Drick Boyd's Blog

American Oligarchs

What is an Oligarch? Like many others, I have been gripped night after night by the evening news reporting the latest attacks and devastation being inflicted on the people of Ukraine by the Russian military. I am supportive of the efforts by the nations of NATO to...

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An Open Letter to Rep. Liz Cheney

NOTE: Below is a letter I am sending to Rep. Liz Cheney (R- WY) who was recently censured by the Republican party for serving on the House of Representative Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building with a particular focus on the...

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Selma Now and Then

In June 2013 I visited Selma, Alabama as part of a Civil Right Rights bus tour organized by Dr. Todd Allen of Messiah University. Our tour guide on that portion of the trip was Joanne Bland. Joanne was 14 years old when the famous confrontation on the Edmund Pettus...

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In Memory of bell hooks

Gloria Watkins, better known as bell hooks, died today (December 15, 2021). She was 69 years old and had been suffering from a chronic illness. She was an author, social critic, teacher, and prophetic voice. Whenever I read her writings, of which there are many, I...

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Truth on the Scaffold and The Big Lie

What is Truth? This past Sunday (November 21) was Christ the King Sunday in the Christian liturgical calendar. Christ the King is the last Sunday before the beginning of Advent, the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, and the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The...

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My Prayer for Kyle Rittenhouse

I am praying for Kyle Rittenhouse. Like many people, I followed the trial of this 18-year-old man who traveled from his home in Illinois armed with an AR-15 and medic’s kit, ostensibly to help stores from being damaged by potential rioting. But instead, he got...

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Morality, Ethics and the Big Lie

In his collection of meditations, Deep is the Hunger, Howard Thurman asks this question: “Is this a world with moral meaning at the center?”  He goes on to say that this is not a question that can be answered with empirical research or an accumulation of data....

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Countering “The Big Lie”

When apparent stability disintegrates, as it must — God is Change — People tend to give in to fear and depression, To need and greed. When no influence is strong enough to unify people they divide. They struggle, One against one, Group against group, For survival,...

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What Do We Say About Afghanistan and Haiti

Over this past weekend I was stunned and horrified as I watched the reports from Afghanistan and Haiti. I suspect many of you were as well. What are we to do and learn from these tragedies? Afghanistan In the case of Afghanistan we saw frantic and terrified Afghans...

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