The U.S. Constitution with an american flag.

COMMENTARY: A parched patch of prejudice

(RNS) What’s next? Disobeying traffic signs because a gay-friendly city government put them up? Drawing down on a policeman because he happens to be gay? Obeying only those laws that no gay person supports or benefits from?

Color photocrome postcard of the Hillsdale Shopping Center, as seen from the front entrance sign by the Macy's anchor, depicted shortly after the shopping center opened in the mid-1950s.

COMMENTARY: What shopping malls can learn from churches

SAN MATEO, Calif. (RNS) Having tried hard in several churches to raise funds for legacy expenses, I know it’s a tough sell, and getting tougher. And it should be a tough sell. Churches had no business building facilities they could barely afford to construct.

Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the author of “Just Wondering, Jesus” and founder of the Church Wellness Project. Photo courtesy Tom Ehrich

COMMENTARY: Where are the referees?

(RNS) We are living, for now at least, in a “Wild West” of gerrymandered voting districts, unfairly enforced laws, corrupt arbiters, and the rich getting richer by buying and tilting basic systems like courts of law and media coverage.

Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the author of “Just Wondering, Jesus” and founder of the Church Wellness Project. Photo courtesy Tom Ehrich

COMMENTARY: Decency on the rise

(RNS) Did everything come up roses? Sadly, no. It was a rotten year in some respects. Think NSA, Chase Bank, John Boehner, Koch Brothers, scammers preying on soldiers and the elderly, payday lenders and other bottom-feeders. Even so, I end the year feeling positive.