As rigorous debates surround the ethics and oversight of foreign assistance endeavors, one of the more innovative contributions to this important conversation was produced by South Africa's renowned theologian, the late Steve de Gruchy.
Did I make it? Yes I did. Not even my husband Glenn realized what was going on, until we'd sat down in our car and I hiked my skirt up a couple of inches to show him what I'd been dealing with.
The first time I met Carmine Pikero, the man who would become my father-in-law, he was standing in the parking lot at Stamford (now Trinity) Catholic High School in my hometown of Stamford, Connecticut.
With names like Shooting Play, Army Machine Gun and Rapid Firing Gun, are we not pretending that these toys are doing anything other than re-enacting death and destruction in a play format?
On the way home from Mass last Saturday night, I asked my husband what he took away from the Mass. He shared and then asked me the same question. I am sure he wish he hadn't asked because I went into a long discourse about the biblical character King Herod.
Beginning with Thanksgiving and traveling right through to Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and into the New Year, family time is precious and plenty and for some, the adoption experience can take on a particular level of poignancy.
Christmas trees at Potomac Garden Center are still lined up in crisp, even rows. A sign advertises: "All Christmas Trees 50% Off." The lot is quiet at the moment, but this morning the nursery sold two Christmas trees, and expects to continue selling through New Year's day and beyond.
The holidays have past. Millions around the world feverishly dreamt of what awaited them on Christmas morning. Behind the scenes the true unsung her...
My family and I made our first journey to the Holy Land in 2015 and spent Christmas in Bethlehem, where, for Christians, it all began. Many picture Bethlehem as it is romantically depicted on Christmas cards: sweet, clean, calm. What I found, however, was different.
Just how long should my neighbors leave their lights up? My friend, Mark, is of the opinion that Christmas lights are for Christmas. The moment Santa and his reindeer take off, he believes, you should be up on the ladder taking them down.
("Happy" -- Photo Credit: Stacie Huckeba) This is "Happy." I met him Christmas morning. My friend Rod Picott and I spent our Christmas driving aroun...
With our worship of wealth and our love of trash, combined with our historical racism and xenophobia, so entrenched that a Supreme Court justice feels free to spew racism from the bench, we run the risk of getting exactly the president that we deserve.
Something special happens to Churches in Israel on Christmas eve. They fill up. Unexpectedly, and in strong contrast to the various expressions of religious tension, a moment of interfaith engagement takes place every year on Christmas eve in Israel's churches.
For fun I count how many times they say "Mama" while I prepare a meal they'll never eat. At 29, I quit counting.
This holiday season, our family has been graced with a whole lot of laughter, wonderful times with family, an abundance of gifts, and one seasonal son...
For many people, this time of year is magic. Whether you're Christian, Jewish or Muslim, there are traditions and celebrations galore. The smell...