All posts from Robyn Purchia

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New Climate Change Predictions Thanks to Pope Francis

There’s no question Pope Francis had a profound influence on Americans when he visited the United States for the first time last week. But the biggest blessing I think he brought to the country was a new set of climate change predictions. Obviously, he did not recalculate how many feet our seas will rise, or when and […]

September 29th

Pope Francis Builds Bridge Between Economy and Environment

View image | Today Pope Francis addressed Congress. Members, both Republicans and Democrats, smiled, cried, applauded, and cheered. As I watched the live broadcast and saw some of the nation’s most powerful leaders hanging intently on the broken English of an old man in a white robe, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for those politicians who […]

September 24th

This Year’s Yom Kippur Services Influenced by Pope

Today, Jews around the world will celebrate Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the year in Judaism. For millenia, Jews have marked the occasion by fasting, attending services, and refraining from certain activities. The purpose of the traditions is to atone for sins against God. But some Jews are doing things […]

September 23rd

Evangelicals for Donald Trump Lost Their Values Long Ago

Last week Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, asked New York Times‘ readers an important question: have evangelicals who support Trump lost their values? In the opinion piece, Moore describes the blustering bigoted presidential candidate as a “Bronze Age warlord” who “built his career […]

September 22nd

Catholic Rep. Paul Gosar Is Boycotting the Pope and You Should Care

When House Speaker John Boehner invited Pope Francis to address a Joint Meeting of the United States Congress in March 2014, he probably thought the Catholic leader played for “Team Republican.” But Boehner’s assumption — as is often the case — was wrong. Pope Francis sounds more like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren than Jeb Bush when […]

September 21st

Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi the Wise Way

There is a growing movement in India to start making Hindu holidays more green. From the colorful Holi festival in the spring, to the week-long Diwali “Festival of the Lights” in the fall, a new, eco-consciousness is enriching celebrations. The same is true for Ganesh Chaturthi, which is celebrated this year on September 17th. What Is Ganesh Chaturthi? […]

September 17th

Do Republican Candidates Care About Science, Voters, or Religion?

This evening, Republican presidential hopefuls will once again take the stage to debate their policies and platforms on issues ranging from immigration, to Obamacare, to Donald Trump. It’s easy to predict what they will say; they’ll call for border fences, an end to affordable healthcare, and blast the man beneath the toupee for his racist and misogynistic […]

September 16th

Rosh Hashana Is a Time to Reflect on Bees

According to the Mishnah, there are four “new years” in Jewish tradition: one for the trees, one for the kings, one for tithing, and one for the years. Rosh Hashana, which ends this evening, is the New Year of years and marks the anniversary of the creation of the world. To celebrate, Jews around the […]

September 15th