Carlyle Fielding Stewart III

Writings on Democracy, Social Justice, and Religion

Tag: Social Justice

  • “Marriage Equality Means Abiding the Constitution and Not Conveniently Throwing it Out Because We Religiously or Politically Disagree With It.”

    “Marriage Equality Means Abiding the Constitution and Not Conveniently Throwing it Out Because We Religiously or Politically Disagree With It.”

    Many Christians in general and black Christians in particular are upset at President Barack Obama for his recent decision to support same gender marriages. Many of these persons have vowed not to vote for President Obama in the November election and refuse to support his future political agenda for America. While as a trained Christian ethicist, I understand their feelings on this subject,…

  • President Obama Courageously Stands for LGBT Civil and Marriage Rights.

    President Obama Courageously Stands for LGBT Civil and Marriage Rights.

    I recently got into a debate with a man about views on the LGBT ( Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community and whether they should be allowed to marry or have civil unions. His position was that homosexuality was a sin and that people in the LGBT community should never be allowed to marry because the Bible condemns them. Marriage…

  • M.L.King Jr. and the Five Forms of Human Poverty

    M.L.King Jr. and the Five Forms of Human Poverty

    Delivered at the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Birmingham Community House, Birimingham, Michigan January 16, 2011 America has made great progress in the granting Civil and Human rights to African Americans and other groups the last sixty years. Blacks are no longer the victims of the virulent and violent forms of racism so prevalent in the South…

  • And Still We Rise

    And Still We Rise

       “And Still We  Rise ” Delivered on the Lord’s Day for Black History Month  January 28, 2007 Acts 26:12a-18; Nehemiah 2:11-20 Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III  So they said, Let  us rise up and  build. Then they set  their hands to this good work.” Nehemiah 2:18b “So I said, “Who are  you Lord?” And  he  said, “Iam  Jesus, whom you…

  • Beyond Our Walled Streets

    Beyond Our Walled Streets

    Delivered on the Lord’s Day | July 25, 2010 Luke 10:25-37 It is the nature of democracy to have competing interests among citizens that often create conflict between them. There is tension between have and have not, rich and poor, black and white which thankfully has compelled our country to look squarely at itself, shed…

  • The Problem of Moral Relativism

    The Problem of Moral Relativism

    Delivered on the Lord’s Day | April 13, 2008 I Samuel 28:1-10 John 8:1-11 Writer C.S. Lewis once stated that human beings often operate out of a system of value that says, “My neighbor has done something wrong because he is bad and I did something wrong because I didn’t get enough sleep.” What Lewis…

  • Beyond Religious Persecution in an Age of Intolerance

    Beyond Religious Persecution in an Age of Intolerance

    Delivered on the Lord’s Day | August 15, 2010 Micah 6:6-8 | Luke 4:16-19 The recent uproar about the proposal to build a new mosque known as Cordoba House near the former site of the twin towers in New York City has given me pause about the nature of religious tolerance in our nation. The…

  • Democracy in Peril: Voting our Values and Valuing Our Vote

    Democracy in Peril: Voting our Values and Valuing Our Vote

    South Oakland County NAACP, October 6, 2007 Today as we look out over our beloved country, would it be an exaggeration to say that our democracy is in grave peril; that the ship of state appears to be nose-diving into a deep abyss; that special interests appear to be corroding our basic freedoms, rights and…

  • Renewing Our Commitment to Theology and Social Justice. In Growing African American Churches: After The Spiritual Breakthrough, Then What?

    Renewing Our Commitment to Theology and Social Justice. In Growing African American Churches: After The Spiritual Breakthrough, Then What?

    Delivered at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary | February 24, 2005 In keeping with this year’s theme of the Church and Black Experiences Family reunion, I would like to focus my attention this morning on growing African American churches through ministries of social justice. Of the numerous African American super churches that have exploded with membership…

  • Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters

    Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters

    Delivered on the Lord’s Day | November 7, 2004 Amos 5:16-24 Matthew 6:24 “Take away from me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” Amos 6:23-24 “No one can serve two masters; for…