Category Archives: Compassion

Why I No Longer Believe in Hell

So my theology has gone through a multitude of changes over the years, mostly because the experiences of my life have led me to a single conclusion which many standard notions of God don’t actually allow for: God is love. … Continue reading

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A Film for the Future

If everyone in the world decided, today, to be more compassionate, the entire planet would be transformed overnight. In the interest of convincing more people to make that decision, I urge that you watch this film all the way to … Continue reading

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Natural Disasters as Jump-Starts for Compassion

The title pretty much says it all here. Hurricane Irene caused massive damage in many places, including Brattleboro, VT. But my understanding is that the people’s response to the disaster there is this: helping each other. Volunteers have been cleaning … Continue reading

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On Loving Enemies

I don’t believe in every word that the Bible has to say, but here are some pertinent (and very often-referenced) ones: “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn … Continue reading

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Justice is Compassion

I don’t know where the age old concept of justice as “rewarding the right and punishing the wrong” came from, and I don’t know how the “rewarding the good” part seems to have been forgotten about altogether, leaving us with … Continue reading

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Responding to Violence with Compassion

The big question is how? Meaning how are we as a race and as individuals to respond to violence in a way that is both non-violent and preventative of further violence? This is probably the most difficult question in formulating … Continue reading

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How to Have Compassion When You’re Angry

In the previous post I wrote about searching for expressions of hurt as a way to prevent conflict. Let’s take the issue one step closer – when conflict is about to become exacerbated. By that I mean when negative emotions … Continue reading

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