What if Churches Lost Tax Exempt Status?


Tax-exempt status for churches is “an evil” and “if permitted to continue, will probably lead to great trouble.” No, that’s not from a recent commentary by satirist John Oliver who created a stir when he criticized the IRS for not providing oversight of churches and unscrupulous fundraising tactics. President Ulysses Grant said it. Oliver is [Read More...]

What Would You Say to Pope Francis?


The head of a healthcare organization where I do ethics and compliance work asked me shortly after a meeting, “What would you say to the Pope, if given the opportunity?” The CEO and a few members of his family will attend Mass celebrated by the Holy Father at Madison Square Garden in New York City. [Read More...]

Kentucky Clerk: Bigot, Hypocrite, or Wounded Soul?


Human nature fascinates me. Every one of us does things, for good or ill, because of past experiences. Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-gender couples is no different. She’s allowed herself to be arrested for her religious convictions, though it was avoidable had Davis permitted deputy clerks to issue [Read More...]

Christian activists must take on usury and credit scores

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Whether speaking in pulpits, lobbying lawmakers, organizing rallies, or discussing the issue in the media to elevate awareness, Christian activists must expand the definition of economic justice to include usury and credit scores. How is squeezing more money from someone with a compromised credit score stemming from illness, divorce, unemployment, identity theft, or one of [Read More...]

Actor Stephen Fry calls God “maniac,” if God exists

Recently, an interviewer asked actor and spirited atheist Stephen Fry what if he was wrong and God existed. What would he say? Fry responded, “Bone cancer in children, what’s that about? How dare you, how dare you create a world where there is such misery that’s not our fault? It’s utterly, utterly evil.” If there [Read More...]

Do unto others: the dangers of discrimination based on religion

In January, the US Supreme Court decided to hear arguments on expanding the definition of secular marriage. One issue before the court will determine whether states without same-sex marriage may prohibit them, but be required to recognize such unions for residents who had them legally performed elsewhere. The other is more encompassing and pertains to [Read More...]

Question in the New Year

Often when as Corporate Chaplain or personal Spiritual Director I conduct a workshop, speak before a civic group, or receive an email inquiry about inner wellbeing there is a direct or inferred question about the meaning of life, or lack thereof. It’s understandable when you think about the injustice surrounding us whether poverty, homelessness, inequality, [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Day Reflection


There is something holy, divine and inherently spiritual about your being. It’s one of the many things for which to offer thanks on Thursday. Earlier this month, I gave a workshop on integrating spiritual care with mind and body health. One of the questions explored involved meaning and purpose. Finding relevance in a cold, complicated [Read More...]

Spirituality at Hannaford grocery


In November, I offered a workshop and facilitated a conversation on integrating mind and body health with spirituality, broadly defined, at the office of EAP Capital in Albany, NY.  Although I had a few things to share bordering on the esoteric and philosophical, much of it focused on pragmatic, practical ways to nurture inner wellbeing on a [Read More...]

Sandy the homeless lady and ethics


The homeless have much to teach business professionals about ethics, perspective, and sense of self. Let me introduce you to Sandy, who merits being dubbed San Diego’s unofficial ambassador. This homeless soul had a smile broader than the harbor, warmth that rivaled the sun’s rays, eyes as big as the sky’s beauty, and good cheer [Read More...]

Ethics, Truth and Fairness on Wall Street

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In July, I had an opportunity to speak before a group on Wall Street regarding spirituality’s positive impact on ethics.  Yeah, talking about values and inner-wellbeing to professionals in New York’s financial district is like a lamb entering the den of hungry, arrogant, and disdainful lions.  I shared fellowship and survived. There’s a banner prominently [Read More...]