Acting Out of Compassion

Acting Out of Compassion

For the last five years, I have been meeting almost every month with Father Treacy, co-founder of the Treacy Levine Center that became Paths to Understanding. One of the themes in our conversations is the power of acting for the good of our neighbor, and acting with...
Story of Origin

Story of Origin

I spoke recently to a scholar of Mesopotamian religions named Ehaab. He pointed out the many similarities and connections between these religions and those that developed in their midst. For instance, he led me to note the 42 Laws of Maat (order) and similarities and...
Kids These Days

Kids These Days

If you poke around on the internet much, listen to TV news, or social media you can hear people being grumpy about younger generations, especially Millennials and Gen Z. I don’t see it that way. Socrates famously said: “The children now love luxury; they have...
Giving Orders to the Creator

Giving Orders to the Creator

This weekend I will be speaking with a Christian youth group about how multi-faith relationships, partnerships for the common good, and public solidarity is a faithful expression of the Christian wisdom tradition. The sad reality is that for many Christians, the...
Soldiers of Slander

Soldiers of Slander

A mother of Turkish descent living in the San Juan Islands hired a babysitter so she could work. What she didn’t know was that the soldiers of slander had planted lies in her babysitter; lies that would upend her life for a time. Of three things my heart is...