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In Prison And Outside, He Found His ‘Iota Of Light’: A Mentor Named Fred

Friday, December 2, 2016

Robert Sanchez first met Fred Davie in 1998, in a small, windowless room at Sing Sing Prison. Sanchez was there serving 15 years on a drug conviction; Davie was a Presbyterian minister, who was teaching there in a theology master’s program. Read the full story here, and listen to Robert Sanches and Rev. Fred Davie

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Interfaith Appeal for Justice at Standing Rock

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500 November 11, 2016 Dear Mr. President, As faith leaders from across the nation, we write to you with a sense of urgency regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the opposition to it led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We believe that you are

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: A Prominent Scholar-Activist Trades Law for the Seminary

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Prominent Scholar-Activist Trades Law for the Seminary By Alexander C. Kafka When Michelle Alexander’s white Lutheran mother, Sandra, and black Methodist father, John, wanted to get married in Chicago in 1965, neither of their churches wanted to perform the service. A Methodist pastor did reluctantly preside over the ceremony. Still, Sandra felt betrayed. “She

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The Brian Lehrer Show: America Needs a New Theology

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Michelle Alexander, a visiting professor at the Union Theological Seminary, civil rights advocate and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2012), and Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, discuss the need for a new common narrative about

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How to Heal the Spiritual Pain of America: We need a new common narrative about who we are as a country

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Over the past year, streams of commentaries have analyzed the ferocious and alarming combat marking this year’s presidential campaign. Few among them, however, include wide-ranging spiritual or theological accounts of what is transpiring. From where I sit, as a religious and spiritual leader, I see it as the manifestation of a profound spiritual crisis in

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