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Open Letter to Boy Scouts of America in Response to President Trump’s Jamboree Appearance

July 25, 2017 Mr. Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive Boy Scouts of America 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane Irving, TX 75015 Dear Mr. Surbaugh: I write as a former Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Explorer Scout. I was inducted into … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Else Fickeisen

My mother, Else Fickeisen, died on September 25, 2016. She was 101 years old and quite ready to be done with living in a body that had become fragile and with senses that had begun to shut down. She had … Continue reading

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Climate Change, Instinct, and Rational Action

There is news now that 2014 was the warmest year on record and that several months have set high average temperature records recently while it’s been many decades since a monthly average temperature was the lowest on record. Yes, I … Continue reading

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Dawn Wall?

Kevin Jorgeson, on reaching the summit of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park this past week by free climbing the Dawn Wall with Tommy Caldwell, said of their feat: “I hope it inspires people to find their own Dawn Wall, … Continue reading

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Affordable Housing — Another Shameful Setback for Portland (A Rant)

About a decade ago the city of Portland made a commitment that development of the South Waterfront neighborhood would include enough affordable housing to ensure that a diversity of economic status in the new neighborhood that reflected that of the … Continue reading

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Marriage Enrichment Comes to Oregon

Break out the bubbly. Today was a big day for marriage here in Oregon. At noon, Federal judge Michael McShane announced his ruling that the constitutional amendment that reads, “It is the policy of Oregon, and its political subdivisions, that … Continue reading

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Process Theology — More Resources

Here are some additional resources related to Process Theology The Center for Process Studies website, affiliated with Claremont School of Theology: As is often the case, a detractor, in this case Roger E. Olson, an evangelical Baptist, captures quite well … Continue reading

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