Public Passion for the Reign of God

Two years ago I was being interviewed on the set of a TV station in Springfield, Massachusetts about the proposed new gun laws that were going before the legislature in our commonwealth. The young reporter asked me if any of those laws stood out for me. I said, “There...

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence invites us to ‘Ask’

Forty years ago I was a middle school teacher in a rural regional school district in Western Massachusetts. Many of my students came from families in which hunting and sport shooting were part of normal family life. In season, for some of these families, game was an...

Good Friday

About 200 of us from about a dozen churches spent much of Good Friday on the streets of Jersey City. We honored Jesus by observing the fourteen Stations of the Cross; and we also honored fourteen Jersey City residents whose lives were either taken or dramatically...

A Letter to Iowa State Senators

The following is a letter to Iowa state senators from Bishop Alan Scarfe, Episcopal Diocese of Iowa and Bishop Julius C. Trimble, Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church 14 March, 2015 Dear Senators, We are writing to express concern about elements of...

It’s how you ask the question!

On December 10, 2014, just before the second anniversary of the horrific shootings at Newtown Elementary School, Pew Research Center released the results of its most recent survey of gun attitudes in the United States. The Pew headline read “Growing Public Support for...

The Cost of Gun Violence

So much has eloquently been written, here and elsewhere, about the ripple effect of gun violence and its human cost. We can intuit this reality, although we often do not make the true connection and experience the deepest sort of grief about it until it comes directly...