Ethical Culture Is a Platypus

When Europeans first encountered the platypus in Australia, the first assumption was that it was a hoax. A duck’s beak and webbed feat on the body of a beaver-like mammal? An aquatic mammal that gives birth by laying eggs? Instead of trying to pigeonhole it into...

Community’s Challenges

Being in community — especially a community committed to inclusion and diversity — can sometimes be challenging.  Henri Nouwen, a spiritual teacher and activist, once wrote that community is “the place where the person you least want to live with always lives.”

What Is Beloved Community?

~ Jone Johnson Lewis “Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not...

A Great Storm Is Over

Jone Johnson Lewis Writing on Inauguration Day, 2021 While my mind wants to believe today that we are waking up after a nightmare, this was a period that caused incredible damage.  (I’m remembering that the outgoing president’s inaugural address four years...

Alternative Futures

Brueggemann, a Protestant Biblical scholar and theologian, stood for religion as providing a alternative narrative to forces of nationalism, militarism, and consumerism. While I do not share his Christian faith, I do share his basic commitment to the idea that in order to make change, we need counter-narratives to “this is how it is and how it always shall be.”

A Time to Imagine New Ways

As the New Year begins, how can we use our imaginations to help create a world that is more livable, loving, just, and peaceful?

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