Hanukah: Rededication to Higher Standards of Living

A Hanukah reflection from Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal of Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta. The most popular story of Hanukah has to be the tale of the oil. When the Maccabees entered the Holy Temple in Jerusalem to rededicate it after the war with the Syrian-Greeks, they found all the oil containers opened, rendering them unusable …

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Giving Thanks for Food: A Holy Act of Repentance

Andrew Toney attends Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he is a second-year Masters of Divinity student with a concentration in Justice, Peacebuilding, and Conflict Transformation. He is also deeply involved with Oakleaf Mennonite Farm at Berea Mennonite Church, where he helped start “Peace and Carrots:” a summer camp for children that equips them …

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Driving on Ice

“Wacky weather” does not do justice to the strange things happening around the planet. Two recent ice storms in the southeastern US dangerously disrupted the entire region. England has wide-spread flooding from bigger rains than have been recorded in centuries. (Thankfully, nobody there seems to be using the “biblical proportions” line that cropped up with Colorado’s …

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The True Meaning of Thanksgivukkah

By Yaira Robinson of Texas Interfaith Power & Light In a rare convergence, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall at the same time this year. The Jewish calendar can fluctuate some over time, but estimates are that this holiday combo won’t happen again for another 70,000 years. So, people are making the most of it—mainly through creative menu …

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A Fair Feast? A Thanksgiving Reflection

A Fair Feast? The longer I grow into my passion for good food, the more I realize it was pretty much inevitable.  I was raised in the South where hospitality is not just a formality, where you can always smell the kitchen from the street.  My mother is a well-rounded cook with a particular expertise in baking …

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Another Try – a wonderful sermon from GIPL Intern, Kate Buckley

Not so long ago, dirt used to be little more to me than something to be washed out of the knees of toddler pants. The sprays of mud that are caked on the side of the car just above the wheels require a little more scrubbing. Dirt is a sneaky nuisance: it hides in the …

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Honey Bees – A Blessing of God

Mahmooda Rehman lives in Cobb county with her family. She is a member of Ahmadiyya Muslim community, serves as the women’s auxiliary outreach director and Humanity First representative, an international humanitarian and disaster relief organization. Her writings have been published in Marietta Daily Journal and Patch. She believes in service to humanity, interfaith dialog and …

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Reflecting on "respect for the interdependent web of all existence"

Elizabeth McCreless is an intern at GIPL who works on environmental justice issues and comes to GIPL from the Lutheran Service Core. She reflects on the interdependency of humanity and the environment… Growing up Unitarian Universalist (UU), I vividly remember being taught the seven principles, the core tenets of my religion–“the inherent worth and dignity of every …

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Earth Day Sermon from Central Presbyterian

“Your Vision for Creation” by Rev. Anthony Damelio Preached at Central Presbyterian Church, Sunday 21 April 2013 Genesis 8:13-22, 9:8-17; Revelation 7:9-17 Way back in high school, one of my classmates’ fathers was the pastor at a local non-denominational church. It was one of many megachurches that flourished in suburban Cleveland, but at that time, …

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