Category Archives: Commentary

The divine art of “Thanksliving”

This week all across the nation native and foreign born Americans of every race and religion, of every culture, creed or national origin, will pause at least for one day to offer thanks to whatever “powers that be” for the blessings that are ours–compared to those less fortunate regardless of one’s condition, there can always be found those less and more fortunate. Continue reading The divine art of “Thanksliving”

Sweet Potato Pie

Yes, this piece is about sweet potato pie, that wonderful dessert.

What provoked me were the season and the resurrection of a newspaper article in the Washington Post from a few years ago. In addition to discussing the history of the sweet potato, the African American author of the article discussed the sweet potato pie as an African American tradition. Continue reading Sweet Potato Pie

Before Birth: What Matters?

by Elizabeth Dilley,
Minister and Team Leader for the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA)

This year, my child is exploring ways to improve health outcomes for premature babies as part of research into her Exhibition, a capstone research project of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme at her school. Here are just a few of the things she has learned (in my words): Continue reading Before Birth: What Matters?

Honoring Sherrilyn Ifill

Sherrilyn Ifill, the wonderful President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), just announced she will step down from LDF next spring. As the head of the nation’s premier civil rights legal organization fighting for equal justice under the law, she has been an extraordinary voice in the struggle for racial justice and equality. Sherrilyn Ifill is a nationally recognized expert on voting rights and judicial selection and a scholar, teacher, author, and pioneer in so many areas, and she embodies the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences combined with an extraordinary intellect. Ifill has said when she was a child, Congresswomen Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan were her role models because she admired their moral power and the way they “commanded a room with just the force of their voices”: “Because of them, I knew I wanted to speak truth to power. And they let me know that it was possible for an ordinary Black woman to do it.” That is precisely what she has done at LDF. Continue reading Honoring Sherrilyn Ifill

Learning to appreciate tests…

Life on this earthly plane entails continuous tests and struggles, not only against the forces without but especially against those from within. One small 3-letter word, ego (edging God out), is the cause of most of the world’s biggest problems on an ever increasing scale.

It has been said, “The ego is the animal within us, the heritage of the flesh which is full of selfish desires.” Only through obedience to spiritual laws and continuous struggle, through prayer and the “dynamic force of example” can we ever hope to achieve control, if not mastery over this tiny destroyer of men and nations. Continue reading Learning to appreciate tests…