October 28, 2020

If human life is the thing that you value most, you have to do more than just look at which candidate claims to be pro-life. You have to look at their records and assess how the policies they have actually enacted have valued human life. And Trump’s policies and those of many of his Republican allies have repeatedly shown a reckless disregard for human life. So vote to preserve human life. Or admit that some other value drives your vote. But valuing human life does not force you to vote for Trump. Read more

October 22, 2020

Of course, maybe you are white enough, privileged enough, rich enough, so that Trump’s policies don’t affect you directly? Very well.  You still don’t get to call yourself a feminist while supporting an administration that has gravely harmed women less privileged than yourself.  Women for Trump are not some new edgy kind of feminist. They are just the same old boring yet toxic props of a violent patriarchy.  Read more

October 15, 2020

We are now all living in the world of Donald Trump. And that world is untenable. As a result of our president, his words and his actions, we now have no common ground left as Americans. Read more

October 6, 2020

Trump’s “five-light” propaganda machine broadcasts its message 24–7. Pick any topic, e.g., COVID-19, climate change, systemic racism, the economy, foreign affairs—and Trump, his spin-jitsu-masters, and the de facto state-run media (a.k.a., Fox News) have a whole list of creative talking points to rattle off.   It’s hard to endure and persevere day after Read more

October 4, 2020

Not just the leaders, not just the theologians, but all Christians are called to ponder and explore the history and meaning of our beliefs and practices. We all sort out our traditions in the light of faith and in the context of the church, and we do it individually and in common. Read more

September 27, 2020

Tradition, then, in the broadest sense, is the language in which a community recognizes itself and becomes such. Traditions embrace origins, a past and a future identity in the present. Read more

September 26, 2020

And what is happening now has happened before. It has happened here. But since it happened to people who were not white, were not citizens, the nation pretended it didn’t matter. The nation pretended that the atrocities of history were always happening somewhere else. The official line, here in the United States, is that we are so much better than those other countries. And it’s a line that is easily sold—to those of us who have enough white privilege to buy it. Read more

September 21, 2020

People tell us that sorrow and anger are unproductive , and I don’t believe it. I think this is a lie that serves the narrative that no systemic change is needed, or that we should simply accept injustice. Read more

September 17, 2020

I think many of O’Connor’s fans can handle the vision of redemption that she presents because it happens later, over there, in the afterlife. So long as they are able to carry on as kings and queens in their tiny kingdoms on earth, what happens in the kingdom of heaven can wait. But when justice is done here and now, this becomes far more unsettling for them. When racial justice and movements for social equality unfold right beneath their noses, the violence is no longer titillating. It is no longer enclosed within a book or infinitely deferred. It is no longer safe.  Read more

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