For one day in Memphis, America was a Beloved Community
Apr08

For one day in Memphis, America was a Beloved Community

Flying into Memphis last Tuesday, through purple mists and hovering ghosts, the plane reeling from the clouds and rain, I felt Dr King’s sad spirit floating over the grayish Mississippi River, the verdant magnolia-laden landscape, and the brownish buildings below.  The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel was upon us—the history-altering tragedy happened at that site at 6:01 PM on...

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Passover 2018 arrives at the intersection of blood, racism, and hope
Mar29

Passover 2018 arrives at the intersection of blood, racism, and hope

A bittersweet irony it is that the freedom festival of Passover arrives just prior to the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and one day before the rebirth of hope for our Christian neighbors—Easter Sunday. As MLK  said, “No one is free until everyone is free.”   We all come to our April festivals this year with a thousand cuts on our soul—from the concerning volatility in Washington to the pervasive...

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#MeToo: This woman was God’s agent at Purim
Feb26

#MeToo: This woman was God’s agent at Purim

There are the beloved Five Scrolls in the Hebrew Scripture, including Ecclesiastes, the Song of Songs, Lamentations and two named for heroic women: Ruth and Esther.  The Jewish people will be again reading, chanting, and dancing with the Scroll of Esther this Wednesday evening, February 28–the festive evening of Purim. Go, girl! Ruth was the consummate loyalist, paradigmatic convert to Judaism—a maternal ancestor to the Davidic...

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Dr King was a brooding, lonely man that freed a proud race
Jan15

Dr King was a brooding, lonely man that freed a proud race

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  would have been 89 years old today.  Today is history–I am remembering a visit in Berlin exactly two years ago on MLK Day.  Not lost upon me then was the irony of commemorating Martin Luther King Day while visiting in the one-time capital of the Third Reich.  Dr. King would have been pleased with this inversion of possibilities just seventy years after the Holocaust of the Jews. Martin Luther...

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No more of this assault on immigrants!
Jan05

No more of this assault on immigrants!

I will no longer tolerate this ugly national mood–especially the brazen, indulgent persecution of immigrants and so-called “foreigners.”  It hurts the heart and it’s wrong. It is heinous to single out American Muslims for such biased and pejorative treatment. I am an immigrant to this country, arriving at the age of nine.  My parents chose the United States for its vast professional and economic opportunities.   I felt safe and...

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