A Historical Perspective on a Little-Noticed Action

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Thank you for this remembrance of the debate regarding the Bush Presidential Institute at SMU and especially regarding Andrew Weaver. I had never met Andrew, but I am a friend of Carolyn's. I am saddened by our loss of Andrew's leadership and by the meanness of those in leadership who found it easier to demean Andrew than to debate the real issues related to the Bush Institute and the United Methodist Church.

Nancy Mossman more than 4 years ago

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Thank you for remembering Dr. Weaver as the advocate that he was. Thank you for remembering the valiant fight of the thousands of us who got involved because of his prophetic witness. Thank you for remembering the nature of the deals finagled to get the Bush Institute into SMU.

It is hard to fight money and political acumen. I hate it when cynics win. They are so talented at obfuscating things and making evil seem no worse than good.

Jerry Eckert more than 4 years ago

Notable Quotes


Alt Jesus

"Christians in America are no longer people of faith, we’re people of fear. Instead of truly putting our trust, faith, and reliance upon the Way, teachings, and example of Jesus, we put our actual faith in guns, our obscenely over-funded military, and in strong-man  authoritarian leaders."

– Rev. Roger Wolsey, a United Methodist pastor and author, in his blog post, "O We of Little Faith," on Patheos.com


“For long-term sustained action [to counteract climate change threats], we need hope. We need love. We need encouragement. We need that sense of shared community of being in this together. And for many people … faith communities often provide exactly that.”

– Climate scientist and committed Christian Katharine Hayhoe, part of a panel at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, quoted by Lauren Markoe for Religion News Service.


“Religion is more than just a belief system; it’s also a community. Churches are among our most powerful, most  important engines for civic engagement and public participation.”

– Northeastern University professor Matthew Nisbet, part of panel on communicating climate change effective to people of faith at the recent conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciencequoted by Lauren Markoe for Religion News Service.

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