Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

For some, this year was the best of times. For others, it was the worst. All in all, it was the most hopeful of times. Here are my choices of the best, the worst and the hopeful from 2015. Feel free to suggest your own.

The Best: In June, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to make same-sex marriage the law of the land, a major step in providing equality for the gay community and a major blow to those who see this decision as weakening rather than strengthening the tradition of marriage.

The Worst: Whether Donald Trump created fear or simply set the stage for its arrival, his divisive projections often brought forth an ugly audience. Give him credit though. He has forced us to rethink who we are as a nation. In the final scene, compassion will overcome hatred at the polls.

The Hopeful: Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change stunningly elevates the debate on the exploitation of the Earth. “Any harm done to the environment … is harm done to humanity,” he told the U.N.  This focus is especially hopeful for the poor and those of us who will not be able to afford SpaceX and the cost of relocating to Mars.

Here’s My Take: Faithfulness is joining God in doing what God does in the world: working to heal divisions and to overcome hatreds and injustices of all kinds. This is our challenge, our difference, our calling. Thank God – whether Millennial, GenX or Boomer – we were all born at the right time.

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