Hospice, not a Hospital

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been reading Pope Francis’s Papal Encyclical, “Care for Our Common Home.”  The Pope focuses a lot of attention on curbing human problems–especially climate change and poverty–through public policy shifts.  He is certainly not alone in this.  It is not unusual to hear Christians calling for systemic shifts…

The Cut Flower of Creation

Photo by Carrie McKamey Recently, a friend asked me to read Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si: On Care of Our Common Home.  In it, the Pope lays out his views “on the environment and human ecology.”  A great deal of the discussion centers on human-caused climate change.  Pope Francis intricately explores the environmental and social ramifications…

Celebrating “In”-dependence

Sketch by Patrick Murphy With the Fourth of July just past, we have ringing in our ears and independence on our minds. National memory makes independence a chief value for Americans.   Our sense of freedom is rooted in each person’s right to live as they see fit. The classic “American Dream” is to achieve…

Don’t Tread on Me (Part 2)

Please read Part One before continuing… Societal unforgiveness is further tightening its coils through microagression theory.  Dr. Derald Wing Sue says, “Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, non-verbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.”  Sue…

“Don’t Tread on Me” (Part One)

“To err is human; to forgive, divine.”  This old saying nails a core human issue (as old sayings often do!)  Amidst more fashionable issues like global warming, social justice, and gay marriage, I fear plain ol’ forgiveness is an afterthought.  Yet our old saying captures two things about forgiveness: 1) It is fundamentally important; 2)…