Drick Boyd

Author, Popular Educator, Activist and Scholar

Books That Shaped my Life (#12) – Starting All Over Again: Hints of Jesus in the City (by John Vincent)

Note: I continue my series on books shaped my life, while sheltering in place due to COVID-19. I share the story of a man who showed me where to find Jesus. I also offer a mediation for this time...

COVID-19 and Climate Change

Globally Connected Like just about everyone else in the world, my daily routine has completely upended by the COVID-19 global pandemic. What started as a rapidly transmitted flu-like virus in a...

The Search for Common Ground in the Prophets Dream

`On Monday, March 2, 2020, Dr. Mary Wade and I made a presentation at Pendle Hill, a  Quaker retreat and study center in Wallingford,  Pennsylvania in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. Our topic...

Get Over it; It’s called Democracy

Iowa is getting a bad rap. They held their caucuses and they tried to upgrade using an app and it failed them. Sounds like some of the apps I tried, found wanting, and deleted. In the wake of the...


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I’m a popular educator, college professor, activist and scholar. I want to share my experience, expertise and services to individuals and groups seeking to create healthy and vibrant communities

Paulo Freire: His Faith Spirituality and Theology

Co-author James Kirylo and I explore the Christian faith of Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, best known for his critique of traditional “banking” education methods, and his development of critical pedagogy.  He is also considered one of the founders of popular education, linking learning with concrete action for social and political change.  However, little has been written about his personal faith.  We explore the spiritual and theological implications behind his thinking, political action, and fundamental concepts such as conscientization, humanization, conversion to the people, utopia and the primacy of love.  We also highlight Freire’s long time interaction with liberation theology and his difficult relationship with the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America.  The book also contains a moving foreword by Freire’s wife, Ana Maria “Nita” Freire. For seasoned readers of Freire, this book presents a unique perspective on his life and work.  For those unfamiliar with Freire, it is a good introduction to one of the seminal educational thinkers of our era. 

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