In Defense of Young People

Today, I was meeting with some of my fellow women clergy at Fairmont State University when we were interrupted with the distressing news that police were on the lookout for a young man they considered to be armed and dangerous.  Within a few moments, the news was exasperated by announcement that the students should evacuate... Continue Reading →


At the End of a Long, Hard Week

Finally!  Saturday is here.  It is the end of a very long, hard week.  And tomorrow a new day begins.  But before I let the sun set completely on this day, I can't help but stop and reflect on the week through which we've just come. We witnessed horror as a holiday (in Boston) was... Continue Reading →

A Sampling on Enemies

In light of the events of the past week, I am pretty much emotionally drained when it comes to digging deep to offer a devotion or reflection on all that has happened.  As Secretary of State John Kerry said, "In the past few days we have seen the best and we've seen the worst of... Continue Reading →

Look for the Helpers

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are... Continue Reading →

My Letter To Senator Joe Manchin

This is the letter I have just sent to Senator Joe Manchin regarding his hesitation to speak out for the civil rights of LGBTQ people.   Dear Senator Manchin, I have delayed writing this letter largely because I have not been able to figure out what I should say, exactly. I thought about sharing with... Continue Reading →

End of Watch

The world we live in is not the world we would like it to be.  Even on our happiest, most satisfying day, each of us could quickly rattle off a list of the things we would like to see change.  During my time in the Southern Coalfields the number one issue on most people's list... Continue Reading →

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