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“Is this ever going to end?”

Recently actor Will Smith conducted a video interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, our nation’s leading expert on the White House Coronavirus Task Force and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in which Dr. Fauci answered several questions from children and teenagers. Dr. Fauci explained what COVID-19 stands for, what coronaviruses are, and what makes this one different and dangerous. Continue reading “Is this ever going to end?”

Volunteerism and Individualism

The coronavirus pandemic is highlighting two primary American values—volunteerism and individualism.

In the 1830’s French political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville toured the United States and wrote the famous book, Democracy in America. One of his observations was the tendency of Americans to form volunteer associations to accomplish community and societal goals, a practice he thought important for a democratic society. Continue reading Volunteerism and Individualism

Race and COVID-19

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General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ

When the pandemic started escalating in the U.S., I thought without thinking of it through the lens of my privilege. When someone wrote to me and asked why we hadn’t commented on the racism inherent in the spread of the virus, my first thought – I am embarrassed to say and yet readily admit – was, “Why would we do that? Viruses don’t discriminate.” Continue reading Race and COVID-19

Child well-being before corporate welfare

On April 23 the U.S. House of Representatives approved Congress’s latest COVID-19 relief package by a 388-5 vote. Among other things it provides more money for small businesses, hospitals, and testing. In her remarks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: “We come to the Floor with such heartache, with such sorrow about those who have lost their lives and their loved ones, those who are suffering from the virus’s assault now, and for those who are in doubt about their economic situation. Continue reading Child well-being before corporate welfare

Extensions. . .

Clifton B. Whitworth, Jr.,
Associate Editor

As we walk down the road of life, beset by all of the ills of our socalled “rat-race,” we wonder what one should do in the face of greed, confusion, rotten politics and the many negative aspects found in our society. In our present civilization one now has to make some changes within. Bolstered by belief in a great Essence, a Divine Creator, one can extend the length of His arms so that all can be cradled therein; Arms that circle the world and its multi-millions; Arms that are soft and warm as young lovers on a moonlit night; Arms that shelter the poor, the friendless, the disadvantaged. Continue reading Extensions. . .