Resilience in Community

This is the sermon I preached yesterday at the joint service of MCC of the Redwood Empire and Reflection MCC. In our society, the violence of oppression is often hidden from sight. But it is still all too real, as evidenced by the 37 trans people...

2020 is a Doosey

As you might or might not have noticed, I've hardly blogged this year. I did one blog post in early April, and this blog has been silent since. Not that nothing has happened! Right at this moment, I'm waiting for a Zoom call to start, and looking...

Slow Motion Collective Trauma

It's been a rough couple of decades... I mean months. I've been struggling for weeks on what I want to write about this pandemic, and I'm not even sure that I have anything specifically cogent to say, which seems, in some ways, unlike me. But...

This decade...

In 2010, "I" was living in West Oakland, in a collective house, working full-time as a partner of a small technology biz. "I" was the moderator of First Congregational Church of Oakland. I know it's strange to see "I" in quotes, but this decade...

A Memoir

I turned 60 this year, which I knew felt like a big milestone. At the same time, it also felt not such a big deal. But as I live into that year mark, I can see that I actually feel into this year mark, things have come to light. I …

Review of the Movie "Harriet"

Although I consider myself a student of history, I'd say I'm probably not a super great student of Black history. When I think about what I actually knew about Harriet Tubman before I went to see the bio-pic released this year, it could be summed...

Gratitude

Thanksgiving, as a United States holiday, has all sorts of complex and unfortunate historical baggage. And for many, it has unfortunate family baggage as well. But today, I just want to focus on gratitude. I've been on a social media and news...

Yes, This is Really All About Race

If you are a progressive Twitter user, you probably have been alerted to the open warfare between Amy Siskind and her (largely white) allies, and Imani Gandy (known as @AngryBlackLady on Twitter,) and her allies. It all started with the tweet...

The End of Civility

The philosopher Karl Popper is famous for a lot of things, but one of the things he is famous for is the "Paradox of Intolerance." The paradox is that if a society is tolerant of intolerance, the intolerant will eventually destroy the tolerant...

Straight Male Privilege is a Trip

So just first, to get this out of the way: I do not identify as straight. I identify currently as pansexual (that's a story for another blog entry,) and I am queer, and will always be queer, even if at any one moment (like this one) my romantic...