"Race, religion and the politics of identity" (Letter to the Editor)

This letter to the editor from President McMickle appeared in today's Democrat & Chronicle.

Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu recently said that the only reason Colin Powell endorsed President Barack Obama was because they were of the same racial group. Not because of merit; it was solely because of race.

One is left to wonder if this works in reverse for white evangelical Christians that had long defined Mormonism as a cult. Today, however, they are ignoring that core theological belief in order to vote for Gov. Mitt Romney. As one of my colleagues at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Dr. James Evans, observed at the inaugural symposium “Race, Religion and Politics” earlier this month: “Race seems to trump religion so far as the white evangelical vote is concerned.”

I wonder what Sununu has to say about that. Powell gave a list of reasons for his support that had to do with competence and not color. How sad we keep getting drawn back into this racial narrative; as least so far as the black candidate is concerned.

Pres. McMickle Preaching, Speaking at Chautauqua Institution

President McMickle will be taking part in Week Five of the 2012 season of lectures, workshops and interfaith worship events at the Chautauqua Institution lakeside community, which attracts more than 170,000 visitors each year. He will be at Chautauqua for the week, both preaching and lecturing – you can see his schedule below:

Sunday, July 22, 2012
10:45 Service of Worship and Sermon
Amphitheater
5:00 Vespers
Hall of Philosophy

Monday, July 23, 2012
9:15 Devotional Hour
Amphitheater

Tuesday, July 24 2012
9:15 Devotional Hour
Amphitheater

Wednesday, July 25 2012
9:15 Devotional Hour
Amphitheater

Thursday, July 26 2012
9:15 Devotional Hour
Amphitheater

Friday, July 27 2012
9:15 Devotional Hour
Amphitheater

Are you attending? Please let us know by contacting Barbara Hessdoerfer with details of when you will be there.