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  • Blog
    Tue, 27 Nov 2012
    Sacred Time

    The Thanksgiving holiday is sacred time.  Gratitude and thankfulness on this day are about celebrating and acknowledging the blessings we enjoy as Americans and as a member of a loving family or a loving relationship and simply for being.  The decision to carve out a 24 hour period for the entire nation to acknowledge the value... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 9 Oct 2012
    ArticleBaseball as Metaphor

    The other day, my Dad and I had a catch. There is nothing particularly remarkable in that. Except that my Dad is ninety. We’ve been having a catch for sixty years. How amazing is that? The simple rhythm of tossing the baseball back and forth opened the channels of communication between us (as simple rhythms often do). We... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 27 Sep 2012
    ArticleSubway Ads and Spray Paint

    There is a new “intersection” in the public consciousness: the convergence of free speech and religious sensitivity. This is actually not a new topic but recent unrest sparked by the sophomoric youtube video defaming the prophet Mohamad, and the ensuing violence it evoked, has brought this issue front and center in the... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 13 Sep 2012
    Early Lessons from Libya

    On the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, demonstrations erupted in Egypt and Libya in protest over the release of a video that mocks the prophet Muhammad as a blood-thirsty, craven and promiscuous simpleton. In Libya, these demonstrations were joined by a well armed attack on the American consulate in Benghazi leading to the death of US... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 29 Aug 2012
    Chris Christie's Failure, and What We Can Learn

    Chris Christie is my Governor. I don’t care much for his politics, but I appreciate his bare-knuckled, no-holds-barred rhetorical style. His free spirited remarks offer a refreshing exception to today’s highly scripted, say-nothing-that-can-get-you-in-trouble political landscape. His style, as much as the substance of his... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 15 Aug 2012
    Good Food and Guns

    I recently attended the 100th birthday party (yes, 100 years!) of Dr. Everett Parker, founder and former Executive Director of the Office of Communication, Inc. of the United Church of Christ (OC Inc.), a position I also held from 1999—2007, just before being called to Intersections. OC. Inc. has been a leading voice for the... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 7 Aug 2012
    A New United Nations

    Over the past year, we have seen several debates at the United Nations on the best way to address the Syrian crisis. Because of commercial and geopolitical interests, Russia, one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, has blocked the majority of resolutions aimed at alleviating this crisis. One of the many... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 31 Jul 2012
    Still Dying After All These Years

    In church on Sunday, as is our custom, mention was made in the morning prayers of those US service members who have died in Afghanistan, our nation’s longest war. Our church is about a half hour’s journey from home—when things go right—and this particular Sunday was clearly one of those times when nothing was... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 25 Jul 2012
    I Just Own It

    In the era of mutual funds, exotic financial instruments and blind trusts, what accountability do those who “own” the portfolio have for how the money is invested and the impact of the money on the world? This question is front and center in the 2012 Presidential election because of Mitt Romney’s continued use of the... more...

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    Mon, 23 Jul 2012
    Considering the Crisis in Syria

    Last month as I participated in a discussion at UNHCR’s World Refugee Day in Washington, DC, many questions came up regarding the situation in Syria. As the situation there worsens, I am deeply saddened to know that such a beautiful country—that millions of hospitable people call home—is in an armed struggle. ... more...