When Integrity Leaves the Public Square

When Integrity Leaves the Public Square

Chaos is swirling about in our public life. Its troubling effects seem to be touching many dimensions of our communal life: education, religion, personal relationships and our capacity to maintain community. This is one of the many challenges that face us in this...
Pessimism Reigns Over US Moral Values

Pessimism Reigns Over US Moral Values

Nearly half (47%) of U.S. adults believe the state of moral values in the nation is currently poor, with a majority (67%) expressing the sense that the country’s moral values are getting worse, according to a Gallup report published June 16. Neither figure is an...
Why You Should Consider ‘Harvesting Life’

Why You Should Consider ‘Harvesting Life’

“Harvesting life” should be a focal point for us as we age, said retired pastor and bioethicist Bert Keller. “Harvesting a life means remembering, cherishing and telling the stories of one’s lifetime,” Keller explained. “Harvesting means accepting the role of elder in...
Films Unite Students Around Common Values

Films Unite Students Around Common Values

The end of a semester is always movie time for my high school social studies classes. Once the last test or final exam has been given, this is one way of giving the students a “break” while still having them think and learn by thoughtfully selecting the films....
Sunday School Values Comin’ Down

Sunday School Values Comin’ Down

In 1990, Robert Fulghum wrote All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. He listed the basic values of sharing, playing fair, apologizing and fully embracing the Golden Rule. Fulghum added the value of “warm cookies and cold milk” and reminded readers that...