By Marilyn SewellWe faith leaders had to acknowledge our ignorance about the lives of millions of people in the white working class. We had to confront our self-righteousness, our arrogance. It appears that our compassion needs a bigger umbrella. We have blamed them for their failure instead of seeing them as casualties of a changing culture.
By Marilyn SewellMy husband and I went on a long-planned trip to lovely Charleston, South Carolina, last October—as it turned out, just as the city’s most recent flood was subsiding. The local paper (The Post and Courier) reported one of highest tides on record, swamping cars, creeping into homes, and tangling traffic. Hundreds of people who live near the edge of the water in this tourist area couldn’t get to work. I chatted with the wait staff in restaurants as I sought out the shrimp po-boys, the collard greens, the fried chicken I love: Are you concerned about global warming? Typically, the answer was “No, flooding is a regular occurrence, we are used to it.”
By Marilyn Sewell Photo credit: Flickr user Twelvizm This blog post appeared originally in The Huffington Post. On July 30, the whole world watched as thirteen Greenpeace activists dangled from ropes tied to the St. John's bridge in Portland, Ore.,...
By Marilyn Sewell This blog originally appeared in The Huffington Post. I don't know about you, but I'm already missing AMC's "Mad Men": nevermore will I see Joan's clothes and fulsome figure striding into the office; Peggy's terrible design sense...
Every single one of us has power. I believe this trajectory is our best hope.
Rev. Marilyn Sewell interviewed Christopher Hitchens less than a year ago. Upon his death, she reflects on the surprisingly religious aspects of his personality.
The second part of our author roundtable on the ethical and religious issues raised by the death of an enemy.
Rev. Marilyn Sewell reflects on her memories of the season.
Today's post is from Marilyn Sewell, Minister Emerita at the First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon. Sewell is the author of Breaking Free: Women of Spirit at Mid-Life and Beyond and Resurrecting Grace: Remembering Catholic Childhood, and the editor of...
Alan Greenspan's faith has been shaken, but will he apologize for his sins? Marilyn Sewell examines how blind allegiance to abstract economic theory can lead to harmful rationalizations.