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A Response to the Shooting at Grambling

In the early hours of Sunday morning shots rang out in the quad area of Grambling State University in the midst of Homecoming celebrations. As of this writing, one person has died, one is in hospital with critical injuries, and five sustained non-life threatening...
How Grace Works

How Grace Works

I’ve been thinking about power lately. About how it can heal and how it can destroy. About how it can raise people up and how it can diminish them. Grace is one sort of power. Violence is another. The late Norman Maclean’s lovely story “A River Runs Through It”...
When Your God Dies

When Your God Dies

No matter who you are, you’re going to worship something. You may reject every notion of a supreme being or life after death or even universal moral principles. Nevertheless, you’re going to worship something. You’re going to tap into something that makes your life...
Never Again

Never Again

“This is where your mother would have been forced to stand when she first passed through the camp gates. It’s called the Wailing Wall.” Rupert is on staff at what was once Mauthausen Concentration Camp. The granite walls, the imposing guard towers, the barracks, the...
So Far

So Far

On Wednesday seventeen people were killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Three adults. Fourteen teenagers. The assault rifle-wielding killer is nineteen. In addition to being Ash Wednesday, it was Valentine’s Day. The...