Monthly Archives: September 2013

Our Endowment

When one receives an endowment, sound fiscal policy dictates that only the interest from the principal be used. A prudent manager of the endowment would invest at least a portion of the interest back into the endowment principal in order … Continue reading

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Consequences

“All persons ought to consider and, on the whole, approve the foreseeable consequences of each of their choices. Stated otherwise: Choose with a view to the long run, not merely the present act” (Edgar S. Brightman, Moral Laws, New York: Abingdon Press, 1933, p. … Continue reading

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Letter to my Grandchildren

My Dear Grandchildren, As I write this letter to you, you are many years away from your first breath in this world, but I know that I am connected to you. My actions now and the actions of the other … Continue reading

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Prayer

I was not able to make it through some of the Taizé chants in chapel today. This sometimes happens to me because any time I am in a Taizé service it reminds me of one of the most meaningful five … Continue reading

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The Ghost of John Locke

The 17th Century English philosopher John Locke is arguably the most influential philosopher on American political and economic thinking and practice. His understanding of political thought and his views on private property were foundational among the founders of the United … Continue reading

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A World with Fewer People

Human population will not grow forever. In fact, it is forecast that human population may very well level off in the 21st Century around 9.5 billion people, which is about 2.5 billion more people than are living today. The prediction … Continue reading

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Coexistence is Not Enough

Reflections for the 1st Annual Solidarity and Peace Rally in Oklahoma City. Given the long history of inter-religious conflict, it is a laudable goal to have persons from different religions and persons of no religion be able to tolerate one another, … Continue reading

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