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Ford, Kavanaugh and Columbus Day

. . .and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. (John 8:32) I’ve been debating whether or not to chime in on the national conversation about the Dr. Ford/Judge Kavanaugh hearings. The story of our country includes the narrative that our European ancestors came here to escape the tyranny of a hierarchy of royalty and high-ranking church leaders. When the Europeans settled here they essentially recreated that hierarchy with different […]

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Labor Day and Child Labor

The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. Carl Jung When I was a camp director I took a call one day from a mother who wanted to interview me to determine whether or not she would send her eight-year-old son to our camp for a week. I described a typical camp day and asked her if she had any questions. She did. “Do you apply sunscreen to […]

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Conflict and Civility: “Can’t We All Just Get Along?”

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3)  “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” History suggests we cannot all just get along. Conflict has replaced civility in our public places. This quote is a paraphrase of something Los Angeles taxi driver, Rodney King, said in 1992 when riots spread destruction, death, and terror across the […]

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Borders and Barriers

In a few days we’ll be out waving flags, grilling burgers and hotdogs, and watching fireworks to celebrate our independence. In the 1600 and 1700’s European countries, especially England, launched hundreds of ships full of immigrants who eventually established what became the United States of America. By the mid-1700’s those immigrants concluded the oppression from the British Empire was intolerable. Patrick Henry’s cry, “Give me liberty or give me death,” resonated with enough people that […]

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Earth Day 2018

Earth Day is April 22. We still need a national day to pay tribute to Mother Nature. I grew up overlooking Lake Erie from my second floor bedroom in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cuyahoga River winds its U-shaped way through the heart of downtown, emptying into the lake. We were banned from swimming in Lake Erie for several years because the lake was so polluted our parents were sure we’d get polio if we swam in […]

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