Author Archives: Philip E Jenks

About Philip E Jenks

Philip is a retired communicator for American Baptist Churches USA, the U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches, the U.S. National Council of Churches, and two Philadelphia area daily newspapers. He and his spouse, the Rev. Dr. Martha M. Cruz, are the parents of six adults and are members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rye Brook, N.Y. They live in Port Chester, N.Y.

Meet the Racist Boogey Man

“No human race is superior. No religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.” – Eliezer Wiesel. An ugly thread twists like a venomous snake through our lives: Mass murder by a white man in … Continue reading

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God Knows Where You Are

If it hadn’t been for Sid Caesar, I wouldn’t know that Joseph’s reunion with his brothers is one of the funniest schticks in the bible. “And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh … Continue reading

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Dick Gregory: Lean, Mean Running Machine

August 7, 2019 – Dick Gregory died two years ago this month in a Washington, D.C. hospital. He was 84. The anniversary of his passing – especially at a time in our history when we sorely miss his prophetic voice … Continue reading

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Big Fess and Little Davy

Davy Crockett was born 233 years ago on August 17, 1786. . His birthday was the first historical date I committed to memory, thanks entirely to Walt Disney’s 1954 miniseries, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. The historical Crockett … Continue reading

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Old Times There Are Not Forgotten

“Not since the Civil War has our country been more divided.” That exaggerated claim appears occasionally in social media. It’s not true, of course, because we are not forming factional armies and going to war with one another. At least … Continue reading

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Very Sincerely Typed, Eleanor Roosevelt

July 6, 2019. Martha, Will, Beny, and I visited the Franklin D. Roosevelt presidential library in Hyde Park, N.Y. this weekend. The artifact I wanted most to see again was Eleanor Roosevelt’s personal typewriter, now protected in a Plexiglas case … Continue reading

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Stalin loved a good parade.

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