“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” A Little #MLK on His Birthday

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was on January 15, 1929.To commemorate his birthday, I wanted to share with you the above clip from his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. This speech is his last. He delivered it on April 3, 1968. He would be gunned down on April 4, 1968.In the speech, he acknowledges that he might not see the completion of the work. This clip is a glimpse at an American prophet in action. Note not only his keen awareness of what is to come, but also his call to … [Read more...]

A Line of Separation between Corporation and State

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Thomas Jefferson famously spoke of erecting a “wall of separation between church and state” in order to prevent an alliance of religious and political interests that would undermine democracy and lead to religious tyranny.[1] “History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government,” he wrote.[2] “In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for prot … [Read more...]

Dieter F. Uchtdorf: 2013 Mormon of the Year

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Approaching Justice is pleased to announce President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the 2013 Approaching Justice Mormon of the Year.President Uchtdorf, a native of Germany, stands as a symbol of many of the developments within Mormon culture during 2013.Following grand discussions about the "Mormon Moment" surrounding the 2012 presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, the question became "What is next for Mormonism?"As … [Read more...]

Believing in Santa Claus: Faith and Social Justice

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I believe in Santa Claus.He is not real, but he has spiritual significance for me. In this way, Santa is like Job. I do not think that Job was a real person, but I do think that Job is one of of the most powerful books of the Bible. Symbolism is very powerful.Watching A Christmas Carol (the George C. Scott version...of course), I realized that, for me, Santa Clause is the Ghost of Christmas Present. Now, I am not an expert on Dickens, but I have always loved this story and I have … [Read more...]

Put The First Thanksgiving on Your Christmas List

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I loved reading The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History. It is an attempt to tell the real story of Thanksgiving in a way that draws on the methods of academic history, rather than the methods of The History Channel.After Christmas, we will see non-stop airings of documentaries about the historical Christmas and the historical Jesus. I actually enjoy this shows, but they are the donuts of historical study. Lots of mental carbohydrates, … [Read more...]

President Kennedy from Temple Square: September 26, 1963

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Less than two months before he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy spoke in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Salt Lake Tabernacle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.It was September 26, 1963. LDS Church President David O. McKay was a host of the event."Of all the stories of American pioneers and settlers, none is more inspiring than the Mormon trail," said Kennedy. He goes on to point out that Mormons are an American success story, the story of a persecuted group the … [Read more...]

“Clothe Yourself in Righteousness”…but Maybe Not Clothes.

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Over the last week, I have been enjoying the Quaker-inspired songs of Jon Watts. He is a mixture of rap and folk. In many ways, it is more sermon than anything else.This one is title "Clothe Yourself in Righteousness." … [Read more...]


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