“…writing and revision are the paired beats of a scholar’s life.”

–William Germano

“…the lower our environmental footprint, the greater our capacity to do good in other areas.”

–Charlie Bresler, Executive Director of The Life You Can Save

“When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love. Where evil men would seek to perpetuate unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice.”

–Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We cannot ignore religion and theology and understand our world.”

–Harvey Cox, my former professor

“Theology by its very nature is, or should be, troublesome. If theology is doing its job applying the teachings of the prophets—from Jeremiah to Jesus to current issues—it will inevitably vex the guardians of the status quo. It is part of theology’s job description.”

–Harvey Cox, my former professor

“Elusive God, companion on the way, you walk behind, beside, beyond; you catch us unawares. Break through the disillusionment and despair clouding our vision, that with wide-eyed wonder, we may find our way and journey on as messengers of your good news.”

–Anglican Prayer, Third Sunday of Easter

“As people of faith in something greater than ourselves, or as people who want to live meaningful lives with purpose, how do we propose to live? And what difference are we going to make?”

–David Hempton

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

–Mark Twain

“…we are all shareholders in a system of slavery found in numerous global supply chains. We must ask ourselves how much longer we will look the other way while millions toil in slave-like conditions to provide us with the goods and services we consume.”

–Siddarth Kara

“But I would like to suggest that all of us, we and you alike, commit ourselves to retaining that split-screen world in which we hold our plans–our personal plans, our dreams, our abundant energies–always and in juxtaposition with the images that disturb us and call us to everyday responsibility.”

–Diana Eck

“Christianity is a complex confection…Its own members can be uncertain of its purpose, forgetful of its past, and confused about its present.”

–Phillip Kennedy (“Christianity: An Introduction,” p.X)