Immigration, Foster Care and Tenacious Motherly Love: A Conversation With Gena Thomas & Leslie Verner

Email subscribers, please click through to the website to watch the video. In Gena Thomas’ new book Separated by the Border: A Birth Mother, a Foster Mother, and a Migrant Child’s 3,000-Mile Journey, she tells the harrowing story of Julia, the 5-year-old girl who traveled from Honduras to the United States with her mother. After […]

The Red Couch: Once We Were Strangers Discussion

I once had a friend from Brazil who became my unexpected house guest. We first met as student missionary teachers in Puerto Rico when I was 19 years old. Once the school year ended, she moved with me to my house in California where we also planned to work as camp counselors together. Because she […]

The Red Couch: Once We Were Strangers Introduction

Those of us who want to serve others like programs and events. They have defined timelines and expected outcomes. We get to show up and give money or time to a cause. And then we get to walk away. Reading Shawn Smucker’s memoir Once We Were Strangers, I was reminded of the time my “program” of […]

The Red Couch: No Other Gods Discussion

I knew the Rosary and the Ten Commandments before I knew the Pledge of Allegiance. I knew the Stations of the Cross before I ever heard we had a constitution of the United States. When we were little the priest caught my brothers drinking the holy water and daring their buddies to do the same. […]

Why I Read Controversial Books With My Kid

My seven-year-old daughter and I just finished reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It took us all summer with stops and starts because of camping trips and visits with family. I was amazed at how engaged Bea was in the story since this was the first “capital L” piece of literature we tried. About halfway […]