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Keeping a Holy Lent

Years ago, when my family and I lived in the Pacific Northwest, we had the opportunity to visit Mount St. Helens. You may know that mountain is a volcano that erupted in deadly, spectacular fashion in May, 1980. [Click here to see a video documentary of the event.] Though I knew about the volcanic eruption’s […]

Happy Thank a Youthworker Day!

We are a unique bunch. That is an understatement. We are also an under appreciated bunch. Almost every day I see a post, or have a phone call, or talk with one of our tribe who is struggling to know that what we do actually matters. It’s a blessing to be able to assure my […]

Occupy Justice

I remember the first time I engaged in a cause. I was in ninth grade and was certain I and my fellow female students at our large public high school faced discrimination. Of all horrors, we had to buy and wear district approved gym suits while male students could wear their own shorts and tees. Fashion (or […]

The Mountain Moved

We have witnessed a miracle. All of us pressing for the closure of the Son of God Orphanage in Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, knew it was rare for the government to enforce its own child welfare laws. There was some convincing evidence that workers within the agency charged with overseeing orphanages were, at best, aware of […]

Haiti: When words can not be allowed to fail

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Often attributed to Edmund Burke, the sentence above has been running through my mind as frequently as I think of Haiti. In the past 24 hours, between bouts of intense agony and anger, it has been at the top of […]