Keith Tyler, trustee at Simmons College of Kentucky, discusses the impact of younger generations on combatting racism.
For weeks, we have been hearing the songs of Christmas. And, yes, they do begin earlier every year! Whether it’s “Joy to the World, ” “Frosty the Snowman,” or “Grandma Got Run over by a Raindeer,” the packagers of motivational music care little about meaning, so long as the bottom line is–well, the bottom line. […]Read More
Antiochus IV became king of the Seleucid empire centered in Syria during the second century BC. He imposed Hellenistic culture on Judea and transformed worship at the temple in Jerusalem, wrote Michael Lerner of Tikkun magazine. Many Jews, however, resented the imposition. “The essence of their now-banned religion was its insistence that there was a […]Read More
“Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture,” according to Kwanzaa’s official Web site. “Celebrated from 26 December thru 1 January, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name.” The name “Kwanzaa” comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which […]Read More
I’m less interested in how the Grinch stole Christmas than in why the Grinch stole Christmas. The former seems to be about logistics, the latter about motive and spirit. Director Ron Howard’s film version of Dr. Seuss’ classic tale devotes as much time to why as it does to how. The film explores the question […]Read More
Social ethicist and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr warned us in the mid-20th century that a “free market” economy leads ultimately to monopolies controlled by corporate lords, not to some Adam Smith utopia. A truly free market is too risky. Monopolies ensure large profits for some and feed human avarice. Niebuhr claimed that despite corporate America’s cries […]Read More