I was leading a meeting with all of the vice presidents of our seminary, but I could think about only one thing — my teenagers. My wife and I had been up late the previous night having the “these are our values talk” with one of them. Again.
Not a country for beginners, as composer Antônio Carlos Jobim famously said, Brazil often does what is least expected. It did the unexpected in the World Cup — twice.
With the recent FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has been the focus of much media attention.
We spend time every season talking about the creation of art. Writers discuss their craft and the role of the muse; the compelling line created by character in context.
What made Silicon Valley happen? As a historian of the region, I am often asked this question, and I thought I would use this space to begin to answer it.
I am often asked, is the West red or blue? Republican or Democrat? The answer is neither. Even as the rest of the nation aligns by region into red, Republican South and blue, Democratic North, western states continue their maverick ways, switching from one color to the other.
When I received the invitation to participate in Chautauqua’s focus on the American West, I anticipated speaking about the demands that climate change has placed on local, regional, state and federal actors across the West to overcome barriers to the integrated management of water and energy.
What does the frontier mean for America? We have been told for generations that understanding it is fundamental for coming to terms with white American identity. It helped foster certain sensibilities that can explain individualism, relations to the state, and understandings of other groups.
What do you say to a friend who tells you that your job loss is part of God’s special plan for your life? Or, if it is stage three cervical cancer that is causing you to lie awake worrying at night, how do you respond to that well-intentioned soul who wants you to believe that God has a reason for everything?
When I started to think about the theme for this week at Chautauqua — privacy — I kept bumping into a couple issues which claimed priority. Before you can talk about “privacy” you have to have some understanding of not only freedom, but also of what manner of creature a human being is. I thought of the cartoon — a flashing highway sign with the message, “Welcome to Las Vegas! A faith-based community!” It expresses the fact that we all live in some sort of “faith” community, which makes assumptions about what the human enterprise is about.