.Columns & Editorials

May 18, 2022

A Promise to Our Kids: We won’t kill you

At a certain point, as I was reading the book I’d recently been sent, a strange transformation began occurring: Gradually, as I moved ever deeper into it, I wasn’t so much reading as quietly singing a hymn . . .  participating in a chant. The book is A Promise to Our...
Mar 30, 2022

Peace and Power: The deep connections between democracy and nonviolence

In recent weeks, leaders and commentators here and abroad have rightly framed Russia’s brutal aggression against Ukraine as a struggle between autocracy and democracy.  There are good reasons for casting the conflict in these terms, but in our...
Mar 16, 2022

Hiding from History: Choosing redemption and wholeness rather than guilt and shame

A proposed Florida law prohibits any teacher in the state from providing information about the full brutality of our country’s history of black chattel slavery; Jim Crow apartheid that followed; along with serial atrocities, including the terrorism...
Mar 9, 2022

Now Is the Time: The war in Ukraine is a test for peace and...

There are many important questions and conversations emerging about the current war in Ukraine. People want to know who is to blame, what is the cause of this mess and what will be the way out.  The fact...
Mar 2, 2022

New Cold War: Ukraine and the nuclear paradox

Somewhere out there in the geopolitical wilderness of Eastern Europe, two powerful beasts stalk each other. One of them is good. One of them is evil. The future of all life on this planet is at stake. This...
Jan 26, 2022

Prison Gerrymandering: The new Three-fifths Compromise

Are free and fair elections too much to ask for? Thanks to partisan gerrymandering—and its ugly cousin, prison gerrymandering—the answer is often “yes.” High-stakes redistricting battles now underway will help determine next year’s midterm elections. In a perfect...
Jan 19, 2022

The People v. Mississippi: Defending women’s right to choose

Within the next few months the Supreme Court will decide on Mississippi’s challenge to Roe v. Wade. No Court in the past 50 years would have taken this case, but the present conservative Court, bolstered by a...
Jan 12, 2022

Cozying Up: Staying healthy during the winter of ’22

The winter of 2022 may prove to be a winter none of us ever forget. It’s the Omicron winter. Stress levels are at an all-time high as we enter it. Too many people living quarantined in too-small...
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