These last few weeks have been very difficult for everyone in the young adult volunteer house of Sahuarita. Many of us are struggling with relationships in the church, stressful moments within our community, and difficulties with our job placements. Continue reading ‘We are Volunteers Because We Care’
I’ve been holding off on a post addressing the events of last Saturday in Tucson. I needed time to process, contemplate, and better understand the feelings that have been mulling through my heart and mind since a gunman violently attacked Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 19 other victims with a semi-automatic rifle outside a Safeway in north Tucson. Continue reading ‘A Light Shines in the Darkness’
Sometimes, even when you’re living in service of God and community, your life gets you caught up. Struggles with loneliness and a constant desire to feel a sense of place tend to get in the way of the bigger picture. You get stuck on the little things, the daily problems, instead of remember what put you there in the first place. Perhaps that’s what has happened to me lately and can at least slightly explain why I haven’t posted in ages. Continue reading ‘When Life Gets in the Way’
Can you find the face of God in a prison? We know that Jesus dined with the tax collector, touched the leper, and even loved the sinner, but would he really spend time with a criminal? After spending just a few hours with inmates, I realized that the struggle of a prisoner may be more Christ-like than one would imagine. God doesn’t just visit prisons. God lives there. Continue reading ‘Huesos Secos’
Tonight I sat on my back porch to enjoy the night air and the quiet of the desert. From my backyard, there are very few lights: I can see the blinking red light of the radio tower a few miles to the east, the faint yellow light from the dump, the stars, and the eery glow from the desert in front of me. It is peaceful, beautiful even. Continue reading ‘Peace in the Desert’
There is no doubt in my mind that the border has religion. The Arizona border region as well as the surrounding border states are teeming with church groups, missionaries, faith delegations, and young adult volunteers from across the faith spectrum. There are interfaith services in protest of the militarization of the border and prayer vigils for those who die in the desert. Immigration is an important social justice cause for many faith-based organizations because there is no question that “no human being is illegal”. Continue reading ‘God and the Border’
Arizona’s political activity has been put under an international microscope in the past year, but the state’s government may not actually represent its own population. Divisive campaigns, exclusionary legislation, and the deep distrust have driven many away from the political culture of the state. Simply put there are many Arizonans whose voices aren’t included in the political discussion and not necessarily because of party affiliation. Many individuals are excluded because they are Latino.