Hanukkah: Hope in the Darkness

by Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman December 18, 2014 There’s no getting around it. We live in dark times. The gap between the rich and poor relentlessly expands. Radical disparities take away the rights of workers. We live in a world that overflows with human suffering, injustice, and inequality. It is difficult…

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A Little Child Will Lead Them: Advent & Overtime

by Reverend Sarah Smoot During the Christian season of Advent (Nov. 27 – Dec. 24, 2016) the church will hear messages from the prophet Isaiah. We remember a season in which the world waited for God’s promised Messiah, and we recognize that in many ways we stand in their shoes.…

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Election Aftermath

On its face, the results of the presidential election would seem to bode ill for those of us who care about social and economic justice. How did a self-proclaimed billionaire with a track record of the following become a champion for the forgotten working class? bankruptcy and non-payment of contractors…

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The Dangers of Wealth

This is the text of Rev. Jerry Folk’s sermon at Holy Wisdom in Madison on Sunday, September 25, 2016.   Today’s readings reflect on the dangers of wealth and the destructive effects wealth often has on persons, relationships and communities. In the first reading the prophet Amos addresses some very harsh words…

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