Archives for June 2016

The Private and Public Dilemma of Spirituality

I am no fan of fire-and-brimstone preaching. In particular, the type of sermon that couches itself in old testament judgements about daily life on one end, followed by a heavy guilt trip about wickedness in the middle, and bookended with passages about the end-of-days truly unnerves me. If this is what makes up the sum total […]

The Wrong Public Idea About Difference

It’s amazing how many examples about the wrong public idea about difference surface regularly, pointing to our ongoing inability as a modern, presumably educated and advanced, global society, to overcome the legacy of racialized difference. Say what you will about Brexit, the role racial fears played into the vote cannot be ignored. Brits’ beliefs that […]

Beyond Our Control as Fathers

No one tells you in clear, never-to-forget, dramatic fashion that you will not be able to fully protect your child as he works his way into the world beyond your control. Some of us are lucky enough to have that sort of realistic wisdom shared at the moment when we most need to hear it. […]

The Ugly Legacy of Racialized Difference

It’s interesting how just twelve years ago it was hard to talk about institutional and individual racism, and today there is no shortage of video proof that the ugly legacy of racialized difference exists. Frankly, most of the time I don’t want to watch the videos that show me the problem I know all too well […]

Symbols in the Public Mind

  Don’t be fooled when people say, “why worry about it? It’s just a symbol. Symbols don’t meaning anything?” Oh really? If that’s the case, then why did so many non New Orleanians weigh in on how important it was to keep the confederate statues right where they are, in the open air, reminding everyone […]

Check Out The Civil Conversations Project

I am glad to know that many others are thinking along the same lines about the problems that plague our public lives. One effort I truly appreciate is called the Civil Conversations Project (CCP), which “is a series of radio shows and an online resource for beginning new conversations in families and communities. How do we speak […]