Forgive Us Our Sins

Forgive Us Our Sins

I have been reflecting and meditating on Pope Francis’s public apology for the role of the Roman Catholic Church in Boarding Schools. I appreciate that his leadership will lead to many such reflections. In the course of my work, I talk with leaders of many...
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...
Bridging Bias and Building Unity

Bridging Bias and Building Unity

Six years ago I invited an Imam to join me at the Lutheran convention. As I extended the invitation, I wanted him to know that we had differences on some important issues. In words I remember as if they were spoken yesterday, he said, “We disagree on these...
Can You Feel It?

Can You Feel It?

I was always a sensitive person. When I was little, I could feel the emotional states of people around me. I don’t just mean that I could sense them. I mean that I could feel them in my body. Some people said “You are too sensitive.” Many meant to...
Responsibility of a Majority

Responsibility of a Majority

Sunday I spent the day in San Juan Island. I preached a the Episcopal church. I gave a sermon on Antisemitism and then led an adult forum on anti-Muslim hate groups. As you may remember, a young girl on the Islands had her genitalia inspected by her babysitter and a...
The Power of Your Pen

The Power of Your Pen

I heard a story about an attempt to inhibit drunk driving in a university town. One campaign told the story of “increasing numbers of students are driving while drunk.” The other campaign told the story of “students at this university are...