Faith

LGBTQ Muslims feel ‘sliced in two’ by Orlando slaughter

Inside the doors of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), a large mosque in Redmond, streamers with paper stars and crescent moons in pink…

In wake of Paris attacks, local faith leaders speak out for Syrian refugees

Faith leaders from the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian traditions all gathered at Seattle’s First African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday, to express solidarity with the…

New museum brings Holocaust story home to Seattle

A suitcase, with its mundane contents laid out, is on display at the Pacific Northwest's first Holocaust museum: the shoes of a family, a comb,…

Faith and gay rights: An easing of the culture wars?

With the U. S. Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection mean that states cannot ban same-sex…

The tyranny of safety

In the era of school shootings and terrorism it is understandable that safety has become a priority. But has it also become an obsession? Are…

Seven things to know about the Christmas story

This time of year we are awash in Christmas stories. There’s “A Christmas Carol” at ACT Theatre, “A Christmas Story: The Musical” at the Fifth…

Pets in paradise comment not from Pope Francis

Correction: The quote "Paradise is open to all creatures" was mistakenly attributed to Pope Francis. It was in fact spoken by his predecessor, Pope Paul…

Holidays: A season for grown-ups

Perhaps you’ve noticed, these days we tend to think of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and New Year’s as one thing, one season (or perhaps one…

Death with dignity can be a natural process

“We don’t call it that anymore,” said the social worker from the hospice agency. She had been talking in a vague and confusing way about…

Seven tips for embracing retirement

I was visiting with a friend not long ago who confessed to a fear of retirement. “I’m just not sure what I’ll do," he told…

The missing angle in the Hobby Lobby debate

The Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision ignited a storm of debate over the general concept of religious exemption from the law. It has also…

A big hole in NW diversity

After all these years, it is still somehow an unnexpected miracle, a rich soul-feeding surprise. “Summer Fishtrap: A Gathering of Writers” held its 27th year…

Veterans’ art: The explosive truth about our American reality

Picture a little girl, say, 4 years old, with long brown hair and large brown eyes. She is all dressed up, a ribbon in her…

Making Holy Week feel a little more holy

Last week was, for Christians, Holy Week. I spent it in court, which is not a bad place to be for Holy Week as a…

Why a habit of thanks giving helps us

Thanksgiving is one of those words that can be either a noun or a verb. In the noun form, it may sound like, “What are you…

Is Francis for real?

The newest blog at the on-line site for the National Catholic Reporter is “The Francis Chronicles." Followers can sign up for “email alerts” so they…

Whither the West: A Chat with Bill Kittredge

Writer William Kittredge knows where — and what — the American West has been. He’s less sure about where it’s headed. Still, the celebrated author…

The connectedness straitjacket

It’s 6 p.m., the time when, at home in Seattle, I often switch the radio onto National Public Radio and “All Things Considered.” I listen…

The I-5 Skagit bridge collapse: God’s plan?

A week ago Thursday, I was driving home to Seattle after a brief teaching stint in Vancouver, B. C. As I drove south, I heard…