With honesty and humility we can, as a nation, find some consensus on what the common good is—something that can root us in the way sobriety roots those in AA. And recovery shows us that we have a good reason to hope that this is possible, but we have a long journey ahead of us.
Riley’s encouragement for religious leaders, communities, and interfaith couples to talk openly about the challenges and blessings of interfaith marriage is an important word. Interfaith marriage is a complex and wide-reaching phenomenon, and Riley should be applauded for winsomely uncovering so many of its dimensions.
In an era where there is no shortage of speculation about why religious institutions are failing young people, Heidi Haverkamp tells a story of a young man who feels welcome, fully engages with his community and its worship, is recognized for his gifts and leadership, and still doesn’t plan to continue being “religious.”
Not long ago my family and I stumbled into the Sunday morning worship service of a moderate mainline congregation. We soon found ourselves perched in front of a jazz-handed youth choir singing “God Brings Down the House” as the grand finale of a musical about the story of Samson. Listening to the choreographed Samson ditties, my husband leaned over and whispered, “Is this really how we want to package the acts of an ancient equivalent of a suicide bomber?”
What would compel someone to devise and implement a coordinated attack on innocent people, such as that which we witnessed in Boston? How can we feel safe when random acts of terror strike within our shores? What can prevent a seemingly endless string of tragedies from desensitizing us to evil?