What is there left to say about the events of this week? The vicious death of George Floyd; the ensuing surge of protests across the country in denunciation of his death at the hands of Minneapolis police; the President’s reaction, unleashing the US military and calling on authorities to ‘dominate the streets,’ capped off by … Continue reading Ho Hum Racism
This week has seen ongoing horror in the continuing spread of the coronavirus. Devastating outbreaks in nursing homes, meat packing plants and prisons haunt the airways. New models show dramatically higher estimates in expected deaths, up to 135,000 lives in the US alone—twice what was predicted just two weeks ago. Tensions have risen as protesters … Continue reading Shaping the Future
One of the most deeply frustrating—and inexplicable—aspects of the Covid-19 crisis has been the utter lack of empathy expressed by Donald Trump towards those stricken by the coronavirus. This week, we have passed the total number of US combat fatalities in the Vietnam War. It took two decades to accumulate those statistics; yet the coronavirus … Continue reading Empathizer-in-Chief Is Still MIA
It is Holy Week. For Christians, this is the most sacred time in the liturgical calendar, a time when we acknowledge the death and resurrection of God’s beloved child. It is also Passover, “a night like no other,” when Jews the world over have traditionally gathered in families to honor the past and proclaim a … Continue reading How Can We Celebrate?
I’m not very religious in the traditional sense. I rarely use sectarian phraseology or religious justification to press a point. I have an inclusive, not exclusive, religious worldview and have come to appreciate and use the phrase “faith-informed” instead of “faith-based” to describe like-minded colleagues. I have deep respect for expressions of faith beyond my … Continue reading Open for Easter