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.

The Supreme Court and Religious Gatherings in a Deadly Pandemic

Dear Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, Religious freedom does not include the freedom to harm or kill others through super-spreader events in the midst of a deadly global pandemic. By exempting religious communities from restrictions on … Continue reading

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Unelected Georgia Senator Loeffler Criticizes Rev. Warnock for Preaching the Gospel

White Christian Nationalists have been kneeling at the altar of the idol of militarism for many decades, which is why a White Christian Nationalist like unelected Georgia U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler has decided to make criticizing Rev. Raphael Warnock’s critique … Continue reading

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Baby Killers?

Followers of the Christian Right seem to be thoroughly convinced that any person who is against making abortion illegal is a “baby killer.” This is the main issue that they use to justify supporting an unrepentant, narcissistic, adulterous, racist, xenophobic, … Continue reading

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Pro-lifers?

The amount of suffering that people justify in the name of being “pro-life” is really messed up. Why is it almost always the “pro-lifers” who are okay with separating children from their families and denying all persons access to our … Continue reading

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Extraction

Extraction… extraction of indigenous persons from their lives, land, and culture – forced to march and die on trails wet with their blood and tears to strange lands from which they would later be extracted through lies and false promises … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Senator Mitt Romney

Senator Romney, You cannot say on Tuesday that you support giving Trump a vote on his Supreme Court nominee and then get upset on Wednesday when Trump refuses to say whether he will accept a peaceful transfer of power. You … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Take Fall 2020 Online

Here is what colleges and universities are not getting (or perhaps they are simply refusing to see) – the virus is an airborne virus and there is significant evidence that it is transmitted through aerosols. You can have masks and … Continue reading

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An Immoral and Deadly Return to Campus

Colleges and universities have to face the reality that their plans for on campus learning in the fall semester, many of which are thoughtful and well-intentioned, would be both immoral and deadly to implement when the number of COVID-19 cases, … Continue reading

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Propaganda and Fatality Rates

The Trump Administration is full of propagandists, and the only way Trump can possibly win in November is through propaganda. Trump doesn’t have to do very much to keep the 40% of U.S. Americans who apparently would not care if … Continue reading

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Truth and Reconciliation

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