Tom's been writing about religion – broadly defined – for years in the Journal. Tom's experience as a retired minister and his curiosity about matters of faith will make for an always insightful exploration of these topics. Tom's encouraging open discussion, so join in.
Oak Park residents Mac and Harriette Robinet installed ground source heat pumps (geothermal system) outside their home in 2011 and 12 solar panels on their garage roof last summer. Mac, who worked as a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory for 39 years, estimates they are already saving 20% on the cost of energy.
The possibility of Oak Park residents joining neighbors in Austin to spread the community garden concept is one of the ideas which surfaced at the Community of Congregations meeting Jan. 30 and, apparently, it is getting legs. The concept seemed to be a win/win proposition.
Three years ago the boiler at Euclid Methodist Church gave out. The congregation turned what most churches would call a financial crisis into an opportunity to put their money where their ecological convictions were.
The story says the Magi found the baby Jesus by following a star. The thing about stars is you can only see them at night. The darkness frightens people because evil can lurk in the shadows where you can't see it until it's too late.
Julie Harley chose the readings for her own funeral before she died. Her choices reveal something of her orientation in life. What readings, religious or secular, would you choose to express what your life has meant?
Some of my buddies and I have breakfast at Louie's every Thursday and the conversation usually revolves around politics. Specifically, we wax eloquent about how the world would be better if the federal government would just do things our way. What follows is a suggestion that maybe the place to begin is in our own relationships.