What a Day It Would Be If We Did It

What a Day It Would Be If We Did It

What a day! The United Nations calls March 21 the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. I wish there were more days like it, instead of days that celebrate colonizers, oppressors, murderers, traitors and such. I wish that these days would...
Walter Rauschenbusch’s Concern for Justice

Walter Rauschenbusch’s Concern for Justice

Observation of human suffering aroused Walter Rauschenbusch’s (1861–1918) deep concern for justice in American society. Justice became central to his understanding of Christianity. Nurtured in a middle-class professor’s home in the prosperous community of Rochester,...
The Azan Is a Call to Both Prayer and Justice

The Azan Is a Call to Both Prayer and Justice

The Azan, the call to prayer, is heard five times a day in the Muslim world. The person calling out faces each direction, north, south, east and west, declaring the supremacy of God Almighty. The story of the Azan still brings chills to my spine, for it began with a...
Holiness Code Envisions Communal Justice

Holiness Code Envisions Communal Justice

How does one really live a holy life? That significant question is raised in Leviticus 19, known as “the Holiness Code.” The rabbis describe this chapter of the Pentateuch as “Rov Goofay Hatorah,” the essentials of the Torah. In many ways, this portion...