"Recently I traveled to Germany as part of a delegation from the New York Conference of the UCC. We were there to learn, first hand, what the churches are doing to deal with the refugee crisis. Since 2015, Germany has received approximately one million refugees, out of a total population of 80 million. The country was completely unprepared for this massive influx and so the German government called upon the German churches to help fill in the gap. And they did and they are, in amazing and bold and innovative ways..."
I have been trying to grab hold of Jesus for as long as I can remember. As a young teenager, I had this incredible oversized 3-D postcard of the Shroud of Turin. The thing was awesome. If you held it to the light one way, you saw an artist’s rendering of the face of Jesus, inspired by a photographic negative of the Shroud. It was a death mask, eyes closed. But if you moved the postcard the other way, the eyes of Jesus would open. I spent hours flipping back and forth and watching those eyes open and close. And I used to wonder: “What if I am looking at the very face of Jesus the moment he was resurrected?”