Healing Over Vengeance

This past week the January 6 Special Committee held their final public hearing in their investigation into the insurrection on January 6, 2021. I did not hold the highest hopes when they began the series of hearings as I felt that the public had moved on; that the nation no longer had interest. However, after […]

Indigenous Peoples Day

The staff of the Festival Center are off today though not to celebrate Christopher Columbus, but rather, to remember and center indigenous people. Though far too many on the far right would love to point to us as too easily influenced by “cancel culture,” I would like to point out that we are actually not […]

In God’s Image

Watching the horrendous impacts of Hurricane Ian reminds us all of the role the continuing warming of our climate can have in transforming hurricanes coming out of the Gulf of Mexico into supercharger hurricanes. The warm waters of the Gulf make notable hurricanes into super-destroyers, which is what Ian was to the western coast of […]

My Journey Out of Evangelicalism

In a couple of recent interviews with leading evangelicals, Philip Yancey and Jim Wallis both stated unequivocally that regardless of how negative or harmful the religious categorization of “evangelical” has become, they would not give up identifying themselves as such. Yancey and Wallis certainly have the right to identify themselves however they choose after years […]

The Call to Repair Democracy

Since early August we have held our first in-person class in several years. It ended just last week. The class was called, How We Got Here: Straight Talk on Democracy, and it was led by Dr. David Hilfiker, a long-time leader and teacher at the Servant Leadership School, the forerunner of the School for Liberation. […]

Highland Park Strong

Last week my wife, Marti, and I were invited to spend a couple of days with some new friends who live north of Chicago. Our hosts, Randy and Linda, showed us incredible hospitality. It was a memorable trip for so many reasons (even though the Cubs lost). But the thing I will always remember about […]

Remembering a Life Well Lived

I first read Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider in the early 90s and it literally changed my life. I had grown up entrenched in conservative evangelicalism, but yet, when I read Scripture, Scripture seemed filled with stories of God’s passionate and preferential love for the poor and marginalized; not a […]