Drick Boyd's Blog

Is Our Democracy in Trouble?

On September 14 I attended a symposium at the University of Pennsylvania entitled “Democracy in Trouble?” featuring renowned political scientists from across the United States and Europe. Throughout the day they spoke about various challenges facing democratic...

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What Brett Kavanaugh Reminded Me Of

I am writing this on the Wednesday that the FBI is supposedly going to supply the US Senate with the results of its investigation on the charges of sexual abuse made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. So, I write this without knowledge of the...

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Community Development as Human Development

Recently, I attended the 10th Annual meeting of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) that was being held in Philadelphia. The meeting gathered together several hundred people from across the country involved in various...

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The Church Lost in Exile: A Lament

Too often in secular culture the word “Christian” is synonymous with rigidity, judgmentalism, and hard-heartedness toward the “other.” We unfortunately have lived down to that depiction, and can only change perceptions as we change our interactions with each other and those who are “other” around us.

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The Slough of Despond

Recent events in the Special Counsel investigation, reactions coming out of the White House  and continual denials of any wrong doing have brought to mind something 17th century British clergyman John Bunyan called “the Slough of Despond.”  In 1678 John Bunyan...

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The Unfinished Life

This past summer I celebrated my 65th birthday. When it comes to age there are certain numbers in our culture that carry extra significance;18,21, 40 and 65 are such numbers. On that particular day, I was in Oark, Arkansas where my wife and I had rented an AirBnB...

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America: A Lie or a Vision?

The cumulative effect of these experiences caused me to wonder if the myth of America as the land committed to freedom, equality, and justice was in fact true. At best it seemed America is a dream yet to be realized. At worst could America be a boldfaced lie?

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The Problem is Not Trump, Its Us

Could WE be the Problem?The recent series of gaffes, insults and “mis-statements” by President Trump have brought another round of calls for action by Democrats, and muted criticisms coupled with deliberate inaction by embarrassed Republicans. Talk shows from Fox News...

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Plantation Jesus – Book Review

I was asked by Englewood Books, a Christian bookseller, to review the following book for them. Below is the substance of that review.Book Review: Skot Welch, Rick Wilson, & Andi Cumbo-Floyd (2018). Plantation Jesus: Race, Faith and New Way Forward. Harrisonburg,...

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A Change in Paradigm for Christian Higher Ed

For over 20 years I have taught at a Christian (read "evangelical Protestant"), faith-based university. During that time, I have lived through several changes in leadership, as well as many personal and institutional ups and downs.  Today, like most small private...

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Thank you James Cone

On April 28, 2018 Dr. James Cone passed away at the age of 81. While I only met him once very briefly, his writings have deeply influenced my theological thinking. In 1975 as a senior in college at Duke University I took a course called “Black Religion.” At that time...

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Oppose School Vouchers

The Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee has passed SB 2 a bill that increases the prevalence of school vouchers. POWER, PCCY ( Pennsylvania Citizens for Children and Youth), Education Voters of PA, and many other education justice groups are calling for citizens...

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