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.

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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Wearing Masks: The Tale of Two COVID19 Graphics

Propaganda 101 – Here is a little lesson about propaganda that can be seen in what I will call “The Tale of Two COVID19 Graphics.” Let’s say you are starting out with the goal of wanting to convince people that … Continue reading

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50th Anniversary Earth Day Message

Readings for the day from Genesis 1: 26-31; Leviticus 25:8-13; and I Timothy 6: 7-10. (Common English Bible) Video of service here. It is a privilege to be able to bring an Earth Day message to the Mayflower UCC community. … Continue reading

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Getting Back to Normal?

As we face a global pandemic, it is more than understandable that we long for things to get back to normal. Normal is not this, and almost anything is better than this; but if all we do is get back … Continue reading

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