Escaping violence comes at a cost

THE ANXIETY OF SEPARATION “Coming to America was a day of worship and praise,” former refugee Blaise told a group of listeners at the Diocese of Southern Ohio Convention in Dublin this past fall, just two mont...

Finding the good in Good Friday

Why do we call something good that was on the surface such a horrific act of violence and that demonstrated the fullness of human depravity? In "Finding the good in Good Friday," the Rev. Ken Wheeler discuss...

About the cover

The cover of this month’s issue, "Violence," is original art by the Rev. Karl Stevens of Columbus. Violence, 2016 About the imagery, Karl writes, “While making this image, I found myself reflecting on the past year and the way in which invisible violenc...

Why is childhood illiteracy a life sentence?

“There’s no fighting here,” a camper announces at Christ Church Cathedral, one of Summer Camp Reading’s eleven sites. “I wish school were like this.” An oasis from bullying. Not all bullying is done by indiv...

Listening to the Whos

Sometime shortly after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Theodor Geisel, better known by his pen-name, Dr. Seuss, made some extremely disparaging remarks about the Japanese people. The normally open-minded and liberal Geisel made no differentiation between...

Becoming instruments of peace

God, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where ...

Jerusalem: I don’t love you and I always will

In this excerpt from Fierce: Women of the Bible and their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation, author Alice Connor reflects on two chapters of Ezekiel – Chapter 16, the allegory of a...

The violence of neglect

Any given day I walk in Franklinton, I hear at least one of the two following things – someone might have a loud argument or a neighborhood visitor could remark about how run-down everything is and sort of laugh at the conditions. These are two small languages...