Georges Branch Lives Matter

Reading Time: 4 minutes I grew up in the second poorest congressional district in America.  The constituents in this district also live shorter lives than in all other ones.  Within this congressional district, I grew up on Georges Branch, Perry County, Kentucky.  This holler is famous for being rough as a cob and historically being the best place in … Read more

The elite, the oppressed & the unloved.

Reading Time: 3 minutes The current looting and plundering by those that have been marginalized is coming from a space of unlove.  Just as the looting and plundering by the elite and their political allies has come from a space of unlove for the past 40 years.  This socio-economic rubber banding from one extreme to another has been the … Read more

Soul Growth with Philip Clayton

Reading Time: < 1 minute Joel and Phillip Clayton discuss big questions like “Why am I here” and “what’s the point of reality?” Listen in to this enlightening conversation about ways we can help humanity find hope and direction. As a scholar, Philip Clayton (Ingraham Professor, Claremont School of Theology) works at the intersection points of science, philosophy, and theology. … Read more

Economics in the Age of Pandemics

Reading Time: 4 minutes A record 10 million have filed for unemployment over the last two weeks. That number is expected to grow in the coming weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. No one knows how long or far this current global economic catastrophe will last or reach.  These times bring up a question that is worth discussing.  As … Read more

Are we all in this together?

Reading Time: 3 minutes While perusing Facebook recently I happened upon a friend’s post concerning community. Specifically, when and how is it appropriate to work in communities that are not your own? He felt that to work in a community, you must always have a person of that community present to speak for themselves. This is a complex issue … Read more

1,000 Awakenings #6 with Mike Riley

Reading Time: 4 minutes For this edition of 1,000 Awakenings, we are going old school. As in back to high school. Mike Riley was one of my main running mates during those four years at Dilce Combs. We were on the academic team together, his mom was cool as shit (and thus his house was an option to stop … Read more