Called to mission with our neighbors

GEMN? When we told people we were going to the GEMN conference some looked at us with a quizzical look like “why would a clergy person be going to a jewelers’ convention?” Acronyms are great for those in the know, but otherwise they can be downright confusing....

Everyone is our neighbor

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, (Galatians 3:28)  This teaching of Jesus that was central to his life and work, was not only revolutionary in His day, ...

Food for thought

The Diocese of Southern Ohio has a long history of mission to inland mariners who work on the boats transporting goods up and down the Ohio River through the Seamen’s Church Institute’s Christmas on the River i...

Microenterprise: Neighbors helping neighbors

Neighbors helping neighbors in Ironton In the heart of Appalachia, jobs – or the lack of them – is a huge issue. Once the big manufacturers left the area, an economy built on shoes, and steel, mining and refin...

Book review: Americanah

Who is our neighbor? An essential question in the face of current political rhetoric around the issue of immigration and rising racial tensions in the US. Who is our neighbor and how do we define ‘neighborliness’? When a lawyer asked Jesus how he might inherit...

An immersion in Russia

During my stay in Sablino, I enjoyed many walks around the town as well as weekly services at St. Nicholas Church. Although I was raised Episcopalian, I find the Russian Orthodox religion fascinating and spiri...