Yearly Archives: 2016


I’m headed to Standing Rock

The journey (almost) begins. I’ll head out to North Dakota at the end of this week. Those of you who know me will not be surprised to know I’m driving rather than flying. A LOT of equipment is evidently necessary if you’re going to be camping out in North Dakota for a couple of weeks. A LOT. I’m excited about this venture. I’ve been in touch with my own (Choctaw) Tribal Council and with the folks out at Standing Rock. I’m eager, of course, to see and experience the camps and the activity of the Water Protectors. But even more, I’m […]

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Water Is Life — Dreaming toward Standing Rock 1

Water is life. Several folks responded to a recent Facebook Post of mine, expressing a desire to support me in going to Standing Rock. So I’m taking a “leap of faith” and heading west. But I’m going to need your help. See the “How to Donate” at the bottom of this post! And also HERE. I hope to spend 2-3 weeks living in the Sacred Stone camp (near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation), among the people whose heritage I share, representing all of you who stand with them through me. As Stone Camp founder LaDonna Allard said, “We stand with prayer. When […]

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Ah, Beauty! 1

The Beloved Community: Here and Now Last night a group of us were gathered at the Antioch Institute discussing the Beloved Community. Our goal was to think about how and where we see the Beloved Community here and now. So, we posed the questions, “What are some of the key characteristics of Beloved Community? What are some visible signs that we are in the presence of Beloved Community?” The group led itself in an energetic conversation, reaching into their own this-life experience: “It’s humanity.” “When someone says, ‘I see you.’” “There’s Hope in the Beloved Community.” “Equity.” And on and […]

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Starting with (my) WHY? 3

Have you heard of the Golden Circle? Simon Sinek described what he called “The Golden Circle” in a TED Talk on marketing and his subsequent book with the title: “Start with Why”.  It’s a simple insight, and certainly not new (as Sinek himself admits). See at the end of this post for a video of Sinek’s TED talk. Yes, I know it’s blue in the graphic below. Next time I’ll make it golden. 🙂     WHAT? Most people, Sinek says, start with the WHAT of a project or task or life vocation. What are we making or doing? The WHAT […]

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Critical Thinking Begins at Home 1

“Critical Thinking” is a desideratum. As is “Diversity.” As is “Community.” I learned long ago that the terms by which an institution defines itself publicly, when interrogated honestly, reveal exactly what the institution is not. Often the terms don’t even describe the true desire or goal of the institution. Beware of the institution of higher learning that claims Teaching as a high priority. Look at the budget. It’s not where the money goes. It’s not where excellence is recognized. It’s not how professors are critically assessed or professionally nurtured. Often the parents’ or students’ or CFO’s pleasure is the defining […]

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Periscoping Pericopes

Last spring Twitter came out with a new app called “Periscope.” If I believed in the fates, I’d suggest that this new application was built just for me. I have begun Periscoping Pericopes on Monday afternoons. Every Monday afternoon—at least for the next four months—I’ll be Periscoping a Pericope. Here’s what that’s about: What’s a Pericope? I’ve been teaching Biblical Studies professionally here and there for, gasp!, almost 35 years now. One of the things we “professional” Bible people talk about is pericopes. That’s fancy-talk for “Bible passage.” (This is how you know someone is a professional: They use fancy-talk […]

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