Our ecumenical service on the First Sunday of Advent was focused on the environment, both natural and human. With good words, good song, prayerful reflection, and real communion. It brought again to mind something that regularly comes to me as I fret and try to act about our global crisis. It’s the thought that criticism … Continue reading Advent, the Environment, and Admiration
The short answer is “yes,” as long as I also add that I must fear her as well. So let me here count some of the ways and whys for that continuing love and fear. My purpose in writing now about Russia is to help myself and possibly others remember the messy humanity of Russia … Continue reading May I Still Love Russia?
We hear much doom and gloom these days about real crises, about violence and distrust and polarization…. I suspect that most of us experience this G&D. It’s is a real and important experience pervasive in the cultural air we breathe daily. We must pay serious attention to it. Yet I write mainly to suggest that … Continue reading Gloom and Doom — Hope and Zoom
So yes, I took the dog for its morning business and, since I have a full day ahead but no deadlines, I sat with the dog in front of Denver’s Union Station and started again to notice so many other dogs, and of course many people…men and women to and from work, couples and families … Continue reading Three Days in May: Which Started with the Dog… And Ended at a Zoo
As commentary on the Catholic sex abuse crisis has exploded of late, and as much of that commentary has focused on homosexuality in the priesthood and hierarchy, I have been trying to write something about homosexuality, if only to clear my own head and heart. Yet too much of what I was writing focused on … Continue reading In Praise of Priests
Years ago I team-taught a course on aging. We, profs as well as students, were all young and we studied issues about the elderly in contemporary society. Today I write not about “them” but about “us”. I write less from study than from experience, my own and that of friends and family. I want to … Continue reading The Yin and Yang of Aging
Reader Alert: I probably shouldn’t post this writing. It’s too long, too abstract, too scattered. Yet it’s taken me so long to draft and redraft — and then I had a week of computer problems — so I post it with a “caveat lector” warning: feel free to pass on reading or get ready for … Continue reading A Philosophical Forecast for 2018 or Not Moving Too Quickly From The Many to the One
My previous blog (scroll down for “Breaking Bad”) described the cancerous oligarchy whose disease has metastasized into our civic “body of faith.” Today I write about healing that body. I hope it doesn’t get either too academic or too homiletic. But first a crucial point: threats to the health of our body of faith don’t just come from the kinds of politics I … Continue reading Going Good — The Yankees, Jimmy Carter, and Our Body of Faith