People and boxes

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve spent most of my professional life stereotyping people. Of course, we didn’t call it stereotyping. We called it market segmentation. You and I have been grouped into so many m...

It is time to stop the stigma

A few years ago, a coworker died as a result of cancer. During her illness and treatment, there was an outpouring of help, including meals for the family. After her death, her closest coworkers formed a team that participated in the annual cancer fund raising ...

Reconciliation or not?

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry recently said, “One of the most important statements of our time was given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when he said we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or we will perish together as fools – the choice is ou...

Pilgrimage, like life, all about the journey

We followed a yellow arrow for 31 days. Sometimes it was a sign or marker engraved with a scallop shell, pointing us in the right direction. We walked on natural paths, paved roads and rocky trails, crossed wat...

Privilege and bias: Never stop learning

When our boys’ neighborhood friends play with toy guns or hide and seek in the neighborhood at night, we will have to tell our sons they cannot go out and play. For the sake of our two sons, now ages four and ...

God deep in the wounds: Disability and the Way of Life

The priest rises from his wheelchair and balances just so, holding on to a handle added to the back of the wooden altar by a loving congregation. “How appropriate, holding on to the altar for dear life,” the priest muses.  Lifting the bread... “This is my B...

A view from the “middle”

Joelle and Manoj Zacharia We are “coconuts.” On the Indian sub-continent, we are viewed as “brown” on the outside and “white” on the inside, for we have the privilege of spending a majority of our lives awa...