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…]

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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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…]

Debunking the Myth of “Bootstrap” Morality

Despite our insistence that if people just worked harder they would improve their economic circumstances, the data we have doesn’t bear that out. Economic mobility is often about where you live, how much money your parents make, what kind of education you get, and how strong your social safety net is. Middle and upper-middle class people often have existing social safety nets that help them out. [Read more…]

Safe Sex, Healthy Sex, Sacred Sex

A couple of years ago, when my daughter was in seventh grade, I got a notice from her school that I could go and sit in on her first sex education class. I was surprised at how few parents actually showed up and far more of us were parents of girls than boys. The film [Read More…]

Forgetting Lynching at Our Peril

My third grader is a white child in a Title I school in our town. She’s writing a report on Harriet Tubman for her Black History month project and has spent the week devouring information about Tubman and proudly sharing stories and facts about her life with our whole family. “Mom, did you know Harriet [Read More…]

Progressive Christian Ethics

I am a Christian social ethicist by training and by vocation. In a highly secular world people often wonder what that means. Am I the church police, there to tell people how to behave? Am I the wise counselor, there to offer advice on how to live morally? Or, am I, simply there to make [Read More…]

Solidarity Ethics

In my book Solidarity Ethics, I explore the richness, depth, and challenge that a theology of solidarity offers as the foundation for economic and social relationships as opposed to the guiding principles of individualism, profit, and wealth accumulation that currently drive the economic structures of human society. The ethic of solidarity that flows from a theology [Read More…]