Lessons from Water Crises in Philly and Beyond

The Delaware River A week ago, the news broke that industrial chemicals had spilled into a tributary of the Delaware River, possibly contaminating Philadelphia’s drinking water. Following the announcement, there was a rush on bottled water, a less publicized rush of people checking on their neighbors, and constantly changing updates from the city, [...]

2023-04-03T12:51:40+00:00April 2nd, 2023|Activism, Climate Change, Racism|

Where do we go from here? MLK Day 2021

So much has happened since I took this photo four years ago, when I attended the women's march with my daughter and a friend from college. It was the day after Trump's inauguration, and our bodies were packed so tightly we could hardly move. The incredible turnout was a show of strength from those with a more loving vision [...]

2021-01-18T15:59:20+00:00January 18th, 2021|Activism, Nonviolent Direct Action, Racism|

Navigating Fear in Scary Times

I’ve been thinking a lot about courage, especially the fact that we need more of it these days. I’ve been paying attention to what makes me feel scared and what makes me feel brave, and trying to do more of the later. As I mentioned in my last blog post, community is key for me. [...]

2019-06-04T17:51:05+00:00June 4th, 2019|Nonviolent Direct Action, Racism|

Spirituality for Troubled Times

  After the violence in Charlottesville, an African American friend of mine posted on Facebook that she’d had it with “spiritual white people.” I knew what she meant. As a white woman who has taught classes on spiritual discernment, racism, and social change strategy, I’d been thinking a lot about how to cultivate a spiritual [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:33+00:00September 5th, 2017|Climate Change, Nonviolent Direct Action, Racism, Spirituality|


I'll be speaking this Saturday at a gathering on Climate, Race, and Justice. I find that talk has been rewriting itself over and over in my mind, even though I was supposed to be working on something else today, an article to accompany my book publication in less than two weeks. The intersection between Climate, [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:33+00:00February 19th, 2015|Climate Change, Racism|

Katrina, Five Years Later

When I first started to write The Wisdom to Know the Difference, Hurricane Katrina was still fresh in my mind. Though the following outtake didn't make it into the book, this seems like a good week to remember some of the lessons from that sad chapter in US history: Blaming human caused misfortunes on God [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:46+00:00August 26th, 2010|Climate Change, Racism, Writing|

Poverty Continued…

Wallis' point about many of us not living with the poor was illustrated one night several years ago by my perceptive daughter. We were celebrating Lent, the forty days before Easter, when many Christians fast or give up some comfort, while trying to practice a heightened concern for the poor. We had decided to eat [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:47+00:00July 23rd, 2010|Racism|

Daring Books

I have two brand new books to plug. The first is Who's Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers As the press release describes, it is a book of “Narratives by a racially and economically diverse group of women, who broaden the traditional notion of motherhood in the United States by discussing their [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:54+00:00March 26th, 2009|Racism, Writing|

Fit for Freedom

When I was in my twenties, looking for a spiritual home, one of the things that attracted me to the Religious Society of Friends was its history of peace and social justice work. Quakers advocated the abolition of slavery, worked on the Underground Railroad, and supported women’s right to vote. Coming from secular activists circles, [...]

2015-03-12T14:04:44+00:00February 14th, 2009|Racism, Spirituality, Writing|
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