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Let us Remember Trayvon By the Lives we Lead

This week people all over the world people have been responding to the acquittal of the man who killed Trayvon Martin.  Though I too am outraged and disappointed by how the trial unfolded and the verdict, I would like to take this time to make a…

Are we searching for peace?

Recently I had a conversation with an elder man about the issue of acceptance of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgendered (LGBT) people in the church. He was upset about all the recent noise about inclusion.  He felt that “those” people are not normal; they are not…

Are we having fun yet?

This is the holiday season and, for many it is a time filled with special memories of childhood.  For parents, it is the time of memory making by living into genuine warmth, forgiveness and acceptance.  Many people decorate, shop for special gifts to express fondness for…

Keeping our children safe

In today’s society it is difficult to tell where there is safe space for children.  In the past, home was always considered the only safe place; however increasing incidents of child abuse from parents and relatives makes all who work with children more observant of physical…

Celebrate the small moments too

When I was a teenager, I heard the phrase “praise sweetens labor.”  I often think of this when I am working on a new project with children and teens.  When a task seems daunting, words of encouragement can help to spur new energy for the chore. …

…with liberty and justice for all

Last week our nation celebrated Flag Day. Stars and stripes  were waving in the breeze everywhere; they were adorned on caps, armbands, bags, T-shirts, lawns, public spaces and tiny flags on restaurant tables. I recalled that on that day, I heard a report from a colleague…

Closing the Gap through Rites of Passage

When I was a teenager, there was so much talk about the generation gap between adolescents and adults. Of course that breach was a vast political an ideological rift that was created with my generation’s call for a black aesthetic and a focus on liberation from…