Damascus Road, British Parliament, Seneca Falls, DDT

What a joy it was to preach this morning at Louisville Seminary for the Festival of Theology. Marian McClure snapped this shot of President Michael Jinkins and me just before we began.  

And while we are on pictures, here is one Greg Bezilla snapped while I was talking at the lovely Canterbury House at Rutgers University last week….

I spoke today about the problem of wrapping our minds around the changes we know we need to make, and the help we find when we look to forebears who faced other life-shattering challenges to habit and viewpoint, such as the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus, William Wilberforce introducing the abolition of slave trade in the British parliament, Lucretia Mott starting the women’s rights movement in Seneca Falls, and Rachel Carson speaking out to the public on DDT through her book Silent Spring. “The world we take for granted is founded on decisions to keep turning from a familiar but flawed present toward destinations only imagined, unprecedented, unknown, decisions risking failure, moves we only regret if we fail to make them.”

Now to finish preparing tomorrow’s sermon on Genesis 1 and 2.

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