Asylum | Crossing Borders | Essay | Humanitarianism | Politics | Social Issues

Man’s Inhumanity to Man

June 28, 2018
US - Mexico Border at McAllen TX

  Recent media focus has been on our government’s inhumane treatment of asylum seekers. As individuals, we must rise above such actions. Historical Note About the Phrase, “Man’s Inhumanity to Man” In 1784, Robert Burns wrote the poem, Man was made to Mourn: A Dirge: History records the possibility that Burns reworded a similar quote from a […]

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Changes | Landscapes | Social Issues

Reflection on Changing Landscapes

September 20, 2017

As we move from summer to autumn, changes appear all around us. We notice changes in tree colors, smells in the air, cooler temperatures, and the length of days. We even note changes in how our bodies feel.

A larger scope allows us to see larger and often destructive changes all around us. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and raging wildfires across our country left much destruction. In our treatment of each other, we sense the destruction of community.

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Book Reviews | Christian Life | Memoir | Religion | Social Issues | Spiritual Growth

Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith by D.L. Mayfield | Book Review

January 30, 2017

Before beginning this book review, I want to point out that my scheduling of this book for review was well in place before the Executive Order signed on Friday, January 27, 2017, went into effect. However, Divine Providence likely knew of the events to come, and as D.L. Mayfield’s memoir shares the author’s experiences working with and living among refugees and immigrants in my hometown, Portland, Oregon, it is definitely a good time to look at what Mayfield’s thoughts and reactions are to her experiences

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