A professor of Religious Studies at Mars Hill University, I teach critical thinking, the power of the religious imagination in history, and at the same time, the never-ending discovery of our gifts and talents.
In 2021, Fortress Press published my translation of Tao te Ching. This website introduces this amazing, 2500-year old work to seekers, students, and peace-workers for the 2020s. As you read my work, the Tao-Talks tab will perhaps be helpful to many.
Union Seminary in the City of New York, Ph.D. 1993
University of Tennessee-Knoxville, M.A. History 1979
Mars Hill College, B.A. 1977
Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
Mars Hill College/University, Mars Hill, NC
Ewha Womans University, Seoul Korea
I educate and write for justice.
I am religious, though Religions are full of injustice and ignoring of human problems. I educate, but for justice, so that our next few decades are not like our most previous one.
One can be religious or educated to promote the status quo, or to learn how to interrupt it. Tao teaches me how to be a "misfit" and get into what the late great John Lewis called "good trouble." One's spirituality and education is not for one's own benefit, but to become what my friend Daneen Akers calls a "Holy Troublemaker."