How Not to Succumb to Numb

We live in a new (ab)normal with mass shootings almost every day of the week. As of this writing, there was shooting in London today, a few days ago San Bernardino, before that Paris, Planned Parenthood, and Minneapolis. And that’s just the big headlines from the last...

When Interfaith Dialogue Doesn't Work

Recently the longstanding Christian-Jewish Roundtable sinned.  As in missed the mark.  Big time. Christian leaders from the group–including representatives of the National Council of Churches, the United Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church and the Presbyterian...

Planting hope. Growing community.

“I didn’t think it would really be possible,” one tree-planter commented, incredulous and smiling.  “I really didn’t.”  Rain dripped down his rain jacket hood and on to his face.  But even the constant rain didn’t dampen his...

The Peace Forest

There I sat at a conference table with Betsy, Saba, Fatuma, Monir and Jeanette. We were not your typical tree-hugger types.  Three of us are Muslim, one is a cradle Christian, one is a former Evangelical Christian with New Thought leanings, and me, well I’m a...