reflections on race, religion, history & social change

October 8, 2019

A couple of weeks ago at an interesting forum hosted by the SC Human Affairs Commission and the SC Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation, seated next to the Vice-Chair of the Waccamaw Indian People, an African American state legislator, and an advocate for children...

May 11, 2018

A new story from the Baha'i World News Service recounts how the new House of Worship in Santiago, Chile, has become a part of the broader society since its dedication a year and a half ago. And it also explains the major moment of transition in which the worldwide Baha...

April 27, 2018

Freedom of movement on one’s own two feet is a fundamental human right.

It was so basic to English common law that the Founders didn’t even bother to mention it in the Bill of Rights. (Oh, that and the pesky part about 20% of the non-Indian population being enslaved at...

April 8, 2017

Apr. 8, 2017

Deflection. Deception. Disinformation. Disavowal. Duplicity.

Sadly, these appear to be the new normal in the highest offices of the honored government of my country, the United States. And there is little on the horizon to indicate anything but more of the...

October 6, 2016

Next week, dedication activities will take place for the new Baha'i House of Worship in Santiago, Chile. Hailed as an architectural marvel for its unique, light-filled design and innovative construction techniques, the structure serves as an elegant symbol of--and cata...

August 26, 2016

This week the National Park Service turns one hundred years old, and it's making me all mushy inside just thinking about it!

The National Park system--which includes the flagship National Parks as well as National Monuments, National Historic Sites, National Battlefield...

January 7, 2016

I recently ran across this news story, and I want to pass it on. At issue is a possible large development on a vacant four-acre site along the Congaree River in West Columbia, the large suburb directly adjacent to South Carolina's capital city. The parcel is probably j...

April 10, 2015

I recently read a thoughtful and inspiring article about unfolding plans for the establishment of a local Bahá’í house of worship in the village of Agua Azul in Norte del Cauca, a rural area with a large population of African descent between the Pacific Ocean and the A...

October 10, 2014

Welcome to my new blog! I'll use this space to report on my works in progress, scholarly engagement, and professional service, as well as to share reflections on race, religion, history, and social change. I'm pretty new to this particular medium, so I consider this so...

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