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Have I Lost my Liberal “Cred”?

I would love to be one of those people who needs to take the Facebook quizzes to know which candidate I side with on political issues.  That would indicate I was somewhere in the middle of the liberal/conservative spectrum.  I’m not.  In fact, I’ve never met someone more liberal than me.  I’ve met people…

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Why I’m Presbyterian

I was born asking the question, “Why?”  My father tells the story of driving the three-year-old-me miles to the local electrical sub-station all the while tracing the wires from our house, because I asked “how come?” every time I turned the light switch on and off.  As a preschooler, I drove my…

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A Presbyterian Pope?

“Presbyterian” was in the news on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Articles were in the NY Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press and the New Jersey Star Ledger.  People heard about us on NPR and the BBC.  For most the news went practically unnoticed.  But, for those of us whose name is…

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Facing our Trolls

I’ve been thinking about trolls.  No, actually, not the cute, big hair, naked belly button dolls of my youth … but internet trolls.  Act One of This American Life told the story this week of Lindy West and one of her former trolls.  Ever since listening to the podcast, I’ve been thinking…

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The Marriage Question

Dwayne and I have been married for over thirty-five years now.  When we were married, we were kids.  Really.  We were the age of legal majority, but we were not old enough to drink alcohol in some states … or in any state today.  Why did we get married as…

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This Week: Climate Change

Last week on HBO’s series The Newsroom the fictitious news team scooped the story of an embargoed EPA report; the EPA official interviewed as part of that story claimed that the window for avoiding catastrophic consequences of climate change has passed. “It’s like you’re sitting in your car in your garage with…

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Is our Health Care System Ethically Flawed?

The Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear another case challenging the Affordable Care Act; this time the focus is on the tax credits that many Americans have received in order to afford health care insurance. And the Republican party leaders have again proclaimed their desire to repeal “Obamacare.”…

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More than Mere Survival … Sustainability

I’ve begun the first week of my first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) with Jeffrey D. Sachs of Columbia University.  This summer I presented a problem to the presbytery leader learning community in Connecticut … the problem, I proposed, is that church as we know it is not sustainable.  I…

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