On the first day of the Obama administration, our newly elected president signed the order to close down Guatanamo. Scores of human rights advocates were in ecstasy. For those of us committed to peace and social justice, the words Guatanamo and Abu Ghraib invoke images of shock and horror. How could we as a nation have stooped so low? Where was the outcry from the Body of Christ?
I guess that people are on a journey when it comes to faith. Some admit to being on a journey, while there are those who state they have arrived.
"People will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy."
Lent is a season of transition. It is a season of fasting, reflection, penance, and preparation.
The memos to President Obama in the January issue are interesting for what they omit as well as for what they include.
While at Yale last weekend, I had the opportunity to eat breakfast with a bright group of young students. One of the topics we touched on was interfaith dialogue.
I recently heard a voice from Darfur. She sat on a stage in front of me, not on the pages of the newspaper, and Darfur's resilient voice said, "The crisis has turned our lives upside down."
Sunday, I preached from the old pulpit of William Sloane Coffin at Yale University.
The United States has recognized that genocide is taking place in Darfur, Sudan. That recognition is now five years old.