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 ...

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...

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 laug...

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 an unfaithful wife, and Chapter 23, the allegory of...

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...