Fast for Fifteen: Purim

This evening begins the Jewish holiday of Purim, which originates in the story of Esther. For those participating in the Fast for Fifteen, to fast and pray for fast food workers who are fighting for “$15 and a union,” today is a time when the Christian season of Lent and a…

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Fast Forward Wisconsin

A Lenten Reflection on Worker Justice By Sarah Smoot, United Methodist Missionary serving with Interfaith Worker Justice A pastor friend of mine likes to say that fasting should be called “slowing” because time seems to slow down when you stop eating. All that time once spent in meal preparation and eating is…

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Fast for Fifteen During Lent

Lent is a Christian season of fasting and repentance leading to Jesus Christ’s Passion and Resurrection on Easter. The season lasts 40 days, a traditional number of journey and transformation, exemplified in Israel’s wilderness journey and Jesus’ fast in the desert before his earthly ministry. Ash Wednesday  is February 18th this…

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Hanukkah Reflection: Hope in the Darkness

By Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, Madison 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, inequality. It is difficult…

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