Taken By Surprise, A Common Story

Taken By Surprise, A Common Story

Jack Sanders was a dedicated senior pastor of a congregation in a major denomination.

He worked hard for his faith and the churches to which he had been called as pastor.

He and his wife, Melissa, were called…

Pastoral Care: A Special Kind of Listening

When I was a hospice chaplain, I enjoyed working with the social workers in our office.

They were capable and smart.

They knew what to do when a problem arose.

If a patient needed placement in a nursing home…

DID YOU TRAVEL WITH ANYONE YOU KNEW?

Traveling alone can be an intimidating experience for anyone, not to mention a child arriving to a foreign land with people that speak a foreign language. It’s difficult to think about any child in such a situation and leads to…

Toxic Leadership

The measure of successful leadership is how well a group performs, over time, in terms of valued outcomes, or the realization of its mission.

Benjamin J. Inyang considers leadership as a process which “involves the use of non-coercive influence to…

ONE DAY

One day my life will matter to those who oppress me,

The injustices I currently face will simply be history.

One day my family will be treated fairly,

My kids will live a life of freedom and equality.

One day…

WITH WHOM DID YOU TRAVEL TO THIS COUNTRY?

I imagine a child sitting alone, or perhaps alongside a sibling or cousin, being asked this question by an interpreter. I imagine, as Valeria Luiselli does, what it would be like if my child was asked the same question and…

IMMIGRATION STATUS?

Are you a human?  Are you worthy of being treated with respect and dignity?  These extra questions are all wrapped up (though secretly) in this one.  The language we use around migrants and immigration affects the way we see and…

STAY IN TOUCH

People say that staying in touch is easy these days

phone lines everywhere,

internet sweeping city to city,

even stamps readily available in any post office

for the neighborhood letter writer

to select the perfect one

out of the season’s…

DO YOU FEEL SAFE? DO YOU FEEL HOPE?

We shall walk through the valley in peace, we shall walk through the valley in peace. For Jesus himself will be our leader. We shall walk through the valley in peace. Spiritual composed by A.L. Hatter

 

This spiritual,…

WERE YOU PUNISHED IF YOU DID SOMETHING WRONG? HOW OFTEN?

The death [Christ] died, he died to sin, once for all…

Romans 6:10a

 

My friends and I were detained, verbally abused, and punished for no wrongdoing. We had good intentions when we entered the town. Nevertheless, we were…

DO YOU HAVE TATTOOS?

Ink can incriminate in “the land of the free.

 

Many of my friends have tattoos. Some are small in inconspicuous places; some are full sleeves. Some tattoos represent a particular passion; some represent part of one’s own journey. For…

FEASTING WITH SMILES: A STRANGE CALLING

As with many immigrants, I lived with my parents and relatives in a multigenerational household. It is hard for parents to allow their children to live with someone other than family.

 

When I first came to the United States,…

HOW DID YOU GET ALONG WITH THE PEOPLE with WHOM YOU LIVED?

Cohabitation is a sort of cosmic dance,

me and you—

hands outstretched,

reaching for the other

as we waltz and sway in circles

around and around as we try

to find our footing,

our place,

in this relationship to one…

HAS ANYONE HURT, THREATENED, OR FRIGHTENED YOU SINCE YOU CAME TO THE UNITED STATES?

For many immigrants to the US, the physical trip to the United States is not the end of the hardships and dangers of their immigration journey.  Even after crossing the border into the US, immigrants tell stories of cruel Border…

CLEARING A WAY FOR LEARNING

On Monday “when Jesus entered the Temple, Jesus drove out all those who were selling and buying there.  He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those selling doves” (Matthew 21:12).

 

The desecration of the…

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