Trump, Sexual Assault, and Incest: When Forgiveness is Failure

In the midst of the chaos of this election it is also important to pay attention to what justice looks like in the context of sexual assault. [Read more…]

Learning to be Parents: The Challenge of Community in a World of Social Isolation

And so, I wrapped that baby up tight, gave him a pacifier and started swaying and shooshing until he calmed down. My niece and nephew were amazed and asked me tell them again what the 4 S’s were again. [Read more…]

How to Pray When You Don’t Believe in Magic

Asking God to heal the sick or feed the hungry or to end injustice is to imagine a divine Being who is like a fairy godmother – with the power to grant our various wishes, if only we are humble and deserving enough. [Read more…]

When Is Stopping a Pipeline Social Change?

While many people were surprised by the Obama Administration’s work stoppage on the pipeline, this action represents one significant example of how the government can play an important role in long-term social change. [Read more…]

Don’t Be an Asshole: Reflections on Civility

When did we decide that the virtues of our public officials and the values that shape the discourse of our public sphere were somehow separate from the virtues and values that we claim guide our personal lives? [Read more…]

Do We Need an 11th Commandment?

Christians ought to have a Trinitarian understanding of moral obligations that exist in relation to God, to one another, and to creation.
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Keeping Hope in a World Gone Mad

The question remains, though, how do we keep doing the work of social justice in the midst of world gone mad? [Read more…]

Just What is Xenophobia?

In the inestimable words of Inigo Montoya in the Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” [Read more…]

Open Letter to Obama: Please DO something!

The country needs the President to do something. Your statements are important but they are not enough. Being the first black president is important but it is not enough. Your moral witness and courage in the face of this very same racial prejudice has been incredibly inspiring but it is not enough. [Read more…]

What to Do About Our Crisis of Racial Injustice?

The problems that we face are not about the police. We do not need to wait on the outcomes of trials against individual police officers. This is not about individual police officers. This is about the soul of our nation. [Read more…]