Art Cribbs

Art-Cribbs-200The Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs is the executive director of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, a statewide faith-based organization, that advocates for workers and immigrant rights, quality education, and health care.
Working with interfaith leaders in San Diego County, he participated in public vigils for peace to end wars in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan; joined members of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice in public actions at various locations, including shopping malls and the University of California, San Diego; and, assisted with the annual La Posada bi-national event along the Mexico-United States border.
He was president of the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County and president of Pacific Media Ministry, a television production company that produced local and network programs.
As a former executive with the international ministries of the United Church of Christ, Dr. Cribbs traveled to more than 20 countries, itinerated and accompanied global partners who visited the United States.

A Time to Break Silence

An interfaith service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held Tuesday, April 4, at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary of Macedonia Baptist Church located at 1751 East 114th Street in Los Angeles. On the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s seminal sermon, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” faith leaders and congregations will come together to look at how far America has come since 1967. Based on today’s issues after the election of President Trump, for many people it feels … [Read more...]

Lessons About Our Democratic Republic

There are lessons we can take away from the 2016 National Presidential Elections about our American Democratic Republic. First, every vote and every no vote counts in the General Election. The Primary Elections are the opportunities to vote for the candidate who is your first choice. If your candidate wins and becomes your party’s nominee, you have a second chance to get your candidate elected as President of the United States. Second, if your candidate fails to win the primaries and is not … [Read more...]

Acting in the Spirit of Dr. King: Now Is Our Time to Break Silence

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his breakthrough sermon linking racism, capitalism, and militarism at New York's Riverside Church. King's courageous sermon was titled "Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break Silence." Exactly one year later-on April 4, 1968-Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis while standing with that city's striking Black sanitation workers. Recalling King's fearless final year, and conscious of the challenge we face now in a new time of … [Read more...]

Never Have I Ever

So, there I was standing in front of a room full of cops trying to explain how this is an era the likes of which I have never seen in my life…not as a journalist, professional political observer, or a preacher. Among those who have sworn to “serve and protect,” a few heads were nodding in agreement. But, too much like the country right now, a few others verbally disagreed and exposed the severe divide that defines the United States in this infant moment of Trump. I could not help myself as I … [Read more...]

Make America Great

What does it mean to “Make America Great Again?” Some people suggest it is actually code for “Make America White Again.” But, when was the United States white? Never! Was there ever a time when America possessed and presented the characteristics of a “great nation?” If so, when was that time? We may turn to the so-called founding documents of this nation as evidence of a “great” society; but upon full examination and honest assessment a true and clear realization is that the words … [Read more...]

Praying for a Successful Presidency

This must be said without equivocation, “I am praying for the success of President-Elect Donald H. Trump’s tenure in office.” Unlike the Republican Congressional leaders who announced publicly on his first Inauguration Day their singular intention to stymie President Barack Obama’s Administration and to stifle each and every initiative he presented, I want to see Mr. Trump perform at the highest level of civility with wise counsel and above average leadership quality. The success of the … [Read more...]

In Times Like These

Sometimes it seems the world has flipped upside down and is spinning out of control. After taking a few days off to recalibrate my life and set a compass to move forward, I realize the world is no larger than the sphere I can influence. That is, there are very few things I can really manage well and there is almost nothing I can control. As the saying goes, “In life stuff happens.” The recent elections put a lot people in an emotional tailspin. Wednesday following the minority vote that will … [Read more...]

Trump Era Filled With HOPE

The election of Donald J. Trump signals a new era of hope, opportunity, purpose, and education (HOPE). As a political reporter who covered presidential elections for more than 20 years, I have no doubt much of the harsh rhetoric Mr. Trump espoused during his campaign will dissipate into vapor without critical impact. Unfortunately, while his verbal assaults on a variety of people in society may not result in public policy, his words have inspired an increase in actual attacks on Muslims, … [Read more...]

Make America Great

new day in the United States starts now. This new day is really an attitude inspired by events that require our full commitment and action. There is plenty of worry and angst in the air and throughout our souls in this precious moment. But, this is also a time that calls out the best within each of us. We may be tempted to hold back and wait. Or, we may feel compelled to leap into action without the full consideration informed by intelligence, experience, and history. Whatever we do should be … [Read more...]

It’s Our Time Now

Decision Day in America was Tuesday. Today and tomorrow matter! This is the beginning of the future of our nation. Who will we be starting today? What kind of nation are we becoming in the aftermath of this week’s election? Who are WE THE PEOPLE and what is our responsibility in this Participatory Democracy? We heard elected representatives in Congress threaten to hold the nation hostage if their party was not in the White House. For the past eight years WE have suffered the consequences of a … [Read more...]