Honoring the Sabbath When You’re Out of Work

“Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. The seventh day is a Sabbath to Yahweh your God, you shall do no work that day” (Exodus 20:8-10). How many times have you sat during a service only to hear some minister...

When Burial’s Unaffordable, Grief Compounds

I have been exploring the funeral and burial customs of impoverished people in the Latino community of upstate South Carolina. I began doing this recently after considering the high cost of funerals in general. Some impoverished Latinos could not claim the bodies of...

Christmas Toy Drives Require Immigration Check

One of the reasons I wanted to move to Houston 12 years ago was the city’s multiracial environment. I wanted my children to grow up to be world citizens, not just middle-class Anglos from the Deep South. I love my city. You can get empanadas from Columbians and...