Gonna Stick My Sword in the Golden Sand: A Vietnam Soldier's Story has just been released. The title comes from a stanza of the gospel traditional, Down by the Riverside, with its refrain--"Ain't gonna study war no more." Golden Sand is a bold, dark, and intense retelling of the Vietnam experience through the eyes of an army scout that is […]
I am pleased and honored that the UCC has asked me to moderate a symposium during the games entitled Queer Christians: Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Our job is to do two things. It is to defeat Trump, it is to elect Clinton. But [our revolution] is not to end on Election Day.– Bernie SandersQuoted in Caitlin MacNeal's article, "Sanders to Delegates: 'Easy To Boo'But Harder to Have Prez Trump"Talking Points MemoJuly 26, 2016UPDATES:• The Moment Hillary Clinton Becamethe First Fema […]
Sometimes you have to be contentto plant good seeds whenever you canand be patient as you watch themgrow and ripen.– Buffy Sainte-MariePerhaps, like me, you felt somewhat dispirited by the news last month that Hillary Clinton had been declared the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee over Bernie Sanders.Much to the chagrin of a number of my friends, I […]
Three passages from my reading in the past day that speak quite directly to questions I have raised repeatedly in the last several days here:First, Michael Pasquier on white Catholics and the perduring sin of racism:White Catholic support for desegregation grew during the 1960s, a decade that witnessed the peak of the civil rights movement and the aggiorname […]
Just a note to tell you I've re-read my posting earlier today about Robert Jones' book The End of White Christian America, and have spotted some glaring errors in the text — for which I apologize. I've now corrected them, and wanted to tell readers this, in case you tried to read the garbled text and could not make sense of it. I know I'm […]
Archbishop Neinstedt gives the camera his best "I would never tell a lie" expression. I just finished reading Jennifer Hasselberger's deposition released by Jeff Anderson and Associates. The deposition was given for a civil suit against the Archdiocese of Minneapolis/St Paul and involves child sexual abuse by a priest known to have serious se […]
Leaving tomorrow for eight weeks of summer camp with Czech kids, first in the forests of Krivoklat, then the beautiful rolling hills of Moravia.I do have a week off, when I hope to head for the Tatras mountains in Slovakia, and a few days of retreat at the lovely Marian shrine of Litmanova, on the border with Poland.
Omar Mateen as seen in a documentary film. Photo credit: James Varty / The Big Fix / YouTubeI will preface this brief update to my previous posting on the Orlando shooting with these wise words from Russ Baker of Who What Why. Org. Somewhere between the rush to judgment that is the neatly packaged mainstream version of events in Orlando, and the wilder meme […]
The trumpet vine is blooming ...And I finally was able to catch Mouse to go to the vet to be neutered. They looked at his sore arm too but the news wasn't good - apparently it was actually broken and then healed in such a way that he now can't bend his elbow. At present, at least, fixing that isn't really practical, but maybe we can in the fut […]
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