Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Massacre of the Righteous in Charleston, SC. What Now?

http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/06/19/3802888_bloom-by-working-together-we-can.html?rh=1

Shalom to everyone! I have published this piece in my newspaper column today.  We need to pay more attention to these kinds of hate crimes on a local level. We still don't get it that the enemy who hates the diversity of this great nation continues to worship hatred.   They worship death  and they take pride in murder. We need in the local level responses and action to monitor, educate and network regarding the potential of hate crimes in America today.
If not now when? Take a look at the column and tell me what you think?
May the memories of the  martyrs of Emaunel AME church be remembered for blessing.
Brad 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Please take a moment to read my submission to the CCAR Spring 2015 Journal
Shalom to everyone
I have provided a link to an essay I wrote about coping with professional and personal loss. I reflect upon about my experience years ago with the arson attack against my previous congregation in Sacramento and the death of my father the next day. It was a seminal day in my life. A lot has happenbed since then both painful and glorious. I thought it was time to put it all in writing. There is also a poem I wrote as well which I think also highlights this theme.
Thank you for taking the time to review it. Your comments are always appreciated.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Religion has to change in America according to the results of the recent Pew Survey. What's next?

http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/05/29/3771008_as-attitudes-change-religion-should.html?rh=1


I am not sure if it is aging but I can see things differently today. Ecclesiastes said, "There is nothing new under the sun." Religion has to be relevant but faddish too? People's attitudes do change and the Pew Survey just released demonstrate that fact in America. Religion is changing and people's views towards it are changing as well. Take a read at my recent newspaper column and tell me if I have become too cynical.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Religion strives to find a balance between tradition and change.

http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/05/15/3749346_bloom-religions-must-balance-tradition.html?rh=1

Greetings to everyone and Hag Sameah
I am sending this recent newspaper column about how all religions are striving to innovate  and to preserve the ancient and traditional aspects that give meaning to the faith. I was just in new york attending a conference as an orientation for  the new high holy day prayerbook (mahzor). The conference got to thinking about why change is needed in religion and why it is important that we are careful about how we change traditions. Enjoy the read and your comments are always welcome.
Shalom and Good yom tov
Brad

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/04/29/3722900_bloom-a-prayer-for-the-city-of.html?rh=1


Shalom to everyone.
I wrote this piece in my newspaper column. It relates to the pain that I feel about the events in Baltimore this week. As a native who grew up in Baltimore and lived in the downtown area when I was a graduate student, I could not watch these events on television without feeling sick to my stomach. I hope you will take the time to read and react to this column.
Let Peace and Justice prevail in Baltimore.
Brad

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/04/24/3715467_bloom-clergy-must-strengthen-the.html?rh=1

For you Civil War Buffs this month marked the 150th anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's surrender to General Grant. Take a look at the history of what clergy on both sides of the war said about the mission of religion.


Thanks for taking the time to read my column in the newspaper. Your comments are always welcome.


Shalom
Brad

Saturday, April 18, 2015

How business and the almighty dollar saved the religious freedom restoration act

http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/04/10/3692783_bloom-how-the-all-mighty-dollar.html?rh=1

It has been a few months since I visited my blog. Here is my recent column from the newspaper. I hope all my readers are well and I thank you in advance of  you taking the time to read it. All the best.
Brfad