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Social Justice and the Headwing Perspective

Since George Floyd’s tragic death in May at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, the United States has been experiencing societal convulsions not seen since the 1960s. A spate of protests—violent and nonviolent—have caused great distress in many American cities. The crisis has brought issues that have long plagued the nation, such as racial inequality, police brutality, poverty, and family breakdown, to the forefront of our national discourse. Social
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Listening and Reconciliation

It is said we have two ears and one mouth for a wise reason — “so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” Thus, the question I should ask myself daily is, “How good of a listener am I?” I would like to believe that I use my ears all the time — and not just to hear myself speak! But my family, which is my “school
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Tuning Fork Spirituality

About fifteen years ago, my sister Gail offered this confident refutation of my “high religion” approach to spirituality: “Jim, I’ll tell you where I see God. I see God inside people, inside the people around me, inside myself.” “Unacceptable,” I thought at the time. “That’s so humanistic and so belittling to God.” On the other hand, this came from my sister Gail — the gifted mother of a beautiful family.
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“Sexual Integrity”: What Is It? And Why Do We Want It?

In recent years, we have seen startling falls from grace by major personalities – Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer, and Harvey Weinstein, to name a few. Decades of productive public life were all dead-ended in an instant, due to credible allegations of sexual misbehavior. The drama of these stories goes to the deep core of personal integrity. It also goes to something of central importance, but not well understood: sexual integrity.
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Moving Above and Beyond Polarization

In recent years, Americans have become troubled by the vivid polarization occurring in our country. This polarization is becoming rooted in our culture, sharply divided between “conservative” and “liberal.” Division in the cultural sphere drives the related political stand-off between “right wing” and “left wing.” Polarized views never seem to be superficial when it comes to issues such as Supreme Court nominations, abortion rights, gun control or health care reform.
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What is Happiness After All?

We all want to know the future because it will affect our happiness and well-being. Who will win the presidential election? Is the stock market going to go up… or down? Will I get the promotion at work that I deserve? If we stake our happiness on future events, if we are just waiting for that better job or promotion to finally happen, then we are not going to be happy people. We must learn to find happiness in the midst of the uncertainties and disappointments of today. Also,
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Searching for Peace

The United States is again embroiled in a social upheaval over race relations. Peace and civil discourse are difficult to find, as insults, stereotyping, and name-calling prevail. I am listening carefully, but I can’t hear a voice for a better, less unfair, more peaceful future. Today’s turbulence reminds me of the 1960s anti-war movement, which I experienced during my first year at University of California, Santa Barbara. It was a
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