January 17, 2021

My parish, St. Francis of Assisi of Tuscaloosa, has an ongoing project to educate about race and racism in our Church and in America.  It is called the Martin de Porres Project, and its threefold mission is summarized as Seeing Racism Building Racial Justice Healing Through Racial Harmony. Today we launched a five part lecture series.  I gave the first talk, entitled Seeing Racism, about structural racism in America.  The video of my talk is below (I guess this makes... Read more

January 17, 2021

The Church of St. Timothy in Blaine, MN, in collaboration with a small group of spiritual directors and activists, has designated January 17-24 as a Week of Nonviolence for Christians. In organizing this week, they have prepared a toolkit of prayers, reflections, and action steps for us to take each day of this week that includes our national commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy as well as a transition of political power in the United States... Read more

January 16, 2021

I write these words in Dubuque, IA, USA, on January 16, 2021 among national concern about armed protests planned in all fifty US state capitols in response to Joe Biden’s upcoming presidential inauguration. I hope and pray that whatever happens tomorrow, there will be not shots fired, no one beaten, no lives lost…and that the following day, we will honor in peace and gratitude our nation’s prophet of justice and nonviolence, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. That said, I... Read more

January 2, 2021

SPOILER WARNING: The Good Place spoilers below. In season 3 of The Good Place, the protagonists discover that no one has actually made it to the good place in roughly 500 years. Initially suspicious that the demons of the bad place have rigged the system, our heroes eventually find the explanation for the problem is actually much less perfidious, though no more comforting. The modern world, it seems, has become so morally complex that virtually every action is morally compromised. While... Read more

November 1, 2020

Recently I posted a rough draft of an essay for the Fall newsletter of my regional Secular Franciscan fraternity.  As I noted, I rewrote the second half of this essay.  It has appeared (and has been be posted here), so I want to share the final draft as well. This summer, the killing of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers galvanized a series of demonstrations, protest marches,and occasional riots across the United States. The Black Lives Matter movement, founded... Read more

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