Veteran’s Day: War on Every Shore (Mark 13:1-8)

By Shively Smith.Faith communities are uniquely positioned to help military families and veterans. It is so easy to read Mark and think of war as far off—especially if you are someone living in a neighborhood or region that has a semblance of peaceful times. For non-military families and organizations it is easy to miss that “wars and rumors of wars” mean families, perhaps right next door to us, are bracing for the possibility that parents or children may be leaving soon. Annually, on Nove … [Read more...]

Our Children Are Us (Psalm 127)

By Cari Jackson. The Alhambra Police Department in California created the Youth Diversion Program to keep kids in school and out of prison. In every moment, we are every age we have ever been, according to psychologist Carl Rogers. For me this means, our bodies are like a bus riding down the highway of life and all of the passengers are who we have been at every age. As we travel through life, somethings we see, hear and experience evoke feelings of great joy, love, and calm or … [Read more...]

Domestic Violence: Are the Children Safe? (Mark 10:2-16)

By Luke Powery.Safe Havens educates faith leaders on how to recognize and respond to domestic violence. There are many reasons for divorces and one of them is domestic violence. It’s true that there are women and men who experience domestic violence and never leave the marriage; they only want to cleave while others leave for their dear life. Domestic violence can be viewed as family violence but there are family members from whom we may rarely hear in these situations, namely children. M … [Read more...]

The Wizard Is In: Or Is He?

By Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-SolesOn September 25, 2012, President Obama presented new initiatives to address human trafficking in America. He did this as the President of the United States, but I know he also did it as a parent of two children. How do I know? He said so: "When a little girl is sold by her impoverished family, or girls my daughters' ages run away from home and are lured -- that's slavery.”The Quest to End Child TraffickingLeaders across the faith s … [Read more...]

Luke 2:22-40 – How Are We Caring for Our Children Today?

By Susan K. HedahlThe enactment of religious rituals for children in the Jewish faith of Jesus’ time is the background of this only biblical glimpse we have of Jesus’ early infancy.   This luminous text of hope from Luke’s Gospel is pictorial in its rendering of Jesus presentation at the temple.   As a newborn, he is brought by his parents to be circumcised and officially named, following the custom of their faith. … [Read more...]


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