Did you ever notice that those surrounding The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. included a good number of clergy, including Priests, Ministers and Rabbis?  I raise that  in response to those who say that clergy should never get involved in political action.  “They should stick to preaching and pastoral care” is what they say.  […]

RUDE: discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way


I believe strongly in non-violent protest.   Following the examples of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I believe that non-violent protest is an effective and mature way of stating opposition to existing rules, laws, or methods of enforcement.   Had it not been for such demonstrations in the 60’s and 70’s we would not have made progress […]

INJUSTICE: violation of the rights of others


It is easy to romanticize the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. to a point that it loses its significance.   That may seem like a harsh comment on this annual day of recognition of the civil rights leader.   But it is not a criticism of King.  It is a comment on the way in which […]

MEMORABLE: not easily forgotten


Friday night we went to see the opening night showing of the new film 42.  It is the story of Jackie Robinson, the first black man recruited into Major League Baseball.  He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the late 40’s. The film is a blunt exposé of the racism which greeted Robinson’s recruitment as […]

ESCHEW: to abstain from

The Lenten season is known for its practice of abstaining from sweets as a form of gentle sacrifice.  Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, is the day before Lent begins, and emerges from a tradition of cleansing the house of all things tempting, removing the sweets and fattening items which lure Christians from their good intentions.   […]


I attended an event last evening at which the speaker was The Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Senior Pastor Emeritus at the famous Riverside Church in New York City.   It is not the first time I have heard him speak; each time he has me at the words, “Good evening, Brothers and Sisters.” There are always […]