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.

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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We Could Have Opened Schools in the Fall

We could have opened schools in the fall if Trump had not treated the virus like a hoax and downplayed the seriousness of the threat in February. We could have opened schools in the fall if Trump been more concerned … Continue reading

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In the Fox Hole with Fauci

In light of recent attempts by the Trump Administration to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci and make him a scapegoat to distract us from Trump’s abject failure to contain COVID-19, I think it is important for us to take stock of … Continue reading

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Tulsa Can’t Breathe

Holding the largest indoor gathering in the whole world since the beginning of the worst global pandemic in a century, in a city that is experiencing its highest rates of community spread of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, in a … Continue reading

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Your Presidency Might Not Be Going Too Well If…

Some signs that your presidency may not be going too well: – You have to hide in the White House bunker out of fear of angry protestors. – You have to use rubber bullets, tear gas, blunt force, police in … Continue reading

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The Only Way Forward Is Justice

The following are some factors that are contributing to the uprising we are seeing across the country, beginning with the specific and moving to the more general and systemic: 1. Any non-police officer would have been arrested for probable cause … Continue reading

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A Pandemic Parable

A woman went down to the grocery store where she had to work as a cashier during the pandemic to support her family. She encountered persons who did not respect the risk that her job posed to her, who stripped … Continue reading

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Pandemic Beatitudes

Blessed are the mask wearers, for they help keep persons of sacred worth from dying alone and scared, separated from family and friends. Blessed are those who care for the sick and comfort the dying, for they are the presence … Continue reading

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