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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks on Jan. 1, 1960, in Washington, D.C. (Keystone Pictures USA/Zuma Press/TNS)

Not America First

This Easter, on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s martyrdom,…

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks on Jan. 1, 1960, in Washington, D.C. (Keystone Pictures USA/Zuma Press/TNS)
Let Christmas be a time of wonder and humility. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Putting the ‘X’ Back in Xmas

At what point did Christmas become another weapon in the culture wars,…

Let Christmas be a time of wonder and humility. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Protesters gather on Whitehall, opposite Downing Street, in London on Sept. 28 to protest growing tensions between North Korea and the United States. (Ben Gingell/Shutterstock.com)

The end of the world is near (and no one seems to care)

Why are we so passive these days when it comes to the…

Protesters gather on Whitehall, opposite Downing Street, in London on Sept. 28 to protest growing tensions between North Korea and the United States. (Ben Gingell/Shutterstock.com)
From left, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Allen Ginsberg, Freewheelin’ Frank and Marcetta at the Human Be-In in Golden Gate Park on Jan. 14, 1967. (Courtesy Gene Anthony/California Historical Society)

The Summer of Love is over

Not every past has a future. It’s hard to imagine anyone, even…

From left, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Allen Ginsberg, Freewheelin’ Frank and Marcetta at the Human Be-In in Golden Gate Park on Jan. 14, 1967. (Courtesy Gene Anthony/California Historical Society)
Members of the “alt-right,” seen in Lee Park on Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Va. (Go Nakamura/Zuma Press/TNS)

There were not two sides at Charlottesville

Many of us feel profoundly troubled by the events in Charlottesville and…

Members of the “alt-right,” seen in Lee Park on Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Va. (Go Nakamura/Zuma Press/TNS)
Grace Cathedral’s St. Francis statue, created by San Francisco artist Benny Bufano. (Courtesy Niall Battson)

Bay Area clergy struggle with political divisions at Easter

The Northern California clergy I know are in trouble. On the one…

Grace Cathedral’s St. Francis statue, created by San Francisco artist Benny Bufano. (Courtesy Niall Battson)
The life of professor Huston Smith will be remembered at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco on Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

Bay Area says goodbye to spiritual leader Huston Smith

This past December, when Professor Huston Smith died in Berkeley at age…

The life of professor Huston Smith will be remembered at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco on Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m. (Courtesy photo)
President Donald Trump speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Pool/Sipa USA/TNS)

The problem with churches endorsing politicians

At the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning, President Donald Trump promised…

President Donald Trump speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Pool/Sipa USA/TNS)
Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

Christmas in the Empire

I fully understand the appeal of a sentimental “white Christmas like the…

Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
The Very Rev. Malcolm Clemens Young is the ninth dean of Grace Cathedral. (Courtesy photo)

What do we do now?

I received an angry note from a woman who objected to our…

The Very Rev. Malcolm Clemens Young is the ninth dean of Grace Cathedral. (Courtesy photo)
Justin Wooley, a member of the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition, said of the vigil at Grace Cathedral that he attended with his daughter, “No one professed their race, religion, age or sexuality; we just walked into a room full of peace.” (Courtesy Lynn Aylward)

An invitation to dance

When I was a little boy, I didn’t know the difference between…

Justin Wooley, a member of the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition, said of the vigil at Grace Cathedral that he attended with his daughter, “No one professed their race, religion, age or sexuality; we just walked into a room full of peace.” (Courtesy Lynn Aylward)
(Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SFMOMA promises chance for spiritual awakening

The reopening of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on May…

(Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
“Sprinkling,” a Hungarian Easter tradition, involves boys and young men playfully perfume or perfumed water on girls. (AP)

What do Christians believe?

More than one billion people will celebrate Easter this year in overcrowded…

“Sprinkling,” a Hungarian Easter tradition, involves boys and young men playfully perfume or perfumed water on girls. (AP)
Cathedral of Christ the Light. (Courtesy Photo)

Cathedrals still inspire worshippers and controversy

After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake made unusable the Cathedral of Saint…

Cathedral of Christ the Light. (Courtesy Photo)
The Very Rev. Malcolm Clemens Young stands inside Grace Cathedral in

Death of spirituality in SF is greatly exaggerated

Whether you call it spirituality or religion, the Bay Area plays a…

The Very Rev. Malcolm Clemens Young stands inside Grace Cathedral in