Year 2013

Georgia Church Helps Refugees, Supports Community

As one year ends and another begins, many are taking time to consider what was accomplished in the last 12 months and to plan for what lies ahead. Members of Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, Georgia, have been busy and there are no signs they’re letting up. Amy Crownover of Refugee Resettlement and […]

Through a Humanitarian Lens: An Unusual Year

As originally published by Huffington Post, 12/27/2013, 4:16 p.m. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-herlinger/through-a-humanitarian-le_b_4508556.html If we look at 2013 through a humanitarian lens, what do we see? An unusual year in some ways — a year in which conflict situations nearly equaled natural disasters outside the United States (think Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic) and yet, natural disasters […]

Refugees Follow Jesus’ Path to Egypt

Following the birth of Jesus, a politically insecure Herod wants to know where the new king has been born. Yet the streetwise Magi take another route home, leaving Herod in the dark. The furious king strikes out blindly, sending his troops to Bethlehem to kill all the boys under two years of age. When Joseph […]

In Japan, Many Remain in Limbo as ‘Nuclear Refugees’

Disasters occur. They uproot people. The world pays attention for a bit. And then the world largely forgets what happened to those who survived. It’s part of being human, I guess, but it’s still a too-common scenario. And sad, whenever or wherever it happens. Case in point: the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan […]

During Advent, Waiting for Change

As originally published by Huffington Post, 12/23/2013, 2:08 p.m. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-mccullough/during-advent-waiting-for_b_4493895.html As the church has celebrated during this Advent season, we often hear the expression that “Advent is a season of waiting.” But as I hear this refrain repeated, I wonder if maybe these words have lost their meaning in the commercial rush of Christmas and […]

Church Answers Call to Welcome; Provides Legal Assistance to Immigrants

As many around the world prepare to celebrate Christmas, it’s common to consider what messages the Christmas story holds for us in our daily lives. What does it mean to make room for strangers? For members at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Christian Church the call to extend hospitality is clear, and they have taken action. “We’re […]

“Like New”

Christmas can be a profoundly joy-filled holiday. Beyond all of the gift giving, and gift getting, it is a celebration, for Christians, of the birth of Jesus. The meaning of Christmas can be understood as the incarnation of God’s Kingdom on earth; there is something new born into the world that has the power to […]

Why I Fasted Three Days for Immigration Reform

I never thought that I would have had the will power to fast for more than just a day. And maybe I had a good excuse since most of my friends in the Fast for Families tent agreed that I was already too thin and lanky. However, after I got through the first day of […]

Bumpy Roads

As originally published by Irreverin, December 10, 2013 http://www.patheos.com/blogs/irreverin/2013/12/bumpy-roads/ A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough […]