Christmases Past: Tales from a White Mom

In our house, Santa was Black. So were some angels, shepherds and wise individuals. The wise ones and shepherds were fairly simple to locate,...

Good Books for Examining Racial History

Betsy Schram, co-owner of The Bookshelf in Madeira, OH, is a long-time member of the Diocesan Stewardship Commission and the Church of the Redeemer....

How Ella Changed My World

Presented on November 17, 2018 at Otterbein University during “Finding Comfort in Discomfort:  A Cross-Racial Dialogue on Race and Racism”, a symposium and collaboration...

A Gift from Middle-earth

by Deacon Jackie Wiliams; Trinity Episcopal Church; Hamilton, Ohio Greetings to the Beloved Community, Recently I heard, in a circle, tearful pain about racism. Since then,...

Intentions, Trust and Forgiveness and the Journey Toward Becoming Beloved Community

The final session of the Repairing the Breach Learning Journey occurred at Procter Center on Saturday, February 8. Fifteen people gathered to continue our...

The two-edged sword of religion: How shall we use it?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, religion is “the belief and worship of a superhuman, controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.” We...

St Luke’s, Granville Commits to Becoming Beloved Community

My name is Michael Ralph and I’m the rector of St. Luke’s Church in Granville. I’m happy to say that St. Luke’s has made...

Finding Comfort in Discomfort: A Cross-Racial Dialogue on Race and Racism

On November 17, 2018 St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Westerville and Otterbein University hosted "Finding Comfort in Discomfort: A Cross-Racial Dialogue On Race and Racism--A...

Truth Telling – A Step in the Four-Fold Path

by MaryBeth Ingram, St Matthew's Westerville; participant of the Learning Journey and host of the Reconvene Group. Some labyrinths are one large winding path going...

Remember your baptism

Each July, child advocates, religious leaders, and young activists gather for the Children’s Defense Fund Institute for Child Advocacy, a week of learning and...