Year 2015

Bonne Annee – “Happy New Year”

Twenty years ago today I was walking through the Rwanda refugee camps surrounding Goma, Zaire (now the Democratic of the Congo). This was not the typical Christmas break experience for a college student.  Traveling as a designated observer for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), one of CWS’s long-time partners, my task was simple: […]

Christmas Eve reflections

In his Gospel, Matthew writes, “Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way.” Luke opened his text noting, “I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you…” The Christmas narrative we revere today is the result of scholarly work. In fact, all […]

Oh Holy Day

Don’t we all have that one person (or those dozen people) in our lives for whom, every year – every single solitary stinkin’ year – we think: Oh holy day. WHAT are we going to get (him/her/them) this year? EVERY year, we ask ourselves this question, right?! Often more than once. Often with such inner […]

Church World Service Applauds Timely Omnibus Vote

WASHINGTON – Following today’s passage of the omnibus appropriations bill, Church World Service welcomed the timely vote that ensures funding for the vital functions of the U.S. government. To see the organization’s full statement on the omnibus, please click here. Since 1946, international humanitarian organization Church World Service has assisted displaced individuals internationally and resettled […]

Church World Service Encouraged that Omnibus Does Not Include Anti-Refugee Provisions

WASHINGTON – Following the public release of the Omnibus agreement between House and Senate leadership, Church World Service welcomed the fact that the bill does not include provisions to halt the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. “The world is facing the largest refugee crisis since the end of World War II. Congress must ensure […]


Last week I made a new friend.  Her name is Leena Ayesh, and she is a 17 year old Muslim youth who lives in Columbus, Ohio with her family.  She attends a local school and she knew a lot more about my iPhone than I did, just like my own 17 year old daughter! Leena […]

COP21: World leaders must listen now on climate change

Pope Francis could not have been any clearer in his message: We, as humans, have a clear duty to take care of creation and protect “our common home.” It is not just about the planet, but also a concern for people, for individuals, families and communities whose lives are being transformed by climate change. Let […]