Liberty over security: speak out before it’s too late

I watched in horror as America was attacked on September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 moms, dads, sisters and brothers died. The world rallied around America as the images splashed across newspapers and flashed across TV screens. Support poured in from friends and foes alike. The Bush administration called for international action against al Qaeda based […]

Beyond Iraq: King’s message for today

On January 20, 1986, the first national Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday was observed. It took another 13 years for all 50 states to enact the holiday, and even today it goes unrecognized by various institutions and places of work. However, today King’s family and other members of his “beloved community” keep his dream alive […]

Episcopal debate: realignment not schism

When I was preparing for my recent wedding at the former St. James Episcopal Cathedral, I had to search through a trunk full of old documents to discover the exact date of my baptism. To my surprise, I found the yellowed bulletin from St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Rockport, Massachusetts, recording my baptism on November […]

Episcopal debate: church should embrace differences

“The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” This sign is a heartwarming reminder throughout the nation of a denomination called to Gospel mission. It well represents a church that embraces people of different backgrounds and theological approaches who worship and pray together. Since we “see through a glass darkly” as humans, I hope we can continue to […]

Tolkien, humanity and war

Each year at this time I recall with joy the Christmas releases of the films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Though Tolkien “cordially disliked allegory,” there are many different ways of understanding LotR. Some see it through the filter of their desire for a black and white universe, and ignore equally prominent […]

Does history owe the innkeeper an apology?

It is a most well known story: Joseph and Mary having to travel to Bethlehem for a Roman census, and this when Mary is in the last stages of her pregnancy. They arrive in the little town, only to find that there is no room for them in the inn, and so they are quickly […]

Enough is enough: let children be children

Education is the key to success. This is the mantra of business leaders, politicians and parents. More education means more opportunities for higher paying jobs. Higher income means more than simply having more things. It translates into improved quality of life through better health and nutrition. The evidence seems conclusive. College graduates earn more than […]

Cons of school dress code: helping students dress for success

The last days of summer saw students and parents shopping for school supplies and clothes from the list given out by their schools. Parents spent precious dollars, being told that this investment would pay dividends in increased student learning. According to Yolanda Valdez, principal of Dinuba High School, “The dress code sets the tone for […]

Pros of school dress code: helping students dress for safety

Each year more and more schools adopt some form of dress code. While some challenges have been made concerning their constitutionality, in general court rulings have supported codes that are instituted properly and can be shown to be rationally related to a legitimate pedagogical purpose. The safety of the children in the schools appears to […]