleiman resisted the habit of fearful thinking engrained in so many of us. By Nancy Kasten in the Dallas Morning News. Originally preached as a sermon at Northway Christian Church. Wendy Wood teaches psychology at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on habit formation. She has discovered that people who want to start a new habit don’t usually succeed when they

Why a Muslim imam showed up at the Colleyville synagogue to offer spiritual help2022-01-20T20:34:04+00:00

Religious groups stand together after Texas synagogue standoff

Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe to talk about his experience at Congregation Beth-Israel in Colleyville, TX during the hostage crisis on January 15, 2022. Watch the interview segment on MSNBC.com.

Religious groups stand together after Texas synagogue standoff2022-01-18T21:07:40+00:00

Texas Rabbi: Despite False Media Narratives, Synagogue Attack Brought Jewish & Muslim Communities Together

From Democracy NOW! On Saturday, an armed British man named Malik Faisal Akram took a rabbi and three congregants hostage at a synagogue outside of Fort Worth, Texas, resulting in an 11-hour standoff that ended once the rabbi threw a chair at Akram, who was later shot dead by the police. The standoff — which left all four hostages unharmed — has been identified by President Biden and federal authorities as an antisemitic act of terror. We speak with Rabbi

Texas Rabbi: Despite False Media Narratives, Synagogue Attack Brought Jewish & Muslim Communities Together2022-01-18T21:01:31+00:00

Commentary: NEISD’s book review offers lesson in civility

By Cameron Vickrey, for San Antonio Express-News We all know there has been a lot of noise about school boards and school board meetings lately. My own district, North East ISD, is no exception. Many public meetings this year have not been the prettiest display of humanity and civility. Until last week. I have been digging deep to understand the phenomenon of incivility. I think it must have to do with grief. We are experiencing so much change, and with

Commentary: NEISD’s book review offers lesson in civility2022-01-18T21:12:22+00:00

Abortion: I grew up a Texan evangelical Christian. I’m not a single-issue voter any more.

Abortion: I grew up a Texan evangelical Christian. I'm not a single-issue voter any more. I grew up believing that voting as a Christian meant voting for the pro-life candidate. But that's not nearly as clear cut for me as it once was.   Andrea Lucado Opinion contributor The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Texas’ law that bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and deputizes citizens to sue anyone they know who has provided an abortion

Abortion: I grew up a Texan evangelical Christian. I’m not a single-issue voter any more.2022-01-18T20:54:51+00:00

Faith groups should not get to opt out of the law

By Nancy Kasten Heads up, Texans. There is an election on Nov. 2, and Proposition 3 will put worshippers in harm’s way. In April, 45 ultra-Orthodox men and boys were trampled to death at a religious festival in Israel. This tragedy happened in a particular community of citizens of Israel who ignore or break secular law when they feel that God or their rabbis demand it. In this case over 100,000 believers gathered at a burial site even though police

Faith groups should not get to opt out of the law2021-11-01T14:44:50+00:00

Immigration: A Human Story

Our fifth monthly newsletter from Faith Commons is about immigration, coinciding with the new series on immigration on our podcast: Good God.   The second Monday in October is known traditionally as Columbus Day and more recently as Indigenous People’s Day. The Congressional Research Service states that when Congress made Columbus Day a federal holiday in 1968, it believed that “the nation would be honoring the courage and determination which enabled generations of immigrants from many nations to find freedom

Immigration: A Human Story2021-11-01T15:41:30+00:00

Thoughts from the Commons: Upstanders

Our fourth monthly newsletter from Faith Commons is about being an "Upstander," and learning to speak up and stand up for justice.   The term “Upstander,” first used by diplomat Samantha Power prior to her stint as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N, is widely touted as the morally superior alternative to the silence of a Bystander when responding to an abuse of power. Twenty states, including Texas, mandate teaching the history of the Holocaust to convey the consequences of failing to

Thoughts from the Commons: Upstanders2021-11-01T14:59:37+00:00

Is there a crisis at the Southern border? Follow the numbers

By Andy Brookshire The official Twitter account of the Arizona Republican Party tweeted on Aug. 9, “The border is wide open, and our towns are being overrun by migrants.” U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn tweeted on Aug. 4, “The Democrats have abandoned our border security.” A quick search for the #BidenBorderCrisis hashtag reveals dozens of equally histrionic pronouncements. So what exactly has President Joe Biden done with respect to immigration, and how has it changed the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border?

Is there a crisis at the Southern border? Follow the numbers2022-01-18T20:55:08+00:00

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