By Gail Anderson, Minnesota Council of Churches On a wintry afternoon in the last week of February Mariam, age 30, arrived in the Twin Cities on a flight from Turkey. She and her family had taken refuge there after fleeing violence and anarchy in her home country of Somalia. She has had no permanent home
Editor’s Note: The following is a poem by Charles Curry written on the occasion of Advent but nevertheless relevant in this later season. There was a shooting yesterday. A man killed his wife. The police killed him. There was another the day before yesterday. Friends killed each other over some small matter. A few weeks
By Gail Anderson From a Taking Heart dinner, May 2008. What would you do if you saw a store clerk refusing to serve a Muslim customer? That was the question explored in a recent ABC news story. We will be using that video as our discussion starter at the next Taking Heart, at 6 p.m.
By Gail Anderson How do we take heart in times like these?
By Marcia Lynx Qualey, Engage Minnesota From a Taking Heart picnic, summer 2007. Gail Anderson isn’t asking you to make a new best friend. “I think if next Wednesday night, we get a number of Christians to walk into a mosque— that’ve never been in a mosque before—then I think we’ve done something,” said Anderson,