Look at the Birds

Look at the Birds

I love birds, and always have. As a child, they caught my attention out in the countryside, and I would watch them intently through the window while I was munching down my breakfast before school. Slowly I started to notice their distinctions and began to identify...
Pathways to Reconciliation

Pathways to Reconciliation

My favorite elementary school project was on the animals of the Serengeti plains in Africa. But the two other members of my team were not so enthusiastic, and were happy to let me do all the work. We got a good grade and were all commended when we presented it, but I...
Laying the Axe to the Root of Injustice

Laying the Axe to the Root of Injustice

On Monday, we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Few people in recent history have challenged such painful and seemingly intractable injustice and captured the imagination of a whole culture with a dream of an alternative future. In the face of...
Only Love Can Do That

Only Love Can Do That

I’ll be honest: I do not like Mr. Trump. I don’t like his policies. I can’t stand the boasting, the belittling, the bullying, and the addiction to ratings. I’m appalled by the rhetoric that sounds (to me) racist, sexist and chauvinistic. It’s outrageous how this kind...

Grateful Rest

My parents grew up in relative poverty in England in the early part of the twentieth century, when there was very little economic opportunity. Neither of them was able to finish school or could afford to go to college. My mother lived with her three brothers in a...

On World Refugee Day

On vacation last summer, my wife and I made a road-stop in a small town in South Carolina. We found a great little coffee shop overlooking a picturesque harbor, and settled in to enjoy a moment of peace and quiet conversation. We obviously weren’t quiet enough because...