November 3, 2018

    I’m always dismayed when I hear yet another example of the widespread ignorance and prejudice against Islam in America.  But I’m particularly upset when that misinformation comes from Christian religious leaders.  Such an incident occurred earlier this year when the no...

    June 29, 2018

    I know a thing or two about the power of fear.  I was grounded by a fear of flying a number of years ago.  I traveled to Europe twice in a cheap cabin deep in the belly of the Queen Elizabeth 2 near the rumbling engines because I couldn’t bring myself to get on an airp...

    May 26, 2018

    I have here in my office a little bit of beauty and goodness from a region currently in the grip of violence and despair.  Next to me as I write are two paintings from Gaza.  Along with them is the memory of “Gaza Child,” (Photo 1), a lovely painting which has already...

    March 29, 2018

    While we should pray for all of the people who make up the diverse religious mosaic of Syria —  Alawites, Christians, Druze, Jews and Sunni Muslims — sometimes it’s helpful to have some specific people to pray for.  This Holy Week, here is a suggestion:  offer a specia...

    March 23, 2018

    During the time Sadaam Hussein was ruling Iraq, I made six trips there to deliver humanitarian supplies and to see what I could do to help end the deadly economic sanctions that the United Nations had imposed on the people of Iraq at the request of the United States....

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