This IS How Change Happens

I must admit that I was not aware of what was happening at the University of Missouri in recent months. It either didn't get much media attention, or I simply missed it. But it's certainly getting attention now. What strikes me the most about the resignations of Mizzou's president and chancellor … Read more about This IS How Change Happens

On So-Called “Religious Freedom” Legislation

So-called "religious freedom" legislation in Indiana and Arkansas has been getting a lot of press lately. Critics claim that these bills will make it possible for businesses to legally discriminate against same gender couples. As a citizen of the United States of America (who happens to be a … Read more about On So-Called “Religious Freedom” Legislation

Telling the Story

Thanks to Adam Walker Cleaveland and Jan Edmiston, I had my world rocked last night by civil rights hero Congressman John Lewis and one of his aides, Andrew Aydin. They have collaborated on a series of graphic novels about the civil rights movement called March. They spoke at an event sponsored by … Read more about Telling the Story

Can Anything Good Come Out Of…?

I preached this sermon yesterday at the afternoon jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The context is MLK weekend and the scripture reading was John 1:43-51. One time when I was in high school my family took a weekend trip to New Orleans and spent most of our time in the French … Read more about Can Anything Good Come Out Of…?

A Bird’s Eye View of Segregated America

Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Reflecting on Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Emancipation Proclamation 100 years before, King began his speech with a sobering reminder of what had not changed in the century following the … Read more about A Bird’s Eye View of Segregated America

Some Thoughts on the End of DOMA

As an American citizen, I'm very pleased about the Supreme Court's ruling yesterday that a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. As I've noted many times on this blog, marriage equality is a civil rights issue and there is no civil basis for preventing American citizens … Read more about Some Thoughts on the End of DOMA