Power is fickle. When necessary, we are called to fight the power; when needed, we must embrace it.
We must admit that there is something wrong. The current representation of religion does not respond to the needs of society, nor does it answer the pressing questions of our time. There is a gap between our understanding of religion and the current era, born as a result of the lack of interaction between religion and contemporary life.
There were two guys. Two regular, ordinary guys dressed in summer shirts. One guy had a hat. They were kicking back by the side of the road pretty muc...
If we are too afraid to say things because the consequences outweigh human progress, then we must all ask ourselves, "What are we even living for?"
With all of the excitement around U.S. and Cuban relations finally opening up there is a host of questions around race and religion that are fundamental to the lives of Afro-Cuban religious practitioners left to be asked.
Have you ever been annoyed with God? Ever felt like things were not going well in your life? When life starts to go awry, and there's no-one to point a finger at. Who do you think usually gets the blame?
Present-day politicians are, if nothing else, products of their carefully-constructed media savvy teams that run their campaigns with talking points and few facts and even less passion.
People of faith are pitted against the LGBT community, which is positioned as both godless and faithless. Let's be clear -- many LGBT citizens are people of faith and hold strong religious beliefs. And every faith community in this country includes LGBT people in its pews.
There is a theology of geography. There is a connection between space and fate. There is something unspoken that connects destiny with places, places with people. Towns and cities do not surface with notoriety. Situations or quite often the deeds of people precipitate such famous or infamous states.
It was scheduled to rain on a big day for my alma mater, and a university big wig told a reverend to pray for God to hold the rain. The reverend chided, "God might have bigger things to worry about. Maybe he even wants it to rain."
Even if some people are gay, and even if some of these gay people are married, we can still all get along. The framework is already in place under the principles of freedom of religion in our own Constitution.
More than anything else, drone strikes actively work against the potential for just, lasting peace. The kind of peace that involves political stability, economic opportunity, and restorative justice is impossible to reconcile with global, endless drone wars.
Amazing Grace is a song about one man's real and ugly sin. The sin of slavery. At the same time it is a song about the power of forgiveness, a song about looking into the depths of very real evil and, even there, especially there, finding grace that is bigger than all the hate.
Things are about to get weird. After months of hearing from conservatives and fundamentalists about how they were going to secede, leave the country, or burn themselves in effigy over same-sex marriage, the day has arrived.
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church teaches us, at great cost, that politics -- politics done right and righteously -- is actually deeply spiritual. And religion -- religion done right and righteously -- is actually deeply political.
I am often invited to speak to various religious groups and organizations throughout the United States and beyond. Sometimes it's to a large organization and other times it's to a small church group, in a temple or even at a youth parish sports dinner.