They are Leading

In my previous post I shared a letter I sent to my city officials. Obviously, a lot -- a LOT -- has happened since then. The mayor, several city council members, and the police chief all replied to me. I won't share those personal correspondences, but I do want to share the public statements they …

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Please Lead Us

Here is a letter I wrote to my city's mayor, the city council, and the Chief of Police. Well, actually to the police commander of the Office of Professional Standards because I couldn't find an email address for the chief. He's on Twitter, but apparently not email. I pledge to continue to strive to be …

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Why am I in the Washington Post this week?

The short answer?Because I joined 99 other clergy -- two from each state -- in signing an open letter to Congress. That letter ran in Thursday's (October 17th) Washington Post. The more complete answer?I know there are hundreds (at least) of incidents of injustice in our communities, our states, our country, and our world. I …

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Time to act thankfully

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Global Food Security Act yesterday (Thursday). Our friends at Bread for the World, the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, and 65 other organizations endorse this bill. Why? More than 800 million people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger. The Global Food Security Act makes into law: …

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‘We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality…’

Interconnected. Mutual. "What affects one directly, affects us all indirectly." Issues overlap. We've talked about this a number of times at my church. For instance, I've been known to say something like this, "If we want to talk about ending homelessness, we have to talk about the lack of affordable housing. If we want to …

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Sometimes it works

Here's a little something that got sucked into my black hole of non-blogging during the last [gulp] half of 2015: That is a picture of the results of the Offering of Letters we collected in October. Apparently, it wasn't as memorable as I would have liked. When I asked our church's Administrative Council what the …

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Time to vote!

Today it is tempting to write something like, "I don't care who you vote for - just vote!" On one level, I mean it. Nationally, our voter turnout is, frankly, pathetic. As you can see, since 1948 we've never had higher than 65% turnout of eligible voters. Multiple years saw only 39%. If we could …

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Connections. It’s all about connections.

There was a lot to like about last weekend's Confirmation retreat. No, not everything was peachy. You can't throw 16 people who aren't used to spending that much time together into a fairly small space for 26 hours and expect nothing but sunshine and roses 🙂 We played a lot, and we snacked a lot, …

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‘Blessed are the peacemakers’

Today is Nelson Mandela Day; it could hardly occur at a better time. What the world needs now is a whole lot of people praying for - and working for - peace. Those of us who claim the name of Jesus better be leading those efforts, if we want to live up to that name. …

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Advocacy at work

Well, that happened fast. I guess sometimes it all comes together. Lately I've used this space, as I often do, to write about the Christian duty to engage in justice advocacy to alleviate hunger, poverty and oppression. Then Bread for the World picked up a little of what I wrote and asked if they could …

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