Category Archives: Commentary

“Keep Hope Alive . . .”

…a slogan associated primarily with Jesse Jackson, is one that doesn’t seem to get any easier with time, especially as society (and people) age, formulating its base. Couple this with the ceaseless agitation and constant deliberate words and actions of those at home and abroad who stop at nothing in their persistence in “keeping hate alive!

Whether by accident or by well-calculated design, more people of goodwill are breaking under the pressures and constant instigation of rage, brutality and other societal infrastructure that tends to push one “over the proverbial edge.” Continue reading “Keep Hope Alive . . .”

Paying to Live

While Republicans plot to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and while some Democrats try to find ways to keep funding health insurance companies and preserving the high cost of prescription drugs, people are dying because they do not have health insurance.

Researchers have estimated that Americans without health insurance are 40 percent more likely to die than those with it. A Harvard study estimated that lack of health insurance in 2005 resulted in 45,000 deaths of Americans age 18-64. Continue reading Paying to Live

The No Ban Act

by Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer,
General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ

I made a visit to Senator Portman’s office recently. It was an opportunity to ask him to support HR 2214, known as the No Ban Act. With me on the visit were Peter Makari, Area Coordinator for our mission partners in Europe and the Middle East, and Karen Georgia Thompson, Associate General Minister of the United Church of Christ. Also joining us were three members of the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). One of the three was Siti, a law clerk who works in their offices. Continue reading The No Ban Act

Emancipation from “The Prison of Self” . . .

“None of us is as smart as all of us,” reads the caption of a photo of one Little League football team. Neither is any one of us as strong as all of us.

I will ever vividly recall the story of one father while standing beside a huge rock looked down and told his son to pick it up. The young man worked tenaciously at the task before finally giving up. Continue reading Emancipation from “The Prison of Self” . . .

Trump and McConnell – Russian Assets?

Malcolm Nance and other security experts have taught us a new word from the world of spying, “asset.”

As I understand it, spies or agents of one country try to connect professionally or socially with a person from another country to get them to do things in the interest of the spying country. When they succeed, the object person is called an “asset.” They are an asset, whether they act knowingly or unknowingly. Continue reading Trump and McConnell – Russian Assets?

Not a Place for Guns

by Roberto Ochoa,
Program Associate for Congregations of Color

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil.” (Psalm 23:4, NASB)

The tragedy of the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting in an elementary school in Connecticut occurred during my first year as a local church pastor in New England. The Sunday following the shootings was Gaudete (Joy) Sunday in the Advent calendar, and though we lit the Advent candles, I decided to do away with my prepared sermon and read the 23rd Psalm and opened up the floor for the congregation to share their feelings about what happened in Sandy Hook. Continue reading Not a Place for Guns