Contested History: A Parable

I am five years old, standing on the sidewalk at a Fourth of July parade with my mother, my aunt, and my sisters. Before the parade begins, a vendor comes by with a cart full of balloons and other kitschy souvenirs. We are each allowed one. There are the twisty-tie kind, contorted into animals. There […]

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The Poetry of the Gospels or “The Art of the Deal”?: Moral Leadership in an Uncertain Time

I was honored to be invited to deliver this year’s Turner Warren Lecture at First Christian Church, Lynchburg, VA.  The lecture series has a long history, and has included such notable lecturers as Rabbi Harold Kushner, Dr. Fred Craddock, Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, and Dr. Martin Marty.  It was also a treat to see other familiar […]

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Otherwise

Otherwise the old priest said the same five things will happen still: crusty rings around your bread; a curtsey and a robin’s egg the wind will blow westward, hard; your words forgotten for the ages. Somewhere in our basement is a banker’s box with notebooks of writing from my teenage years. I didn’t know anything […]

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