Christians and Jews

The congregation I served in downtown Chicago has a unique relationship with a neighboring Reformed Jewish Synagogue, Chicago Sinai Congregation. It began years ago when their congregation was located in Hyde Park, eight or nine miles south of the Loop. Their rabbi called one day to inquire about the possibility of holding Friday evening Sabbath […]

In the Midst of the City

God is our refuge and strength. a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake. God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved.  Psalm 46 I love living in a big city. I love the energy of busy sidewalks […]

Jefferson Part 2.

Jefferson was a supremely gifted politician who understood that progress depends, not on ideological purity, but compromise. I was glad to be reminded that he was attacked by the radical fringe among Republicans who regarded themselves as the true, pure  keepers of  traditional Republicanism for compromising with New England Federalists. Jefferson, Meacham says “was no […]

Jefferson Part 1.

President John F. Kennedy, hosting a White House dinner to honor Nobel Laureates famously said, “this is the most extraordinary gathering of talent, of human knowledge, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” Reading Jon Meacham’s fine biography, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, I was reminded again of how truly remarkable […]