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  • Blog
    Tue, 9 Oct 2012
    Baseball as Metaphor

    The other day, my Dad and I had a catch. There is nothing particularly remarkable in that. Except that my Dad is ninety. We’ve been having a catch for sixty years. How amazing is that? The simple rhythm of tossing the baseball back and forth opened the channels of communication between us (as simple rhythms often do). We... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 27 Sep 2012
    Subway Ads and Spray Paint

    There is a new “intersection” in the public consciousness: the convergence of free speech and religious sensitivity. This is actually not a new topic but recent unrest sparked by the sophomoric youtube video defaming the prophet Mohamad, and the ensuing violence it evoked, has brought this issue front and center in the... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 13 Sep 2012
    Early Lessons from Libya

    On the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, demonstrations erupted in Egypt and Libya in protest over the release of a video that mocks the prophet Muhammad as a blood-thirsty, craven and promiscuous simpleton. In Libya, these demonstrations were joined by a well armed attack on the American consulate in Benghazi leading to the death of US... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 29 Aug 2012
    Chris Christie's Failure, and What We Can Learn

    Chris Christie is my Governor. I don’t care much for his politics, but I appreciate his bare-knuckled, no-holds-barred rhetorical style. His free spirited remarks offer a refreshing exception to today’s highly scripted, say-nothing-that-can-get-you-in-trouble political landscape. His style, as much as the substance of his... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 15 Aug 2012
    Good Food and Guns

    I recently attended the 100th birthday party (yes, 100 years!) of Dr. Everett Parker, founder and former Executive Director of the Office of Communication, Inc. of the United Church of Christ (OC Inc.), a position I also held from 1999—2007, just before being called to Intersections. OC. Inc. has been a leading voice for the... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 7 Aug 2012
    A New United Nations

    Over the past year, we have seen several debates at the United Nations on the best way to address the Syrian crisis. Because of commercial and geopolitical interests, Russia, one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, has blocked the majority of resolutions aimed at alleviating this crisis. One of the many... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 31 Jul 2012
    Still Dying After All These Years

    In church on Sunday, as is our custom, mention was made in the morning prayers of those US service members who have died in Afghanistan, our nation’s longest war. Our church is about a half hour’s journey from home—when things go right—and this particular Sunday was clearly one of those times when nothing was... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 27 Mar 2012
    The Intersection of Life and Death (and So Much...

    Your pastor, Rev. Charlie Morris, and I were classmates at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. It was a different time then: the end of an era known as “the sixties,” a time of dramatic changes in the church, a time when the Vietnam War was still raging. One of the issues that confronted the church then, as it does now, is... more...

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    Tue, 4 Oct 2011
    Reflections on Ribbons and 9/11

    During the tenth anniversary weekend of September 11, I had the privilege of spending a lot of time in Battery Park, not far from where, a decade earlier, the horrific scene was unfolding as towers collapsed, clouds of toxic dust filled the streets, uncertainty reigned, people died. We had invited individuals, organizations, clubs and... more...

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    Tue, 30 Aug 2011
    Don’t Be Fooled By a False Conversion

    When religious magazine Sojourners refused an ad that promoted acceptance of LGBT congregants, did it send a signal that GLAAD couldn’t squelch simply by placing a new ad? The recent publication of an ad in the progressive religious magazine Sojourners, placed by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and created by the... more...