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Hi,Krista - Listened to the 8 16 09 rebroadcast of the EJ Dionne/D Brooks conversation @ Georgetown on Niehbuhr. Interesting non response when the question of 'do we have a Niebuhr like voice today?' Your polite but on point observation of a different world/biracial president/multicultural mosaic yielding a different voice other than a white male Anglo Protestant minister from the midwest (I'm adjunct faculty @ Elmhurst College where Reinhold Niehbur was president)was roundly ignored by Brooks and Dionne....tsk tsk. Unfortunately, I'm not surprised but still disappointed that they didn't respond or even make an attempt at expanding on it. While not a religious person, the likes of Gloria Steinhem has had a signficant body of work that resonates of justice and social responsibility...but oh, she's 'just a feminist' or something less. Mother Teresa - sorry but the white men are missing a big opportunity to read simplicty and profound tru th about our place in the world in her words. The Dalai Lama's writings and quotes, can uplift even the most jaded social observer. It all depends on the audience. None of these e.g.'s are white male...and I sadly think that the authority of a person of color or a female, either in moral, political, spiritual or ethical matters, is lost on too many.

Keep raising that flag - and keep pushing (maybe a little more forcefully and pointedly) this recognition. Your 'bully pulpit' on NPR is a good place to start.

Best Regards,
Felicia M. Elias, CEBS, ISCEBS Fellow