- Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States How is it that something which has the power to reveal the truth and unite us, can so often and so easily divide us and make it even harder to reconcile? A few weeks ago when the video of Ahmaud Arbery's murder was … Continue reading Eyes to Hear: How Videos Add Volume to the Cries of the Oppressed
- Moon Magnetism by Sacred Woman I can still vividly remember my first encounter with the overwhelming cruelty of violence. I must have been in third or fourth grade and was on the playground during recess, when I saw a few boys playing baseball. I walked over and was horrified to discover that they were … Continue reading Violent Magnetism: The Constant Pull to Use Force Instead of Reason
For several years I’ve been fascinated by the lives of famous warriors turned peacemakers, men like Nelson Mandela, Quanah Parker, and Smedley Butler. I mention these men because I hope their lives can become a road map for our nation in learning how to stop fighting one another. If Mandela could let go of revenge … Continue reading Are The Peacemakers Cursed?
An acquaintance of mine recently suggested that “active shooter drills” in schools are just like the Cold War, except the Soviets are us. His comment reminded me of a news story I had just seen. A middle school in Florida partnered with their local police department in conducting a real-life active shooter drill, with police … Continue reading The Power of Fear
I recently went on a road trip to visit a seminary in eastern Tennessee, and along the way something I will never forget happened. Earlier in the week I had heard reports that Toni Morrison had passed away, so in preparation for the trip I downloaded her novel Beloved. As I set out from my … Continue reading Beloved In Lexington