Ritual telescopes time and place, bringing together past, present and future, sacred space and wherever we happen to be.
Where can technology and AI (artificial intelligence) can aid knowledge, and where it can harm human understanding?
We choose not to eat meat, but would our wedding guests feel uncomfortable with us pushing this choice on them?
In a day and age of functionality and productivity, where is the need for beauty or connection? And more importantly, how does Judaism fill that need?
If humans have learned over eons that intercessory prayer doesn’t “work”, why do we keep doing it?
Does religion offer something special that science doesn’t?
If you’re curious about religion as a human phenomenon, this massive online-only course (MOOC) through the University of British Columbia will be a good opportunity to start learning.
In many ways, ritual is a checklist, and offers a helpful structure that we can then build off of.
When it comes to religious rituals, the goal is to see, “How is this impacting my life, my outlook, or my connection with others?”
Rev. Paul Raushenbush and Rabbi Josh Stanton examine the ways that changes in communication technology, and particularly the Internet, are affecting religion today.