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  • I will try to not repeat what has already been established about the candidacy of Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States. In Sunday’s Washington Post , Henry M. Paulson, Jr., a former U.S. treasury secretary and chief executive of Goldman Sachs, speaking as an...

  • There’s the sound of shuffling feet as a procession of black-robed women viewed from behind move swiftly through the shabby ruins of their convent on the way to prayer. Seven times a day, lined against two walls facing one another, they chant the daily Office. Their voices are strong, collectively beautiful, praising God and revealing not a clue of the terrible, almost unimaginable, suffering they have endured. It is Poland in 1945, the Germans have been driven out by the advancing Russian...

  • Since there has been so much conversation around Pope Francis' comments about the church offering an apology to the L.G.B.T. community I thought I would offer a little context.

    First, Pope Francis was responding to a question that referenced a comment, from a few days ago, by Cardinal Reinhold Marx, president of the German bishops' conference, who himself said that he felt the church should offer an apology since it had marginalized that community....

  • Twilight stretches out over an eternity during the summer solstice in the North Country of Minnesota, where I found myself this past week on a pilgrimage of sorts to Bob Dylan country. Work had brought me to Minneapolis, his brief collegiate home , and so I extended my visit for two days to fulfill a desire two decades old and drive to...

  • This weekend in New York City the LGBT community celebrates “Pride Weekend.” In the wake of the Orlando massacres, this event takes on great significance. Now, not every LGBT person will march in a parade this weekend or this month. Some people prefer to stand on the sidewalks and cheer. Some don’t much like parades at all. Sadly, some still have a hard time accepting who they are, and also struggle with their relationships with God.

    So I’d like to offer some reflections for LGBT...

  • Dr. Aqualus Gordon (University of Central Missouri)

    Aqualus M. “Kway” Gordon is a psychologist specializing in masculinity who...

  • It is hard to believe it would improve matters in Syria, but 51 mid-level U.S. diplomats are urging a campaign of airstrikes against President Bashar al-Assad. In the draft of a memo sent through the State Department’s “dissent channel” and leaked to the New York Times last week, the diplomats protested the Obama administration’s policy in Syria and argued that regime...

  • I didn’t know that a prison yard was going to be a congress of world religions until I got here. In this nation of 1,200 incarcerated souls, layered two-by-two in eight different dorms, there are reverent members of many faiths. There are Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Mormons, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Druids, Odinists, Native American spiritualists, Wiccans, Satanists, atheists and Toastmasters. All right, Toastmasters is not a religion, but they are the newest group on the yard. The...

  • I was talking to my grandfather yesterday to wish him a happy Father’s Day when naturally, our conversation turned to the most important game in Cleveland’s history.

    “I don’t know, I think they can win it,” I said to him.

    “It seems like it; but who knows, it is Cleveland after all,” he replied.

    I understood his hesitation. I had been going through my own gamut of emotions after the Cleveland Cavaliers forced a game seven against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday....

  • The murderous event that occurred in Orlando early Sunday morning has of course captured the attention of us all, and it has been interpreted, rightly I think, from many angles. Omar Mateen was a disturbed young man, struggling with his own sexuality and disastrously lashing out; he was a terrorist dedicating himself to ISIS and its war on America; the event, as terrible as it was, is but a moment in the much larger scandal of our government—the Senate, the House, and we who elect them—and...