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Boston Declaration | Full Text & Reflections

November 25, 2017

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A PROPHETIC APPEAL TO CHRISTIANS OF THE USA Nov 20 THE BOSTON DECLARATION Occasion As followers of Jesus, the Jewish prophet for justice whose life reminds us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31) we hear the cries of women and men speaking out about sexual abuse at the hands of leaders in power and […]

Putin’s Revenge | Reflections & Transcript

November 12, 2017

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PBS, FRONTLINE (Parts 1, 2) tells the inside story of how Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy — and why he decided to target an American election. Reflections If we can set aside partisanship, and if we can garner enough political will to accept facts as real and valuable, this […]

Tickling Giants | Reflections

November 6, 2017

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Tickling Giants (2016) TV-14 | 1h 51min | Documentary | 10 April 2017 (Egypt) One of the most engaging documentaries I’ve seen in a while, Tickling Giants displays what we in America often take for granted, presenting democracy and its innate values more accurately as a humanity-wrenching value. It is both heroic and harrowing. The lessons are deep and profound, and I offer a […]

West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnett, (1943) | Transcript and Highlights

September 28, 2017

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In a world that is summarized in 144 characters, lengthy wisdom is lost on public discourse. So articulately and hauntingly predicted by Neil Postman and others, this dearth in our national conscience is truly a threat to our national soul. What has happened to us? First, we have both accidentally and purposely cultivated a shallow […]

Just Mercy | Review, Reflections, and Notes

August 12, 2017

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Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Spiegel & Grau, 2015. (349 pages) Review and Reflections What Stevenson does in this book is brilliant, for he does not just state the problem with erudite arguments, though he is a brilliant lawyer and rhetorician. Rather, he weaves the inhumanity of our systems through the […]

The New Jim Crow | Reflections & Notes

March 27, 2017

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Michelle Alexander. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press, 2010. (312 pages) Reflections For anyone with even a scosh of compassionate humanity, reading this will be difficult, perhaps causing at times outbursts of screaming at the pages, or a walking away from the book out of mere frustration and […]

13th: A Conversation With Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay | Reflections

February 17, 2017

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13TH: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay – Netflix We’re all human at the kitchen table. – Ava DuVernay Our church has been going through The New Jim Crow for our book club, and I’ve been personally growing in my education on this issue, wondering, pondering, struggling, and grieving over what and how […]