SECULAR CROSS?

May 3rd, 2010 COMMENTARY Edward

The following piece by Prof. Martin Marty, one of my heroes of theology and social ethics is, I think, well worth sharing (and I share it with expressed permission).  It refers to the Supreme Court decision that a huge cross in the Mohave Desert can stay as it stands because, in the view of the majority of the court, it is accepted as a “secular…

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE COFFEE

Mar 27th, 2010 MUSINGS, Uncategorized Edward

My birthday. 73rd. Not a significant number. The folks at the coffee shop I frequent gave me a cupcake but they didn’t have any candles. No charge for the cupcake, though. The place has become a second home of sorts. Recently, I had a serious sugar crash while I was there. Couldn’t even get up from the table. I signaled the manager who kept the…

THAT YOU, ALAN?

Mar 20th, 2010 IN THE NATURE OF MEMOIR Edward

My aunt Edna and uncle George and two cousins, Alan and Norma, lived in Nuneaton, England, close by Sherwood Forest. My parents and I visited frequently. I spent a couple of weeks there in the summers. I can remember us, as toddlers, all three in the kitchen sink being bathed by my aunt. When we got older we would be taken to Sherwood Forest where,…

GET ME TO THE CHURCH

Feb 22nd, 2010 COMMENTARY Edward

GET ME TO THE CHURCH (Gilmer County Times Courier 3/4/2010 You many have noticed that getting people to Services and church activities has become more and more difficult in the past few years. In the U.S., with the exception of some African American and Evangelical congregations, most Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations are in some level of decline (In Chicago, RC attendance has dropped by…

PLAYING WITH THE ITALIANS

Feb 12th, 2010 SERMONS Edward

My father was furious when he heard that I had been playing with the Italians. That’s the first thing I remembered. On the last day of a conference, I attended a workshop that sounded harmless enough.  It had to do with what one person could do to help create a sustainable environment. To my horror, the leaders started right in by asking us to hold…

MARRIAGE

Feb 8th, 2010 QUOTES Edward

“Beneath the surface of many romances that evolve into partnerships, there is a depth not visible to outside observers.  Elsa and Albert Einstein liked each other, understood each other, and perhaps most important…were amused by each other.  So even if it was not the stuff of poetry, the bond between them was the a solid one.  It was forged by satisfying each other’s desires and…