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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)

Like most citizens of the United States, I descend from immigrants. One English branch in the 1600’s, another English branch in the 1700’s; and two in the wave if German immigrants in the late 1800’s. Perhaps that is why I am so drawn to the plight of 21st Century immigrants. I am grateful Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services goes on my behalf to offer support and resources to today’s immigrants and refugees. In 2018 alone […]

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Summer Camp Is Good for Your Career

It’s spring break where I live. That means it’s time to make summer plans. I encourage young adults to consider spending the summer on staff at a summer camp site. Having worked as the Executive Director of a Lutheran camp and retreat ministry, I can think of no better preparation for the “real world” than a summer camp job. I’ve watched the tremendous emotional and mental growth summer camp jobs have had on both my […]

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Lutheran Disaster Reponse

Lutheran Disaster Response

It’s been nineteen months since Hurricane Harvey turned the area around my home into a lake. Though some homes have been rebuilt, many remain vacant except for contractor crews working on them. Some businesses are open again but many still are not. Several put up a “For Sale” sign. Gone are the closest grocery store, library and recreation center. Also gone are several neighbors who won’t be coming back. Our area is but one very […]

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The Lutheran Community

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12). The Lutheran community has been a major part of my life for fifty years. Within this community I have consistently found friendships, help, and hope.  Since 1985, this community has also provided me a career. Many other expressions of the church universal also do much that benefits the world. One in three people in the global village claim to […]

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Thomas A. Edison

Thomas A. Edison – School Drop to Creative Genius

One reason I am so drawn to the biography of Thomas A. Edison is that his story begins in my home state of Ohio. Becoming an inventor was in his DNA.  His great-grandfather, John Edison, was an inventor in the early 1700’s in New Jersey. Having sided with the Loyalists in the Revolutionary War, John Edison was imprisoned and faced execution until prominent Whig leader saved him from that fate. Edison’s great-grandfather’s land was confiscated […]

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