Author Archives: Mark Y. A. Davies

About Mark Y. A. Davies

Mark Davies is the Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. He is the Executive Director of the Leadership, Education, and Development (LEaD) Hub North America of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church and an Oklahoma Humanities State Scholar. Mark has published in the areas of Boston personalism, process philosophy and ethics, and ecological ethics. Dr. Davies serves on the United Methodist University Senate, which is “an elected body of professionals in higher education created by the General Conference to determine which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church.” He and his wife Kristin live in Edmond, OK in the United States, and they have two daughters. The views expressed by the author in this blog do not necessarily represent the views of Oklahoma City University or the United Methodist Church.

A Tribute to My Friend and Colleague John Starkey

I had the deep privilege of giving the tribute for my believed friend and colleague John Starkey on the occasion of his Memorial Service, January 19, 2020 in the Chapel at Oklahoma City University. (Following the reading of John’s obituary) … Continue reading

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$2 Trillion

Let’s take Trump at his tweeting word that, as he claims, the United States has just spent $2 Trillion on military equipment that he will not hesitate to use as he threatens to attack 52 sites in Iran, including some … Continue reading

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Perpetrators of Genocide, not Pioneers

I just completed reading a book written in 1866 that I would never otherwise read if it were not written by my triple great grandfather, Thomas Clay McCreery, who later became a U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1868 to 1871 … Continue reading

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The Climate Crisis and Nationalism

Climate change and the ecological and economic damage it inflicts creates a vicious cycle that if left unchecked will spiral humanity into climate chaos, endless wars, and the demise of human civilization as we know it. As humanity experiences the … Continue reading

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The Moral Failure of Militarizing Space

The recent creation of a Space Force by the United States is further evidence that we humans take violence and militarism with us wherever we go. We have been an utter failure in creating peace on earth, and now with … Continue reading

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The Epistemological Divide in United Methodism

Religious groups are communities of practice based upon a shared theory of reality and a shared tradition of enquiry. As our shared experience challenges our theory of reality and we face epistemological crises (crises of how and what we know), … Continue reading

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Senator McConnell’s Disqualifying Conflict of Interest

Photo – Shealah Craighead via ZUMA   I have been called to jury duty three times in my life, but I have only served on one jury. The first time I was called for duty, I was seated on a … Continue reading

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