Category Archives: Theology and Ethics

Fire and Flood in Cardboard City

I am a big fan of the Manhattan Short Film Festival which is screened at over 350 venues worldwide every autumn.  The funniest entry in 2018 was from New Zealand, “Fire in Cardboard City”, a ten minute animated film directed … Continue reading

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Ordination Message

(The following is a message I gave to Rebecca Driscoll, on her ordination to the Christian Ministry at First Baptist Church, Attleboro, Massachusetts on June 24, 2018) Rebecca, I am honored that you asked me to give the charge to … Continue reading

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Holy Week and Politics

It was politics as usual in Jerusalem during that first Holy Week.  The echoes with contemporary politics are striking.  Take, for instance, the dialogue between Jesus and the governor, Pontius Pilate, described in John’s Gospel chapter 19. 1.       The wealthy … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To Be An American?

Like many immigrants, I came to the USA for new opportunities.  I personally did not have any grand goals in mind.  I was married to an American, and Jean wanted to return to her homeland after two years in London.    … Continue reading

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Is The End Nigh?

Attleboro’s Big Read* novel this fall, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, describes a world where 99% of the population has been killed by a virulent flu virus.  The story certainly speaks to our time of hurricanes, famines, droughts … Continue reading

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The First Will Be Last

Below is the text of a recent letter my wife Jean and I sent to the editor of our local newspaper, the Sun Chronicle, occasioned by President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.   For those who like to … Continue reading

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The Courage to Live

In the wise, charming and funny movie, You Can’t Take It with You (1938 Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director, Frank Capra), there’s a conversation on a park bench between Alice Sycamore (played by Jean Arthur) and Tony … Continue reading

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