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Molly and Grandfather

A Quiet Generosity

This is a photo of my grandfather and me. It is from commencement weekend at Tufts University in May 2002. Three years later, we would take a similar photo as I received my MDiv from Yale. And six years after that, he would fly to England to sit in an auditorium and watch me receive a hug from a Baroness and my PhD from the University of Exeter. My … Read →

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My Marriage Isn’t Biblical, Thank God

One of my namesakes is a woman who spent decades trapped in a miserable marriage.  Her story is one of the reasons I often refer to the 1950’s as “the decade of lies.”  Society forced her to lie, pretending that her husband was a good father, that he would never hurt anyone, that they were happy together.  She had nowhere she could go, and no resources to … Read →

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Celebrating the Preacher

"But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!" Amos 5:24 ...One hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in … Read →

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Not a Lone Ranger

I recall the first time I heard of the place that has become my call.  The phone rang while I was at a family picnic.  When the representative from the synod office told me that he had a place in mind for me, I was elated.  Finally, I thought, I would do what I believed God called me to do. I remember the conversation well.  I began asking questions of … Read →