On the importance of service and purpose: Something I learned in the last five years

It’s become fashionable these days among the conservatives in the United States to call their leftist and Democratic opponents as “socialists.” To the FOX News talking heads, Chuck Schumer is a socialist, Elizabeth Warren is a socialist, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the next worst thing that happened after Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. I’ve spent many years in leftist activism and had lots of contacts … Continue reading On the importance of service and purpose: Something I learned in the last five years

Why I am “religious, not spiritual”

Nowadays, it’s kind of politically correct to say, “I’m spiritual, not religious.” Organized religions have gotten a bad rap, maybe because of sex abuse scandals and perceptions that some churches have too much money. According to the Pew survey in 2017, the number of the “spiritual but not religious” are on the rise, while membership in religious organizations is on the steady decline. But I … Continue reading Why I am “religious, not spiritual”

My reboot moment: Reassessing my relationship with faith

Good afternoon. The world around me calls this day the “Black Friday,” a case study in American consumerism and materialism. It is also the official start of the so-called holiday season. Christmas trees are up and radio stations are beginning to play Christmas songs. In my childhood, because I was never raised in a particular religion, this time of the year always inspired my curiosity … Continue reading My reboot moment: Reassessing my relationship with faith