human trafficking

The Hagar Project’s Response to Human Trafficking

Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. So she (Sarai) said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman (Hagar) with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac. (Genesis 16:15 and Gen 21:10) Most images of mothers we see in advertising, movies, and publications reflect middle class standards of living. Though a mother may have her challenges; she also has resources […]

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Kim Knowle-Zeller

Life As A Stay-at-Home-Mom

I read Kimberly’s article in Gather, the magazine for Women of the ELCA. I connected with her thoughts about being a stay-at-home mother. How well I remember those days. I was once a stay-at-home Mom. Within the period of a few months I was asked two questions. First: “How will you feel when your little girls calls the babysitter Momma?” This during a job interview, when we really needed additional income to cover all the bills. […]

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Shakespeare Behind Bars- How Wise Then

Shakespeare Behind Bars

. . . I was in prison and you visited me. (Matthew 24:36) I used to be the walking definition of stage fright. I dropped out of a high school public speaking class, convincing my parents and guidance counselor it was because I couldn’t manage all the classes I’d signed on for that semester. The real reason was I got physically sick every time it was my turn to present a speech. I suppose it’s […]

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Freewheels Houston - How Wise Then

Bicycling to a Better Life

You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 23:9) While our politicians are locked in gridlock debating how to treat immigrants and refugees, my hometown of Houston is busy welcoming strangers, immigrants, and refugees. Nearly one in four Houston area residents were born outside the United States. Over 100,000 of these immigrating residents are entrepreneurs who seek a better life for themselves […]

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Pastor Nancy Kraft - collage

Inside Nancy’s Noodle

Though we’ve not yet met in person, the paths of this guest blogger and I have criss-crossed in several places in the village of ELCA female clergy. Of the many articles I read and news commentaries I’ve heard on this topic, I think Pastor Nancy Kraft said it best. You can follow her on her blog at Inside Nancy’s Noodle.   K.H. Is the World About to Turn? (a reflection on #metoo) By Pastor Nancy Kraft […]

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