The work in Haiti remains unfinished in the main -- and that is because Haiti, pre-quake, could not withstand the pressure from such a catastrophic event, making rebuilding and recovery all the more harder.
Upon reflecting this season, I have asked myself, what does it mean to wait in December 2013? On the surface, waiting can seem like a passive experience in standing by for external forces to act. And in our world, far too many people are stuck waiting for relief.
As we reflect on these migrant journeys in Scripture, particularly as we head towards Christmas, let our Advent this year be about expectant waiting and preparation for a reform long-sought, heralding new, whole, welcoming communities.
When Congress decides to end the shutdown -- which it must do at some point -- our national leaders will need to prove that they can still get things done. Immigration reform should be at the top of that list.
During Irene I learned so much about what was and was not helpful during a natural disaster. With the recent destruction in Oklahoma, I offer these five suggestions to people of faith who wish to respond.
As I took my seat, I felt a strong spirit of anticipation and hope fill the auditorium, as if every heart was saying "The time is now. Our communities yearn for justice. For family unity. For citizenship. For reform."
The struggle for me during these times is how to not treat such times as some voyeuristic movie experience that can be paused or halted by powering down my device, but instead find a healthy way to participate in the healing and support.
At this time of year, our world can seem very far indeed from Pakistan's harsh realities. I had hoped that the news from Pakistan would be, at best, mixed. But the news remains tough and largely discomforting.