Ruth Hawley-Lowry

The Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry has pastored in the New York, Chicago, and Grand Rapids areas. On the 40th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s martyrdom, Naomi Tutu and she organized a gathering with moms from Nashville and professors and pastors from Boston, Baltimore, and D.C. on the steps of Lincoln Memorial.

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Glenn Beck Co-opting the Steps of the Lincoln Memorial

by Ruth Hawley-Lowry 07-27-2010
I am grieved and angry that Glenn Beck is going to be on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28 (the anniversary of the historic civil rights March on Washington on August 28, 1963) -- and

Mother's Day Challenges

by Ruth Hawley-Lowry 05-07-2010
Mother's Day is a challenge. While advertisements evoke misty eyed memories and quaint appreciation for mothers, the truth is that Mother's Day began as a call to action by Julia Ward Howe.

Tragic Anniversaries and Embodying Resurrection Hope

by Ruth Hawley-Lowry 04-12-2010
This week is a confluence of anniversaries. April 7 was the 16th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda where more than 800,000 died in a few days.

'God, is it Okay to Be Afraid Now?'

by Ruth Hawley-Lowry 04-02-2010
I gave up fear for Lent. That seemed like a good and perhaps even holy idea at the time.

Hearing MLK's Full Message

by Ruth Hawley-Lowry 01-15-2010

This year, as we celebrate the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are too often tempted to celebrate what has been achieved rather than examine what God continues to call out of us. Hopefully we know that there is no such thing as "post-racial," even after the election of an African American president.

World AIDS Day and Rosa Parks' Civil Disobedience

by Ruth Hawley-Lowry 12-01-2009
December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the day that Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat on a bus in Montgomery.

46 Years and Counting: What Happened to the Dream?

by Ruth Hawley-Lowry 08-28-2009

Forty-six years ago, on Aug. 28, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood and gave the "I Have a Dream" speech [full video below]. And even this sentence reveals one of the fundamental struggles that continues in our nation.

Kennedy, Health Care, and Imperfection

by Ruth Hawley-Lowry 08-27-2009
The first time I met Sen. Edward Kennedy was in the underbelly of the Capitol on the Capitol Subway.

Reflections on an Election Year Holy Week

by Ruth Hawley-Lowry 04-09-2009
"Maundy Thursday" comes from the Latin word mandatum which means "command." This refers to when Jesus said, "A new commandment I have for you, that you love one another" (John 13:34) as he washed h

What Keeps Us From Living MLK's Dream?

by Ruth Hawley-Lowry 04-06-2009

Last year Naomi Tutu and I met on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to keep vigil on the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friends joined us from around the country. We asked the visitors gathered there: "What keeps us from living the Dream?" Most folks spoke of fear. Some spoke of ignorance.