A Gift of Meaning by Bill Tammeus

By Bill Tammeus

Because of the odd non permanent nature of journalism, now not each column can stand the try out of time. yet many—even these approximately occasions approximately long past from the general public consciousness--contain lasting truths. A present of Meaning is a set of these lasting truths from invoice Tammeus, a columnist for the Kansas urban Star.

Each piece unearths Tammeus's try to combat everlasting which means from the occasions and reviews that sweep us alongside day through day.

I stopped via a homeless shield the opposite day to determine anyone i do know. As I waited, I felt fairly conspicuous in my go well with and tie. in reality, the pleasant guy on the details table requested me if i used to be a pastor. I chuckled.

But as I sat within the foyer ready to work out the fellow I got here to envision on, i used to be struck back by way of what could be the such a lot tricky of all human projects: empathy. that's, the problem of actually placing ourselves within the footwear of others.

In the top, A reward of Meaning isn't just a presentation of came across which means, but additionally a choice to readers to forestall and imagine for themselves. This publication is a call for participation to respire deeply and search out the that means of what the area heaves at us on a daily basis. it's an delivering of insights that may supply clean methods of comprehending issues readers suggestion they already understood.

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Family, Faith, and Plumb Lines 25 When Religion and Culture Are at Odds June 11, 2000 People of faith, imagining they’re defending some divinely mandated position, sometimes circle the wagons around ground the culture has long since abandoned. Often this leads religious people to wonder why others don’t understand them. This is especially true of Christians, who are under biblical edict to share their beliefs and help draw others into the faith. A matter now in the news—a move by Southern Baptist leaders to have their church declare that the Bible allows only men to be pastors—illustrates what I mean.

There, as part of the service, a rabbi reads the names of each member of the congregation who has ever died in that particular week over the life of the temple. History rings through that sacred space. The monastery I’m visiting this evening certainly isn’t the only sacred space near Abiquiu, here in northern New Mexico. Just outside of town, in fact, is a lovely mosque, which has become sacred space for an Islamic community that has settled here amid the red rock hills of the high desert country.

And a calendar document listing special nights over a six-year period. Scholars pore over these and nearly eight hundred other individuals’ compositions that make up the Dead Sea Scrolls, looking for clues about who wrote them, how the authors and their contemporaries lived, and why the documents got saved. It’s sobering to imagine how much our written words reveal, but we all know—especially those of us who do this for a living—that words also can conceal, mislead, misrepresent, and propagandize.

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