A response to concerns about a retreat for gay priests, brothers and deacons

Commentary: As the facilitator of an upcoming retreat for gay priests, brothers and deacons, I offer these observations in response to concerns that have been raised about it.

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s living faith

One of the theology courses I teach at Marquette University explores the lives and thoughts of Malcolm X, James Baldwin and Martin Luther King Jr. My students enter the course thinking that they already know much about King. They are familiar with his leadership as a civil rights activist and his uncompromising advocacy of nonviolent social change. My challenge, however, is to move them to appreciate King as a man of faith. His Christian ideals and religious convictions not only grounded his political strategies, but also provided the reservoir of fortitude needed to endure racial persecution, political harassment and the constant threat of death.