King’s Nonviolent Resistance Was Way of Life

King’s Nonviolent Resistance Was Way of Life

Nonviolent resistance was not a method but a way of life for Martin Luther King Jr. It was rooted in his Christian faith and his belief that racism and other forms of injustice were collective or institutional sins that were destroying society and preventing the...
Pope: ‘Culture of Care’ is Path to Peace

Pope: ‘Culture of Care’ is Path to Peace

A “culture of care” must be adopted in order to create a pathway to peace, Pope Francis emphasized in his message for the 2021 World Day of Peace. Observed each year on Jan. 1, the pontiff’s message for this annual observance was released in early December. It urges...
America, We Still Do Not Know

America, We Still Do Not Know

We still do not have a clear answer to the question, “America, who are we?” At the time of this writing, I do not know the winner of the presidential election or the final outcome regarding control of the U.S. Congress. For the purpose of this column, it...
Plan to Get Punched in the Mouth

Plan to Get Punched in the Mouth

When I see and hear pleas for justice, dignity or even mere recognition rising up against long odds, I empathize with the range of emotions that have broken through the surface tension of years past into a rolling boil. As a matter of personality, I tend toward anger,...
When Nonviolent Protest Worked

When Nonviolent Protest Worked

East Berlin in the late 1980s faced a difficult time of Communist rule. I was living in West Berlin at the time, and my focus was on Baptist work and collaboration in East Europe. Christians and churches were not favored. To be a declared believer or member of a...