Standing on the Side of Love for Immigration Justice

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Last week I had the privilege of attending the Unitarian Universalists' annual General Assembly, which was held this year in Phoenix, Arizona. The focus of this year's gathering was social justice around the issue of immigration. I live tweeted the event from my iPhone, and the following are some of the highlights:Peter Bowden ‏@uuplanet: Supreme Court sides with U.S. in Arizona immigration case -http://CNN.com http://ow.ly/bO8Oj #UUAGA #SB1070"It is possible to move from a thin … [Read more...]

Ron Sider: An Evangelical Christian Worth Listening To

(Ronald J. Sider, Fixing the Moral Deficit: A Balanced Way to Balance the Budget, InterVarsity Press, 2012, 171 pages.) The title of this post could be seen as flippant, callous, arrogant, or all of the above -- implying that an "Evangelical Christian Worth Listening To" is such a rarity as to be worthy of remark. Well, in an age in which many conservatives exclusively watch Fox News (read: "Faux News"?) and read The Wall Street Journal, whereas many liberals watch MSNBC and read The New York T … [Read more...]

“God is Not a Republican…or a Democrat”

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Our county's bi-weekly newspaper published my latest Letter to the Editor this morning (Friday, March 16). Here's a copy of what was printed:I am writing in response to Chester Seaborn’s letter, “Christians: Will you support Obama?” (March 7). Mr. Seaborn’s diatribe against the Democratic Party was missing an important counterbalance. He did not once mention the Republican Party. Given our two-party system I can only assume that Mr. Seaborn’s screed against Christians who vote for Democrats i … [Read more...]

Against TOMS Shoes: Ethics Are Messy!

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Naomi Wilson, over at The Public Queue, has written an important critique of TOMS Shoes (h/t Tripp Fuller): The premise of TOMS shoes is that for every pair of TOMS shoes bought, the company will distribute a pair to a shoeless child somewhere in a developing country.... And TOMS does not just give children one pair of shoes and then abandon them — they work to supply each child to whom they give shoes with shoes throughout their childhood. Now comes the “But”: For...Shoe Drops, volunteers and … [Read more...]

#OccupyChurch: Jesus Threw out the Moneylenders for a Reason

Andy Lester was one of the most important professors I had in seminary. I took two classes from him: Introduction to Pastoral Care and Pastoral Care Confronts Anger and Conflict. As part of the latter class, we helped edit his book A Pastoral Theology of Anger, which cuts against the grain of the tradition that anger is always a sin. Perhaps the most important reading assignment in that class was an essay by Beverly Wildung Harrison titled, “The Power of Anger in the Work of Love.” She invites us … [Read more...]

“The Upside of Quitting”: Sunk Cost, Opportunity Cost, and the 10th Anniversary of the War in Afghanistan

Today marks ten years since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. To reflect on the meaning of this tenth anniversary and the future of U.S. foreign policy, I invite you to listen to a recent Freakonomics podcast on The Upside of Quitting. You can also read a transcript of the podcast on the Freakonomics website.Two of the crucial economic concepts that are colorfully explored are sunk costs and opportunity costs: You know the bromide: winners never quit and quitters never win. To which F … [Read more...]


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