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Compassion arises as a direct and appropriate response to suffering. Now, there is no shortage of human suffering in our world. Then why isn’t there more compassion?

Dear Members and Friends, Either the United States will destroy ignorance, or ignorance will destroy the United States.            -W.E.B. Du Bois, 20th century historian By now you have undoubtedly heard the many stories recounting the horror that took place on February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  You have also, I hope, heard the […]

There have been 4 legitimately labeled school shootings in the US already this year…

Dear Members and Friends, There is something deeply hypocritical about praying for a problem you are unwilling to resolve. -Miroslav Volf, theology professor at Yale Our hearts are broken.  On Valentine’s Day the worst school shooting in the horrible history of school shootings in the USA was perpetrated and 17 hearts stopped beating.  Another 15 […]

To remember my humanity is to place myself completely in the understanding of who Jesus is and what he is all about.

Dear Members and Friends, Before every session, I take a moment to remember my humanity. There is no experience that this man has that I cannot share with him, no fear that I cannot understand, no suffering that I cannot care about, because I too am human. No matter how deep his wound, he does […]

How do you embrace disagreements?

Dear Members and Friends, I have learned that the things that divide us are far less important than those that connect us.                                                            -Rachel Naomi Remen, 21st century How do you embrace disagreements?  Are you the type that thrives on dissension and looks for people you can debate and hopefully change their mind and show […]

It has been a most upsetting time the past two weeks.

Dear Members and Friends, Let us therefore not think of our movement as one that seeks to integrate into all the existing values of American society.  Let us be those creative dissenters who will call our beloved country to a higher destiny, to a new plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humanness. […]

Thoughts on Economic Justice from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. evokes not only memory of King but reflection on his continuing significance. In remembering King, we recall the courage and conviction he demonstrated in pursuing justice, including economic justice. It was King’s passion for economic justice, after all, that led him to Memphis. In his […]

Here we are almost two weeks into the New Year. How are you doing with those resolutions?

Dear Members and Friends, He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.                                       -Albert Einstein, 20th century Here we are almost two weeks into the New Year.  How are you doing with those resolutions?  Are you still engaging them?  Are they […]

What is the five-hundred-year question?

Dear Members and Friends, Holding on is believing that there is only a past; letting go is knowing there’s a future.        -Daphne Rose Kingma, 21st century Artists Makoto Fujimura describes visiting the Fra Angelico (1395-1455) exhibit at the Met one December.  As he gazed at Angelico’s “Madonna and Child,” he says he had […]