Brother David Stientl-Rast (Grafulness.org) and Rabbi Kushner (When Bad Things Happen to Good People) in discussion. Enjoy ... it's a short but worthwhile piece. They're in discussion with Bokara Legendre in Lunch with Bokara, a television show. Bokara is an artist, writer and performer. Note the beautiful vegan lunch. No animals harmed.
I am spending time with young adults (High School) at camp this week. One shared that while he was not into church or religion as institutions define it, for him, religion was friendship. I think that is an amazing and gracious view of the way religion should be. May we all view religion as friendship and embrace the other person with love and grace. Amen.
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I am subject to occasional periods of insomnia, when I wake up at around 2 a.m., bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and cannot get back to sleep no matter how much I toss and turn. I can be subject to strange, brooding thoughts during such staring-at-the-ceiling marathons. About a week-plus ago as this is written (1 May), I went through a few days of such insomnia. (One too many Starbucks "flat whites," I think.) My nocturnal ruminations turned to the subject of Fermi’s Paradox. I have written of Fermi’s Paradox elsewhere, and still find it both intriguing and perplexing. The great pioneer of nuclear physics and energy, Enrico Fermi, once asked the following question: if there are, as is often argued, perhaps 100 billion stars in our Galaxy, and if even a small fraction of those stars support i