Solidarity Ethics Offer an Alternative Pathway for Justice

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Consumerism Gone Wild. Read other perspectives here. copyright Living as a first-world citizen in a globalizing world presents a great moral challenge. Many people are aware that the wealthiest 20 percent of the world’s population consume 76.6 percent of the world’s resources, while the world’s poorest 20 percent are left with 1.5 percent. [1] However, fewer people are aware that while basic education for... Read more

Do Benedictions Matter?

wikimedia commons The benediction at my Saturday Presbytery worship service jolted through me in a surprising and electrifying way. It was surprising because that particular benediction is perhaps more familiar to me than any other. It was electrifying in its stark contrast to the benediction used at my current place of worship. Go out into the world in peace; have courage; hold on to what is good; return to no one evil for evil; strengthen the... Read more

When Will Republican States Do Their Duty?

Photo by Sage Ross There is no doubt that Obamacare has had a significant impact on providing health insurance for millions of people in the U.S. The first quarter of 2015 showed 10.7% of the population remained uninsured, down from a peak of 18.2% in 2010 when Obamacare was passed. The New York Times has produced a series of maps that show the remarkable shifts that have happened in the last three years as Obamacare has... Read more

How to Fight Right-Wing Abortion Extremists and Help Poor Women I don’t know about you, but I’m getting sick and tired of right-wing Christians and other pro-life extremists. Full stop. You know the reasons, right? *manipulating video to attack Planned Parenthood (and make us talk about fetuses) *harassing women who have abortions *building a memorial wall for aborted fetuses, seriously??? *defunding Planned Parenthood *ridiculous Congressional hearings about Planned Parenthood For months, the nation has watched as pro-life extremists have attempted to throw Planned Parenthood under... Read more

The Key to Climate Change

Copyright: giuliano2022 / 123RF Stock Photo How do you think about yourself in relation to the natural world? Even the language we use to answer the question belies important aspects of our worldview. Do you have a relationship with the earth or a relationship to the earth? Those who primarily understand the natural world as something to relate to, are people who largely hold an anthropocentric, or human-centered, approach. The earth is an object that we relate... Read more

Growing Pains: The Challenge of Raising Children Who Think for Themselves

Copyright: auremar / 123RF Stock Photo I remember being so ready to go college when my time came. I think my parents were ready too. I was the youngest and I think they were ready for the next stage of their life as much I was ready for the next stage of mine. We usually spoke on Sunday afternoons to catch up, but that was pretty much it. I only lived at home again the summer... Read more

An Adventure in Cartography: Approaching College Visits as a Pair of Explorers

By Myshadesofgray (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsMalia Obama is reported to have visited a friend at Brown University this weekend. Its at least the second time she has been to campus and Brown is supposedly among her top choices for college next fall. While Malia has likely had a great deal of support and advice in her college selection process and is virtually assured of getting into any college she chooses, like... Read more

How Capitalism is Destroying Higher Education: Why David Brooks Got it Wrong

By MPD01605 from Sterling, Virginia, United States, United States (Alamance Building) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsIn his latest New York Times op-ed, David Brooks mourns what he sees as a shift away from the task of moral formation that was once at the heart of higher education. He writes, “academic research and teaching replaced character formation at the core of the university’s mission.” As a Christian ethicist and a university professor, I have to... Read more

Why K-Cups Are Going To Kill Us

By Jesse Viviano (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia CommonsDo you know what a K-cup is? How about a Keurig machine? Do you have one in your home or at your office? Even if you don’t use one yourself, you must have seen these around. Keurig is an amazing machine that makes a perfect cup of coffee everytime in less than a minute. Just pop in a K-cup, pour in some... Read more

Documenting the Undocumented: How ID Programs Improve Community

Used with permission from Faith Action International Faith Action International in Greensboro, NC has pioneered a community identification program to address the problems that undocumented immigrants often face in their local communities. Like similar efforts for local ID cards in Los Angeles; Hartford, CT; and Winston-Salem, NC; Faith Action’s program began with the recognition of the vast gulf that existed between undocumented immigrants and the local police in Greensboro. The Rev. David Fraccaro, the Executive Director... Read more
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