The Huffington Post Press Items
A revealing thing happens when you remove yourself from the daily drum of politics and become a mere observer. I did just that last year, during some of the most divisive moments of the presidential election. Sitting back and watching the deluge of insults and accusations that feeds our political system, I witnessed the worst of us as a nation. And I came to the conclusion that it's time to reframe our priorities.
It's a constant story line involving powerful men in politics, sports, business, and even religion: they behave with utter disregard for the dignity and humanity of women, using and abusing them at will, and somehow believe that -- as men -- they are entitled to do so. These men seem to think that the ordinary rules of decent behavior do not apply to them. We have a never-ending avalanche of disgusting stories about men cheating on their spouses and the mothers of their children, abandoning old wives for new ones, practicing serial philandering as a way of life, sexually harassing and assaulting women, physically abusing them, and even committing rape.
After the Matzah, Rose Berger of Sojourners magazine shared Palm branches around the circle and with them, the meaning of Palm Sunday -- commemorating Jesus' entry in a protest march into Jerusalem, opposing the violent and deadly Roman Empire just before Passover -- the appropriate and risky time of remembering the downfall of Imperial Pharaoh.
Francis. Pope Francis. This could be good news for the Catholic Church, for the whole church, and for the world. Let's hope and pray so.
Bestselling author and public theologian, Jim Wallis, talks about a special series called "The Bible" which aired on the History Channel this past Sunday.
Politics at its best serves the common good -- far above any one interest or political party. And right now in Washington, we see that playing out as we continue to reach accord on immigration reform. But when it comes to our budget debate, partisan ideology and special interests are winning out over the common good.
HuffPost's Sabrina Siddiqui and Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis weigh in on the looming $85 billion cuts. Plus, the debate over Hagel's nomination continues.
I know I am not the only one who is sick and tired of Washington's manufactured crises around budget and deficit debates. Brinksmanship has replaced statesmanship in trying to find a sound path to fiscal responsibility. It is time to make the right moral choices that will defend the most vulnerable and pursue an opportunity agenda to reduce the highest poverty rate in 50 years.
There is a tradition in the black church named "call and response." It's simply the experience of the preacher "calling" and the congregation "responding." I've always loved it. When you're preaching in a black church, and the congregants begin to actively and vocally respond, your sermon can actually get better, stronger, deeper, and more powerful than it might have been if everyone just sat there. Sermons get interactive. Congregations can be inspired by the preacher -- and the other way around. Ideas grow, get taken further, and even develop during and after the sermon. And it can make things change.
It was the biggest story inside the Beltway. Since last Thursday's hearing, the whole Washington media machine has been discussing and dissecting the extraordinary confrontation in the Senate Armed Service Committee regarding the potential confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as the new Secretary of Defense. Several Republican senators were extremely combative with the combat veteran who earned two Purple Hearts for his wounds in Vietnam. Hagel deserves another Purple Heart for the wounds his former "friends" and party members tried to inflict upon him. Hagel didn't really defend his views -- which were both caricatured and attacked by his adversaries -- perhaps on White House advice not risk further debates before being confirmed.