Our culture is obsessed with comic book superheroes. Their movies draw millions at the box office and inspire merchandise for everything from socks to cereal. Perhaps we’re obsessed because our hearts yearn for people to look up to, admire and emulate. Perhaps we create fake heroes because we’ve forgotten what REAL heroes look like. Let … Continue reading American Heroes
As the number of known cases of the novel coronavirus in Oregon doubled Sunday, March 8, Gov. Kate Brown said she was declaring a state of emergency “to ensure that we are able to swiftly deploy the personnel and resources necessary to address coronavirus in Oregon.” (Read Oregonian article to learn more about Oregon’s response … Continue reading The Coronavirus and Communities of Faith
Last week’s news, if not a surprise, was a shock. President Trump set the refugee limit at 18,000 for the coming year, advancing the administration’s sustained effort to dislodge faith communities from their historic involvement in refugee resettlement. As Galen Carey, vice president of government relations for the National Association of Evangelicals has said, this … Continue reading To the Trump Administration: Stop dismantling the refugee resettlement work, America’s greatest faith-government partnership!
Portland’s most recent showdown between Antifa and the Proud Boys wasn’t as violent as perhaps it could have been. But the lead up made it clear to many of us that Oregon is now nationally known for this particular kind of political performance art. This presents us with an open question: what actually changes when … Continue reading The Prophetic edge, mutual accompaniment and the Common Table