Why Causes Matter

May I confess something to you? Causes exhaust me.
 There is no shortage of worthy causes that demand my attention these days. If you are on social media, you most likely hear the voices of a thousand causes every day. Their invitations to action are inserted between cute cat videos, clever memes, and graduation photos. […]

Hallowed Ground

“This is hallowed ground.” At a community event last year, a political group came and unfurled a large sign promoting their movement. (Who it was is immaterial to this article, so don’t ask… ) Thankfully, we noticed right away. So, we approached them and said as nicely as we could, “Please put that away. We […]

What Love Requires

Sometimes we make this rather bold claim: It is our goal to tell the world a more beautiful, accurate refugee story.  This isn’t our primary mission, but we approach it with the gravitas of a sacred vocation. It’s more like a privilege. A calling, even. We are grateful that small parts of the accurate, beautiful […]

Home Sweet Home

Placemaking  It’s our way of peacemaking.  You’ve helped us recycle old trucks and an old gas station into a place for peace. It costs you something, and it costs us something. But the price we pay is worth it. Peacemaking is like that. Costly, but worth it.  In Amsterdam, an entire prison complex was transformed […]

The Work Ethic of a Refugee

Most of you know that my husband, Bill, and I have four grown sons. They bring us so much joy and pride, especially these days. I can barely remember that season when I fretted over those crazy teenage boys… when I wondered if our sons would ever learn how work hard. When their adolescent entitled attitudes […]

The Questions That Made Dreams Come Alive

Five years ago, a few neighbors and I began to ask some seemingly innocuous questions: What if we could bring people to Clarkston, not to volunteer or gawk or even to donate, but just to hang out with us? Does the rest of the world want that? Would they show up for that? Does our community even […]