Mark Davies’ Prophetic Sermon on Climate Change

Friends, On June 28, Mark Davies gave a 19-minute sermon, entitled The Church and Climate Change,  summarizing the environmental challenges facing humanity as stewards and students of Creation. You will find the audio recording of the sermon at that link. I urge all to listen to this — perhaps forward it. I know Mark Davies. … Read more…


My Op-Ed in Support of Iran Negotiations Published by The Oklahoman

The following guest editorial by Peace House Director Nathaniel Batchelder was published in The Oklahoman on Saturday, April 11. Will Congress support negotiations for peace? BY NATHANIEL BATCHELDER A preliminary agreement on Iran’s nuclear program has built hope that a final agreement can be reached. For everyone praying that global conflicts can be resolved through … Read more…

Sieze the moment with Iran!

Let us all tell the White House and Congress that NOW is the time to improve diplomatic relations between the US and Iran. Newly elected Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has pledged better relations with the west. He has appointed a pro-western, US-educated foreign minister, Javad Zarif. Additionally, Rouhani has expressed openness to negotiations on Iran’s … Read more…

Oklahoma Needs Medicaid Expansion

Sent the following letter to eight newspapers in Oklahoma. Hope you will call the Governor about this. Oklahoma needs the federally-funded expansion of Medicaid that Governor Mary Fallin is refusing. It would extend Medicaid to some 150,000 Sooners currently not insured. She says Oklahoma cannot afford it, but it is 100% federally funded the first … Read more…

The Wisdom of Peace

Speech at the Midwest City Martin Luther King Breakfast
Jan 21, 2013

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Nathaniel Batchelder

The title of today’s talks – The Wisdom of Peace – is crucial to our times. Dr. King’s words – his sermons and speeches – ring in our ears today as we commemorate his life and lift up again his prophetic messages for the ages.

He advocated nonviolence and love as a grounding for all efforts for social change. And indeed, our society and world badly need more love, compassion, understanding, civility, and nonviolence in speech as well as action.

We support your dream, Dr. King, of overcoming racism and all divisions among people simply on account of who they are.

We support your dream, Dr. King, to overcome poverty by creating a society and an economy in which every person has access to development.

We support your dream, Dr. King, to overcome militarism and war that destroy lives, drain resources, and render unaffordable the programs that serve people in our society.

And I suggest that Dr. King would expand his vision of peace today to include harmony with nature, with all other species, and with the natural systems that support life on earth.

Spiritual people whose prophetic voices ring across the ages were always those called to speak out about things that were just not right … as we have heard the words of Amos in the Old Testament: “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Jesus, Gandhi, and Dr. King all challenged their societies for justice and compassion for the outcast, the vulnerable, and the oppressed, and love for all members of the human family.

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Rep. Lankford on “Hardball” with Chris Mathews to talk about abortion

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Rep. James Lankford was a guest on Hardball, Monday, Nov. 26th, defending the Republican Platform plank for a “Human Life Amendment to the Constitution” (extending full human rights to fertilized eggs at conception). Lankford praised this principle as protecting “every human’s life”, and … Read more…

President Obama asks YOUR help; have YOU acted?

PROTECT AMERICA’S MIDDLE CLASS FROM A TAX INCREASE – NOW! In this week’s weekly address, President Obama restated his request from his news conference last Wednesday: “I ask Congress to pass quickly legislation protecting all income below $250,000 from any tax increase now or in 2013. … The Senate has passed this legislation, and House … Read more…