One of the paradoxes of my life has been how my journey inward has simultaneously led me on a journey outward. My passions in life are the mystical way and the kingdom of God. The mystical way nurtures my spirit but also leads me into ventures for the kingdom of God, for peace and justice. I confess to an unplanned approach to peace and justice, taking up the banner for various causes at different times, attending antiwar rallies and vigils, and sending many letters and emails and phone calls on everything from gun control legislation to overcoming poverty and hunger. For about 15 years I was on the Board of Directors for the Attleboro Area Council of Churches which has important ministries to the poor and sick. Concern for marginalized people became increasingly important as part of my pastoral work, including the poor, those with disabilities, gays, lesbians, and the transgendered.
In retirement I continue involvement in an Interfaith Dialogue group in the Attleboro – Providence area to promote harmony among the world’s great religions. The CROP Hunger Walk was always one of my passions and I help with our local organizing committee. During the last year or two I have been more involved in support for political candidates who are advancing a progressive agenda for our state and nation. My emphasis right now (following the onslaught of gun violence last year) is to support efforts towards federal bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazine clips, and to extend background checks to all gun sales (see The Tragedy of Violence below).
There is no grand design to my efforts, just responses that hopefully promote caring and community. Scripture has been my guide: “What does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
Below are links to several blog postings: