I do not know how often Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Holy time of the Lenten journey, and Valentine’s Day, a secular celebration of unconditional love, fall on the same day.
This is the only time in my memory that this has occurred, although I am sure it is not the first.
A reflection on The Eve of the 2016 VPI Fundraiser Somewhere in the communities of Papoli, Uganda and Mombin Crochu, Haiti tonight, a child was born. The child was born under the same full moon that shone on that child before it shone on us in Tampa tonight. That child’s mother loves that child just […]
chiseled from black marble the mayor’s face reflects the candle light. I gaze upon the face beautiful in its angles shining in the heat of the night. I listen to the words their music flowing as the sounds rise and fall to a rhythm I cannot understand. he turns his eyes to me and they […]
On February 20 VPI will be sending a medical mission team to Mombin Crochu, Haiti, to work with our friends in this village in the poorest part of this country. The hospital serves those in this mountainous region who have no real access to medical care. We share words written on a previous trip, which […]
“For, more than ever, I realize we are all part of the never ending story of this village, and the myths and legends that surround and define it. More than ever I realize that everything that we do is part of the bigger picture of life, unknown in it’s tellings. Is it really so different […]
The summer solstice has passed, and we turn our faces into the sun to celebrate the slower pace of summertime. It is a time of cherished childhood memories…of watermelon, summer camps, friends gathering on warm rich evenings; of lemonade, sunburned faces, the smell of Coppertone and the long lazy nights that open to a million […]
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Not long ago, I was stopped after the early morning service at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church (PCPC) by Dr. Sylvia Campbell. Dr. Sylvia and I have only known each other for a few short years but are part of a larger “web” of people brought together, by God, that includes Tampa, Haiti, and Uganda. Anyway, […]
Oasis of Love.
The first week in May I was able to do something that over the past nine years has only been a dream. I visited the tiny