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
A few more thoughts on so-called "religious freedom" legislation, especially for my Christian sisters and brothers. I have heard it said in these past days that some Christians do not believe that their religious rights should be violated to protect the civil rights of others. Clearly, there are … Read more about Forfeiting Power
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
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
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 few days ago I shared a Facebook link about a clergy-led non-violent act of resistance in Ferguson, MO next week and asked if anyone from Chicago was planning on going. It generated quite a debate between one of my oldest friends---who happens to be a police officer in Atlanta---and one of my new … Read more about Debating Ferguson
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
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