Trump’s Road to the White House | Reflections

January 28, 2017

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Trump’s Road to the White House. Frontline, PBS, 2017. I realize that commenting on anything political in this season is highly risk, so rather than comment, perhaps a reflection? As I have said many times before, the principle, “seek first to understand,” is the driving force behind my inquiry, search, and study of all things […]

Divided States Of America | Review & Reflections

January 22, 2017

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PBS Frontline. Divided States of America. 2017. Synopsis: FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship that gridlocked Washington in the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president. —review— In good Frontline fashion, this two-part documentary is a measured journalistic journey that charts through the history of the development of recent politics that have […]

Boxers & Saints | Reflections

December 25, 2016

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Gene Luen Yang. Boxers & Saints. First Second, 2013 (336 pages) Seattle pi review by Jeff Provine; NYTimes review by Wesley Yang; Download a Teacher’s Guide; National Book Review lecture and trailer; I’ve included a significant portion of the NPR Interview with Petra Meyer below: In an email interview, Yang says his Catholic upbringing inspired […]

Becoming Sons And Daughters | Reflections

December 16, 2016

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Becoming Sons and Daughters [2012] Plot summary from IMDb: Every major social problem that plagues our nation today can be traced back to one root cause: Fatherlessness. For instance, 71% of pregnant teenagers live in a fatherless home. Additionally, 85% of young men in prison grew up without a dad. They are not stats, they […]

The Righteous Mind | Notes & Review

December 14, 2016

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Jonathan Haidt. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. 2012. (419 pages) I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, not to hate them, but to understand them. – Baruch Spinoza, Tractatus Politicus, 1676 Introduction This book is about why it’s so hard for […]

The Accidental Universe | Notes & Review

November 21, 2016

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Alan Lightman. The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew. Vintage Books, 2013. (157 pages) Boston Globe review by Emily Rapp; Harper’s Magazine, by Trevor Quirk; Harper’s Magazine, by Alan Lightman; Salon by Laura Miller; New York Journal of Books by Richard Cytowic. Preface The mind is certainly its own cosmos. As Milton wrote […]

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Okay. Let’s Talk About It.

November 10, 2016

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“Seek first to understand.” – Socrates “Shema (שמע)” – Deuteronomy 6:5 Okay, friends. Let’s talk about it. A Pastor, The Pulpits, and Politics: A Lament Over this political season, a tremendous–and painful–quandary has arisen. As clergy, I am bound by two very real forces when it comes to my voice and politics. The first is […]