• Critical Race Theory: Why is it such a threat to the right wing?

    May 3, 2021 by

    My limited understanding of critical race theory is that it investigates the role and place of race at the intersection of law, social mores, and political power.  Not exactly a new thing, it’s been around since the 1970s.  It threatens right wingers partly by the assertion that race played a central role in structuring American… Read more

  • Choices, Consequences, Obligations: What Would Jesus Say?

    April 26, 2021 by

    Questions came in this week that touched on Jesus at the intersection of individual freedom and community obligation.  Interestingly, some came from liberals and some from libertarians, none of whom claimed to be Christian.  Maybe they are, they didn’t say, but they did ask about Jesus.  The issues each raised had to do with personal… Read more

  • Remembering Teachers and Mentors

    April 20, 2021 by

    This morning a group of us retired clergy types got talking about teachers and mentors who made a difference in our lives.  I don’t mean parents or relatives, but teachers we had in school, or academic mentors who guided us.  I’ve been fortunate to have a few, but only two tumble into memory when the… Read more

  • The Episcopal Church & White Supremacy

    April 18, 2021 by

    The Episcopal Church is struggling, as are many denominations, with how to confront white supremacy and Christian nationalism.  Surveys, focus groups, committees and meetings have been employed to explore, think and propose.  Whether any of it leads to decisive action remains to be seen. Assuming decisive action is intended, where might one look for guidance… Read more

  • Want to Strengthen the Progressive Shift? Know the opposition voters.

    April 16, 2021 by

    National leadership from the White House has changed dramatically. Gone are incessant Tweets, bombastic macho posturing, fantasy spewing streams of consciousness, and all the rest that epitomized the former administration. In its place is calm, low key competency focussed on issues with bold initiatives to rebuild a foundation for the country’s future, and restore its… Read more

  • Photo I.D.s & Electoral Integrity

    April 8, 2021 by

    Ordinary, everyday conservative voices ask: What’s so wrong about requiring a photo ID to vote?  Photo IDs are required for all kinds of things, why not voting?  It’s a reasonable question.  Those asking it are often unaware of the extent to which non-white and impoverished citizens have been systematically excluded from the right to vote,… Read more

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