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Trust: “the coin of the realm”

December 13, 2020

Here’s a shout out to George Schultz, former secretary of state (among other portfolios), who turns 100 today. I wouldn’t know what to give a centenarian for a Birthday gift, but I greatly appreciated the gift of wisdom he shared in The Washington Post on Friday. In an opinion piece reflecting on the past 100 […]

Are We Seeing the End of Democracy?

December 10, 2020

President Trump refuses to accept defeat. He continues to attack the electoral system and political functionaries, even from his own party. Republican leaders are pouring fuel on the fire through open support of Mr. Trump’s narrative or by remaining silent. Few have condemned the contempt he is showing for the democratic process. Democratic Party leaders […]

On Human Dignity

November 24, 2020

What if, in the course of our common life, the recognition of human dignity took center stage? While it has been dismissed among some as vacuous or problematically unspecific, dignity acknowledges the inherent value of each human being and, when acted upon, can significantly improve the quality of interpersonal and intergroup relations. There certainly are […]

Why I have been reluctant to write (but can stay silent no longer)

January 7, 2020

The last thing the world needs is another disembodied voice yelling into the ever-deepening abyss of opinion that masquerades as truth. In the intervening years between my last post and this one, I have consciously sought to be silent, to listen deeply for the voices I would not hear if I were instead occupied with […]

A Wildly Inclusive Welcome

April 29, 2015

Ever since I first visited Hope Church Boston in the summer of 2003 I’ve nurtured a dream for the church: a dream of extravagant welcome and non-judgmental inclusivity. The seeds of this dream were planted at the Sunday evening Jazz service at First Church in Cambridge where I first encountered a truly open Communion table. […]

A Chain of Gratitude

November 15, 2013

Thou that has given so much to me, Give one thing more – a grateful heart; Not thankful when it pleaseth me, As if thy blessings had spare days; But such a heart, whose pulse may be Thy Praise. – George Herbert As Thanksgiving approaches, I’ve been exploring gratitude with a small group at the […]

Spiritual Refreshment on the Internet

March 31, 2012

Doing as much work in front of my computer as I do, I find it helpful at times to go to places on the web where I can find refreshment and renewal. Rather than frequent pilgrimages to news sites where the hype of “breaking news” is overdone, I find the sites offered below help me […]

The Power of a Letter

February 11, 2012

How I would have loved to be a fly on the wall as Col. P.H. Anderson read the letter below from a former slave. The colonel had asked the emancipated Jourdon Anderson to return from Ohio to Tennessee to again work for him. The response is filled with grace, justice, humor, and truth-telling. (I came […]

The Responsibility to Act

February 8, 2012

This week’s article for the church newsletter is a call to action in solidarity with the people of Syria who are under assault by their government. Here’s the extended version: As I write this the city of Homs in Syria is under fierce bombardment by forces loyal to that country’s president. Syria is a nation […]

To be Married to an Artist…

January 10, 2012

Nanette is in Israel on a 10-day trip with Andover Newton Theological School and Boston University. Take a moment to read her blog, where you’ll find rich insights and incredible photographs. This picture captured my attention like none other. It’s of a cart being wheeled through a souk in Hebron.