Pursuing Restorative Justice

Pursuing Restorative Justice

This past spring (2020) I had the opportunity to teach a course on Restorative Justice to undergraduate students. In preparation for the course, I read The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice by Fania Davis. In the book Davis reports on her work in Oakland,...
Summer 2020 Reflections

Summer 2020 Reflections

The past several months have been a whirlwind of change, fear, anger, and anticipation. In mid-March, everything closed down and we were sent into self-imposed quarantine, advised to keep a social distance, wear masks and hopefully wait out a rising pandemic. By May...

In Memory of C.T. Vivian and John Lewis

On Friday, July 17 two giants of the Civil Rights Movement and of U. S. history died. While many others far better qualified than me will write and speak their eulogies, I want to share what C. T. Vivian and John Lewis meant to me. I was deeply saddened by the news of...
Of Trees and Flowers

Of Trees and Flowers

It Started with a Song Over 45 years ago, I wrote a song about trees. Trees have always moved me for some reason. One summer between years at college I worked for a landscaping company in Spokane, Washington. I was fascinated by the tall, stately pine trees that...
Hope is an Active Verb

Hope is an Active Verb

The beginning of a new year is usually a time when people make resolutions and plans for the year ahead. The turning of the calendar can give one a sense of new beginning, new opportunities, new hopes. I am one such person. I am actually one of those people who not...

The Paradox of Tragedy

        Two Tragedies Over the past few weeks I have experienced two (what for me were) tragedies. In neither case was I directly affected and yet because of my relationships with the people who were affected, I have been deeply impacted by...