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 ‘neighborlines...

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...

Bethany: Redefining the neighborhood school

When Jesus answers the question “Who is my neighbor?” in the parable of the Good Samaritan, he challenges us to think not simply of that person who looks like us, or who lives next door to us, or who drives the...

Community begins in the face of a stranger

“What is the name of the street you grew up on?” “What elementary school did you attend?” These are a couple of typical security questions you might see when setting up online banking or bill payment. I always ...

Go, and do likewise

From the parable of the Good Samaritan: “Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go...