Donna Schaper

Honesty in Sacred Spaces

What do church buildings, nations, and marriages have in common? They all need to leave a sacred space for divergent opinions. Lots of things happen in sacred spaces. Janitors clean churches up after big events, like weddings, funerals, or the

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The Sound of Sanctuary

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You can watch a good movie five times and see a different movie each time.  The Sound of Music is one of my favorites for review.  I just showed it to my 9-year-old, 7-year-old and 4-year-old grandchildren who were each watching it for the first time.  They attend Luria Academy,

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Honesty in Sacred Spaces

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What do church buildings, nations, and marriages have in common? They all need to leave a sacred space for divergent opinions. Lots of things happen in sacred spaces. Janitors clean churches up after big events, like weddings, funerals, or the occasional Baptism, Easter and Christmas services. Often they are quiet

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Sanctuary, for the Word and for the People

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You’ve surely heard of sanctuary congregations, restaurants, universities and cities.  You probably have listened to their political opponents snark and snarl when they say the word “sanctuary”.  But it is a religious word that they are politicizing.  I write to create a safe space for that word. Religious institutions often

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Donna Schaper

Moral Mondays

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Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper is Senior Minister at Jud­son Memo­r­ial Church in New York City and author of 30 books, including recently-published Grace at Table: Small Spiritual Solutions to Large Material Problems, Solving Everything.   Since state legislators were taken over by the Koch brothers, many progressive clergy have spent our

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rise of the spiritual activist

Book Review: “Rise of the Spiritual Activist”

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A review of Guillermo Márquez-Sterling’s new book, Rise of the Spiritual Activist: A Beginner’s Guide for Integrating Faith and Justice. In his book, Rev. Márquez-Sterling provides the philosophical foundation for spiritual activism as well as interviews with spiritual activists in the field and a step-by-step guide on how to run

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