Massacre of the Innocents

Massacre of the Innocents, Guido Reni A child understands fear, and the hurt and hate it brings – Nadine Gordimer The bombing of a maternity hospital. The shelling of a theater where hundreds of terrified citizens, including infants and children, took shelter. A city and country under siege. The news is horrible. Everything is horrible. … Continue reading Massacre of the Innocents

Wars and Rumors of Wars

It was Sunday morning, Feb. 27, and I was getting ready to deliver my final sermon at church. Shortly after 9 am I received a push notification that Vladimir Putin, just days after invading Ukraine, elevated Russia’s nuclear forces to “special combat readiness.” This is Russia’s highest level of alert. It was a surreal moment … Continue reading Wars and Rumors of Wars

Hidden History: The Tillery Resettlement

(This was originally posted on the excellent blog, All the Biscuits in Georgia. Please check them out.) Many cultures have ceremonies or observances that mark significant milestones in the journey from youth to adulthood. For example, the Jewish faith has its Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, the Indigenous Australians mark the passage into adulthood with a … Continue reading Hidden History: The Tillery Resettlement