For the past several years, I have used the ubiquitous “Top Ten” lists that circulate at the end of the calendar year as a model for a sermon on the top religion stories for the year that had passed.
In 2009, my picks for the most important religion stories (at least for a Jewish community) were: Bernie Madoff and the bilking of Jewish Philanthropies, the effect of the economic downturn on Jewish life, women and religion around the world, and the emergence of J Street as an alternative voice for Israel.
This year I am interested to hear from you about those important stories or events which showed how religion impacts the world in which we live and the world in which we live influences our faith. On Shabbat December 25, I’ll share the results with the Top Religion Stories of 2010.
What do you think should be included — the hoopla over building a mosque at Ground Zero? the forest fire in Israel? the fight over healthcare Reform? the first Muslim Miss USA? the religious response to gay bullying? the religious response to the BP oil spill or to the earthquake in Haiti? the confusion over President Obama’s faith? the Pew religious knowledge survey and what it showed about our knowledge of faith? the settlements in Israel?