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no place Love won’t go

When I heard about the need for medical volunteers in Togo, I quickly volunteered to go.  It was only after I made the 3-month commitment that I began reading more about the country.  I learned that Togo is a country of close to 8 million people, located in West Africa, bordering Ghana, Benin and Burkina […]

charlottesville

Questions for the men who chant ‘Blood and Soil.’ Questions for the rest of us.

 “Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking…” – Ghandi I’m heartbroken about what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, yesterday. I’m incredulous at the photos of hoards of white men with raised torches, clenched fists, angry eyes and hateful sneers. In college I did an extensive research project on the KKK.  As I forced myself to experience yesterday […]

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tough as nails

Last week, two men on a MAX train in Portland stepped in to defend two Muslim girls from a man who was verbally attacking them.  It’s the same train where I met the Somali girls and their mom in 2010. My encounter with Muslim refugees on the MAX led to a beautiful relationship and a […]

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the truth that saves us all

For God so loved the world. Maybe the most well-known words from the sacred book I’ve been reading all my life. For God so loved the world.  Six simple, monosyllabic words — but words that matter more than anything else that can be said about God. To borrow from the poet Christian Wyman, in this grain […]