Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Tragic - and not just the accident....

...but anyone who would found a 'religion' without God.

But is he being more honest than some clergy in the Episcopal Church who teach as if there were no God - or at least any God we recognize as He has revealed Himself to us in Scripture?

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Influential Birmingham rabbi killed in car crash in Morocco
July 22, 2007
By STEVE NEAVLING
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Rabbi Sherwin Wine embraced a godless form of Judaism that sought to connect cultural Jews and inspire a moral life outside of faith.
Now the tens of thousands of followers of Humanistic Judaism — which the Birmingham resident founded — are mourning his death in a car crash Saturday while on vacation in Morocco in northern Africa that seriously injured his partner, Richard McMains, and killed their driver.
The death of the rebellious and inspirational leader presents a challenge for a movement that sees Judaism not as a religion, but as a culture, said Rabbi Marion Jerris, president of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis.
“This one is going to be a test,” Jerris said today. “The work will go on, but it will be very hard. He was the most amazing visionary. He gave so many of us a home where we could live our job culture.”
Wine was writing a book this summer about living a meaningful, moral life without a depending on faith for guidance.