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 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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Impeachment and the Threat of Violence

Washington Post – Getty Images Trump and his allies think they can bully the impeachment process to an end by blocking the proceedings as much as they can and by using propaganda to rile up their base to threaten violence … Continue reading

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If Columbus Had Been a Christian…

If Columbus had been a Jesus follower rather than an Empire Christian, he would have respected that the lands he happened upon were inhabited and he would have engaged the indigenous persons as equal siblings in humanity rather than abuse, … Continue reading

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How Low Will They Go?

How low will Republicans allow the current president to take them? Today, the President’s lawyer literally argued in a court of law that the President could murder someone on Fifth Avenue in New York City and would be immune to … Continue reading

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Protecting Universities From Their Presidents

No university that values academic integrity and academic freedom should ever allow its sitting president to serve as a paid director of a for-profit company. The risks of conflicts of interest on the part of the president and undue influence … Continue reading

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More Than Human Survival

I often hear sincere climate justice activists say that since it is likely that life on earth will find a way to come back like it has in previous mass extinction events that the real or primary reason to address … Continue reading

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My Generation Deserves to Feel Uncomfortable About the Climate Crisis

For all the people of my generation who want to blame Greta Thunberg for creating eco-anxiety in young people, the real reason young people have eco-anxiety is because of the climate crisis and mass extinction event being caused by the … Continue reading

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Oklahoma’s Climate of Complicity

When it comes to the climate crisis, Oklahoma has one of the highest percentages of people who deny the reality of climate change and the role of human activity in contributing to rising global temperatures. This is not surprising in … Continue reading

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