DIVINE RIGHT: The doctrine that kings and queens have a God-given right to rule


In the 18th Century a conflict arose over the ability of the  British Parliament to be able to govern over the monarch.   It highlighted a theory proposed that said that the monarch is established by God, and therefore has a Divine Right to rule. It wasn’t the first time the concept had been raised* but […]

FAITH: a system of religious belief


The sum and substance of the Christian faith is found in the story of Holy Week, the days between Palm Sunday and Easter Day.   Every year the Christian community practices that story, either in drama, reading, or liturgy. That is not commonly known to the many in the general public outside the Christian Community.  Over […]

DEATH : the act of dying; the end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism. the act of dying; the end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism.

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I spent part of this morning watching portions of the Mass of Christian Burial for Vincent (Buddy) Cianci, former Mayor of the City of Providence.  It was held in the Roman Catholic Cathedral with the Bishop of Providence Presiding.   I was not a real fan of Buddy Cianci, but his death has caused a great […]

CHRISTIAN: a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ


This morning the papers carried the news that Ted Cruz had “won” the Republican slot for the presidency in the Iowa Republican Caucus.  The picture of his victory speech showed him in front of an American flag and a huge cross.   That’s because Senator Cruz boasts that he is a Christian and that it is […]



Did you ever notice that those surrounding The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. included a good number of clergy, including Priests, Ministers and Rabbis?  I raise that  in response to those who say that clergy should never get involved in political action.  “They should stick to preaching and pastoral care” is what they say.  […]

CHANUKAH [KHAN-nuh-kuh]: Jewish celebration of Festival of Lights


I grew up in a small community with a limited number of Jewish residents.   Two of my best friends in school were Si and Mark, both of whom were Jewish.   The odds benefited me, it would seem.  I was the recipient of knowledge about Judaism that many of my friends never received.   I was fortunate. […]