Saturday, January 31, 2009
After writing this article over the summer, I was asked to speak with the North Attleboro High School Gay-Straight Alliance.
I met with them on Tuesday, and cannot give enough thanks for the invite. They're an amazing group of teens that have been through a lot. The spiritual dimension of their struggles once again reminds me of how far the church has to go in having these conversations.
Monday, January 19, 2009
On the eve of the first African American president being sworn into office, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet reflects on the personal politics of skin color.
My first poetry paper in college was on Komunyakaa's "Facing It."
Enjoy more of his compelling words.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
While we're on Colbert, I meant to post this segment with Peter Gomes back in September. Gomes is the senior minister at Harvard's Memorial Church and a prof at HDS.
He also happens to be one of the few people I've ever seen leave Colbert speechless. I'm a little speechless that our preaching professor talked about the missionary position on national television, but here ya go.
It's as if Colbert just sat through four months of Hebrew Bible with Michael Coogan. Our class turned in our final papers yesterday (complete with much mention of Yahweh), so this segment is particularly timely.
The Golden Calf is my favorite.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
This quote likely was and is taken out of context, so forgive me David Landry, but here's your statement.
"It's more costly for youth in the Northeast to have a teen birth than for youth in the South, in terms of opportunities they'll miss," he said.
This quote came from a Newsweek.com article, "Mississippi Has Highest Teen Birthrate, says CDC."
Mississippi has surged passed New Mexico and Texas in teen births. Statistically, New England has the lowest teen birthrate.
And apparently, according to David Landry of the Guttmacher Institute (which is in NY, by the way), it's more of a tragedy for a Northeast teen to get knocked up than a Southern one. I mean, Southerners don't really have opportunities anyway, so what's one little unplanned pregnancy. Hopefully, my sarcasm is evident.
This may just be part of my strange resurgence of Southern pride (of which I was previously ambivalent and shy) while a sojourner in Boston. I confess my increasing antagonism toward Northeast elitism while I reside among Northeast elitists.