Strivings

reflections on race, religion, history & social change

August 26, 2020

Since the onset of the global health crisis, like so many people in the United States and in other countries, new and challenging circumstances at work and at home have required me to change my priorities, at least temporarily. Among other things, this has meant that I...

September 13, 2017

As a professor of American history, I am under no illusions that our country's racial problems are new. Little in the headlines since Charlottesville, or since the acquittal of Philando Castile's murderer, or since the election last fall, or since the Charleston Massac...

November 11, 2016

This Sunday, November 13, Interfaith Partners of South Carolina, a statewide non-profit that aims to promote “understanding and cooperation” among religious communities, will hold its annual conference in Florence, hosted by the local branch of the organization. I have...

June 27, 2016

This is the Israel/Palestine/Holy Land that I know!

Akko (or Acre) is an ancient city on the Bay of Haifa in what is today northern Israel. Its population is about two-thirds Jewish and one-third Arab, with Arabic-speaking Christians a small minority. The Old City, a UN...

June 24, 2015

I’m pleased to share this post from the blog of the Religious Freedom Project (RFP) at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, written by my colleague Naseem Kourosh, an attorney and policy advocate who is currently serving as the...

March 31, 2015

I'm pleased to share my latest piece for the Good Men Project, entitled "Jim Crow Is Still America's National Religion...But It Doesn't Have to Be." It's a version of a talk I gave last month at the Florence County Library, slightly expanded and revised for a national...

December 25, 2014

This time of year I see plenty of reminders, from social media and to signs in front of churches, that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” And not for no reason. In a society of rampant consumerism and individualism, Christmas has become a massive occasion for the sp...

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