Mother of Exiles

There is a lot I love about this country and at the top of the list is that the United States of America, from its inception, has been a nation of immigrants. One of the least attractive dimensions of my country is the way it has treated the only truly native Americans. But what makes […]

Peace Among Religions

Jonathon Swift, (1667-1745), Irish poet, essayist and satirist, observed that “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another”. I have thought about Swift’s maxim on and off over the years in the midst of church conflicts over controversial issues that became hateful. I thought about […]

Silent Night

Among the most beloved words I know are these: “And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, Praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven And peace among those whom he favors. (or with whom he is pleased)’” The words strike deeply in our hearts whether recited […]