Along the Refugee Journey of Jesus

My last blog post was titled “RefuJesus” about Jesus being a refugee and what that means in this current era.  Right now we have the greatest refugee crisis in the world since World War II.  Meanwhile the U.S., led by President Trump, is closing its doors on refugees out of fear for the terrorist who… Read more »


During this Christmas season refugees are in the news whether coming from Syria or other war-torn lands or because of President-elect Trump talking about stopping immigration of Muslims to the United States.  Yet a key part of the Christmas story is that Jesus was a refugee.  King Herod sent his death squads to execute boy… Read more »

Hopes for Peace Coming from the Margins

In many conflicts the larger “players” in a conflict get locked into the cycles of recrimination, retaliation, and violence.  Smaller groups at the margins may just try to keep their heads down and try to survive.  As the old African proverb says, “When the elephants fight the grass suffers.”  So the grassroots margins just hope… Read more »

Memory and a Museum

In our trauma healing work a key concern is the narrative we construct to tell the story of what happened.  That memory can lead to a twisted us versus them story, a story of good versus evil that then dehumanizes the other and justifies the next cycle of violence.  Or the memory can be more… Read more »

Clowns for Peace

There has been a lot in the news in the U.S. lately about people dressed up as clowns and engaging in threatening, annoying, and sometimes criminal behavior.  In my own city someone was going around in a clown outfit brandishing a large knife, while in nearby suburbs some clowns have committed armed robberies.  Clowns are… Read more »