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Violins and hope, part 2

In December, Amistad Chapel UCC went to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage to view "Violins of Hope," an exhibit of restored violins from the concentration camps of World War II.

In the Times of Trouble …

If you can keep your head when all around you others are losing theirs . . . These words from the first line of Rudyard Kipling 's iconic poem “If” have inspired me since I was in grade school. 

When Numbers Get Messy

I’m not a “numbers” person by nature. 

Dropping the ‘School’ from Sunday School

“Let’s Ditch Sunday School” is the title of a talk I’ve given in various places and in webinars over the last couple of years.

Who is needed to fulfill your mission?

In mid-December, I attended an “Allies for Equality” reception, sponsored by Equality Ohio, honoring the work of Raymond Bobgan, executive artistic director of Cleveland Public Theatre.

Not Funny

I love award shows, but sometimes the host’s jokes just aren’t funny. 

Prayer for Risking the New

We are in one of those thin places. Christmas and Epiphany have long passed. 

Christmastide Blessings

Together we have celebrated the birth of the Christ child, and we know the wise ones are journeying to bring the newborn king gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 

Violins and hope

Last Sunday after worship, several members of Amistad Chapel UCC traveled to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in an eastern suburb of Cleveland to view –– to experience –– the special exhibit, “Violins of Hope,” a collection of restored violins that “survived” the concentration camps of World War II. 


James Moore tells a story in one of his books about being invited one evening after a speaking engagement to have dinner with a family in their home.