Category Archives: Current Events

A Time to be Silent

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It’s surreal walking into a grocery store – one of the few places I walk into these days – and observe everyone covering their mouths and noses with a mask. I don’t find it odd anymore. Masks are necessary, but … Continue reading

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A Lament

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It was a rainy day. Skimming the headlines, I quickly realized the newspaper was going to make it gloomier. When I sat down to read my Bible I decided to read Lamentations. It seemed appropriate. Lamentations is a short book … Continue reading

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I Can’t Breathe

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The phrase I can’t breathe has deeper meaning every day. A month or two ago, it meant that Covid-19 sufferers were struggling to breathe, being put on ventilators, and some of them dying. We watched in grief and apprehension. Last … Continue reading

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Do Refugees Cost Too Much?

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Many Americans believe that refugees take jobs away from citizens who need them and take resources away from disadvantaged Americans. Is that true? I started to google “do refugees take our jobs?” and when I entered “do refugees…” the following … Continue reading

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Communication: NPR, Facebook, The Declaration of Independence and the Bible

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Communication is not as easy as it seems. We each speak, write and interpret words based on our experience, education, opinions, and temperament. Without understanding the individual who is communicating or the context from which the message arises, the possibilities for … Continue reading

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Five Minutes of Refugee Reading

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Do you have five minutes to educate yourself about refugees? If so, keep reading. Conversations with friends about refugees go something like this, “The number of refugees world wide is going up and refugee resettlement in the US is down … Continue reading

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Cultural Pressure and Finding Freedom

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“What will people think?” We may not have that conscious thought when we communicate, post on social media, or decide what to wear, but let’s be honest, it is always in the back of our minds. A book, The Invention of … Continue reading

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Lines in the Sand: Guns and Refugees

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Back in February, while flipping through Facebook, I clicked on a World Relief video about immigration and an article by Brene Brown on gun control. The first demonstrated what the second described – a line in sand mentality that cuts off … Continue reading

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Charlottesville, Harvey and Compassion

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The unsettling rally in Charlottesville took place over three weeks ago, and in its wake we saw protests, removal of confederate statues, and a number of thoughtful news stories and editorials. Hurricane Harvey blew through southern Texas dumping massive amounts … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at Refugees

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Refugees were big news a couple months ago, but unfortunately the national discussion has moved on. President Trump has decided that there will be fewer refugees allowed into the U.S. this year. Last year the number of refugees was 110,000; this year it … Continue reading

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