Category Archives: Commentary

Reassessing the divine art of communication

Good communications, the pivotal point of world order, is contingent upon the divine communication of all related parts as all creatures of nature have their unique mode of communication. In nature all forms of fish, fowl, animals and insects enjoy such divine communication. Mankind, however, being the crowning touch of all creation in intellect and genius, is alone also endowed with “the dangerous weapon of free will,” ultimately posing the biggest threat whether through deliberate or unintentional miscommunication, diverse interpretation and subsequent selfishness and greed. Continue reading Reassessing the divine art of communication

A ‘New Thing’ for the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference of the UCC

by Edith Guffey, UCC conference minister

Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? (Isaiah 43:19)

Those who know me know I am generally not the person who goes around quoting scripture! But God doing a new thing is an apt image as I think of the recent actions of the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference Council regarding the conference office building. At the recommendation of the Finance and Asset Commission, the Conference Council voted unanimously to give the conference office to Pilgrim Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Wichita, Kan., to support their continuing ministry in the community. Give the building away, why? Here’s the background: Continue reading A ‘New Thing’ for the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference of the UCC

Arrogance of being President while being Black

by Freddy J. Angstmann

I don’t think anyone was under some real illusion that the election of Barack Obama actually means the end of racism in America.  I’m pretty sure that the president-elect knew it better than anyone.  After all, he saw it every day from the moment he announced his candidacy.  To some degree, he saw it within his own party during the primaries.  And he saw it in all ugliness during the general election.  For half of this country, he was “That One” No matter how big and clear his victory was, no matter how smart he is, no matter how decent he is, no matter what a true patriot he is.  No matter how optimistic and positive his vision for America, all that didn’t matter, because at the end of the day he was still black. Continue reading Arrogance of being President while being Black

People, power and pollution revisited

Oddly enough, following last weeks “alphabetical editorial” on some life-altering H’s, I accidentally (and not by design) find myself again this week dealing with some “Pertinent P’s” as Power, People and Pollution.

Among the most threatening cries of the militant movements of the 60’s was the slogan, “Power to the People!” Of grave concern by many then (as now), especially by those wielding it, was and remains the fear that such power might be abused–Oh really? Continue reading People, power and pollution revisited

As court denies stay of injunction, UCC continues commitment to immigrant justice

Witness.Justice.Jaramillo.webThe United Church of Christ has long supported efforts for commonsense immigration reform that would treat our immigrant brothers and sisters with the equality and dignity they deserve. After leadership in the House of Representatives failed to act in 2013, our clergy and lay leaders joined immigrants to call on President Obama to stop the deportations. Many UCC pastors were even part of a civil disobedience action in front of the White House. We were proud to be a part of such a historic victory last November when the President announced his executive actions on immigration that would provide relief from deportation for an estimated 5 million undocumented people. Continue reading As court denies stay of injunction, UCC continues commitment to immigrant justice

The foundation of spiritual education

Periodically over the past 44 years of my editing of The Roanoke Tribune, I have done a series of alphabetical editorials. I’m reminded of such as I continue to wrestle with three “life-altering H’s” at different stages of my longevity during the most historic and strategic of times- in this comparatively new nation in particular. The three, Hurt, Hate and Healing, occur apparently in that order and remain primarily oblivious until permanent damage has been done. Continue reading The foundation of spiritual education