Building Walls instead of Bridges

I simply do not know what to say about Donald Trump. I grew up in a home where what was going on in the world and in the nation was talked about regularly at the dinner table. Politics was often a spirited discussion between my father, a dyed-in-the-wool Republican and conservative in almost all his […]

People of the Book

I am disappointed at the way Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, one of the leading Evangelical Christian colleges in the country, is dealing with Political Science Professor Larycia Hawkins. Hawkins announced on Facebook that she was wearing a Hijab during Advent to show solidarity with Muslim sisters and brothers. She went on to explain that Muslims […]

To Love Your Neighbor

I have always thought that the conventional maxim – “religion and politics do not and should not mix” was not only wrong but misleading and downright silly. Of course they mix. We express our deepest values which often are rooted in our religious beliefs in how we live, how we order our priorities and spend […]

TIME Magazine Person of the Year

The thinking of many Protestants about the Papacy is complex and conflicted. The very idea of a single head of the One Universal Church of Christ contradicts what many of us believe about leadership in the Church and what we hold as the God-given right of individuals to participate in decision-making and the choice of […]

Franciscans and the new Pope

The more I know about the Franciscans the more impressed I am. Francis of Assisi, one the most fascinating characters in Christian history, is the founder of the order. His story is interesting and important. The son of a wealthy merchant, a mercenary soldier who wasn’t very good at fighting and ended up in prison, […]