Psychiatrist Lawson Wulsin is a member of my writers’ group. I value his senses of balance and humor, especially in this crazy coronavirus time. His book Treating the Aching Heart: A Guide to Depression, Stress, and Heart Disease is a comprehensive study of heart disease, and his Mind Matters columns in the Cincinnati Enquirer are worth…

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A few weeks ago in Zoom church, Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship prayed the Lord’s Prayer, Psalm 23. Since it is part of a lectionary tradition, a great number of churches re-examined this psalm, as well.  Photo by Jared van der Molen on Unsplash In our small church, we ask different congregants to give the Sunday welcoming…

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Hello, All. My friend, Diane Gottlieb, is an expert blogger. She writes the blog WomanPause. WomanPause is about life after 50, and Diane explores everything from invisibility to the she-ro. With her background in creative nonfiction, Diane is a consummate interviewer, and she makes the most of her guests’ unique perceptions about life. I’m honored…

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Friends, in this time-out of taking care of my husband and dear friend in the aftermath of his heart attack: ___________________________________________________ while the world comes to terms with a pandemic: (New York Times, March 18, ‘These Places Could Run Out of Hospital Beds as Coronavirus Spreads’) ____________________________________________________ I offer this thoughtful poem by my niece,…

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Recently, a friend and fellow blogger, Diane Gottlieb, asked me about my Anabaptist background. Diane writes the wonderful blog WomanPause, regarding women in the glorious years. Her questions made me think of a memory I wrote in response to J Daniel Hess’s presentation at one of the previous Mennonite Arts Weekends. The Weekend is coming up again in a few…

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“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion. Bewilderment brings intuitive knowledge.” Rumi I did want to write about whether Christians must believe in the virgin birth to be christian. Wouldn’t it be a great exercise in Courage to tackle that subject during this season? I thought. What would I find and how…

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What then must we do? Twice per month, our urban church hosts a community meal. I admire the planners, cooks, servers, clean-up crews, and especially those who sit and talk to the people who come in. By now, it is a tight-knit group with steady attendance. Meals are not only served but packed up for…

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She is skeleton-skinny, and her face has the acne marks of the heroin user. She’s clever, but she talks too fast and her eyes bore in. I ask around at church and find that she has a different story for everyone: needs cash for a bus to pick up her car, needs cash for the…

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Exodus 1: 8-14, where the Egyptians oppress their Jewish slaves, and Ex. 3: 1-15, where God calls Moses at the burning bush. (Links are provided to the highly recommended books/sermon below. The bold print is mine.) As I thought about these passages, I wanted to examine three things: systems that oppress, people who oppress, and…

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