On the Longing for Home

On the Longing for Home

Most adults in the United States remember a close relative who was not born here. My family emigrated from the region alternately claimed by Ukraine, Poland and Russia. Yours may have come from Italy, Morocco, Guatemala, Ghana. Namira Islam Anani’s family came from...
Have You Heard of the ‘Umms’?

Have You Heard of the ‘Umms’?

Why there is a growing lack of church attendance across the U.S. seems to be a perpetual question, spanning at least the last quarter-century of my adult life. Mike Moore’s Christianity Today article, “The Rise of the ‘Umms’,” joins the chorus of people trying to make...
You Can’t Sell a Church

You Can’t Sell a Church

“But mama, how can we sell our church? Where will we go on Sunday-church-days? Can I still wear my click-clack shoes?” The lispy question hung in the air as we drove home from the last town hall in a series of tough discussions about the future of our church. Her...
Count Each Day

Count Each Day

There was something notably different about the gravestones in the Myer Homestead cemetery than the markers seen in so many other burial places. Established in 1759, the cemetery — with both aging headstones and freshly turned dirt — serves as the final resting place...
All Who Are Hungry, Come and Eat

All Who Are Hungry, Come and Eat

My wife and I may be the only family to have designed a home around two consecutive nights each year. We have always taken seriously the declaration of the Passover seder – all who are hungry, come and eat; all who need to do so, come and partake of the Passover...