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.

‘Illegals’

Since the unwelcome arrival of Europeans, American history has been one long tug of war with white supremacy. Our best moments have been when we overcome white supremacy, and our worst moments have been when white supremacy has overcome us. … Continue reading

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Where We Belong

Before Nazis started killing Jewish persons, they used to say things like “Juden Raus” and “Auf nach Palästina!” The translations are “Jews out” and “off to Palestine.” They even created a board game around these slogans (See Trump’s ‘Go Home’ … Continue reading

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Racists in Office

Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback – Photo from Library of Congress President Trump’s racist comments about four American persons of color in the U.S. House of Representatives in which he declared they should “go back to where they came from” and … Continue reading

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My Hometown

Cells at the Old Post Guardhouse – Fort Sill My hometown is Lawton, Oklahoma. My family moved to Lawton when I was 4, and that was my home until I moved to Oklahoma City to attend college. Though I have … Continue reading

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Environmentalism and the Humanities – Podcast and Resources

I was recently interviewed for the BrainBox Podcast sponsored by Oklahoma Humanities on the topic “Environmentalism and the Humanities.” In addition to the podcast, which you can listen to here, Oklahoma Humanities also put together a helpful page on their … Continue reading

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Hope for the United Methodist Church?

As United Methodist General Conference 2020 election results come in, I go back and forth about being hopeful in relation to the gains being made by progressives and centrists. I am hopeful because it is apparent that about 3/4 of … Continue reading

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Listening to Our Climate Scientists

If a person ate fast food and drank sugary drinks every day and 99 out of 100 cardiologists told this person that this diet was contributing to this person’s heart disease, and if that person chose to listen to the … Continue reading

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