Do My Ancestors Matter?

The road to Bethlehem began in the northern town of Nazareth, a tiny backwater town in the Galilee region known for heavy accents and backward thinking. José hoisted the last of the luggage before helping his betrothed María, now with child, onto the animal. Together they set out on the long journey to fulfill the […]

When Anger Points to Racial Reconciliation

By Allison Harrell While scrolling social media on September 7, I find out that a man named Botham Jean was murdered in his apartment by an uniformed off-duty police officer the night before. My mind swirls. So many headlines grab my attention. I read through a few articles, but nothing makes sense. There are clearly […]

Peace Is Not Dead Yet

Bethlehem isn’t far from Jerusalem. It’s maybe just a 10-minute drive. Our taxi was waved through the checkpoint. As we took the worn asphalt road toward Star Street, Claude asked our driver what he thought of Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority that controls parts of the West Bank. He turned toward the […]

Venture Into the Messy Middle

By Hannah Pitner | Twitter:@hannahpitner I spent a couple of early morning hours standing on the side of the street in a part of town where you might lock your car as you stop at a red light. One word floated in my head as I began the five-minute drive home along a badly paved […]

Finding My Happy Again

I homeschooled my boys for two years during their pre-K and middle school years. My son had been dealing with anxiety. (Hormone-induced.) Things that was normal for most, brought on episodes of panic for him. So, we came to a family decision that he just needed a safety net, and that was our home. It […]