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May 10, 2022 | by Troy Elder

These days, it is hard to look at both the calendar and the news at the same time. As we approach Memorial Day, when we remember and mourn the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving to protect American values, the seemingly unending horrific news from the war in Ukraine recalls the sacrifices made […]

May 10, 2022 | by Lorenzo Lebrija

People were bringing babies to Jesus so that he would bless them. When the disciples saw this, they scolded them. Then Jesus called them to him and said, “Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children. I assure you that whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a […]

January 24, 2022 | by Troy Elder

Diocesan Migration Missioner Troy Elder writes with updates from his weeklong journey through Guatemala and southern Mexico as a guest of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and the Anglican Diocese of Guatemala. Troy can be reached at telder@edsd.org.  Day 1:  At Long Last, Headed South It was hard to believe this day had finally come.   After […]

January 7, 2022 | by Troy Elder

The call came on a Saturday morning in mid-December. Something was horribly wrong at the migrant shelter in Mexicali, just across the Mexican border from Calexico, a border town very familiar to some of our Episcopal congregations. There was talk of an “orphan tragedy.”    To many of those from the congregations of St. Margaret’s Episcopal […]

November 23, 2021 | by Troy Elder

Feeling trapped is scary.   As the Psalmist’s words remind us, however, God comes to those who are stuck.   This was the case in the Old Testament with exiled Israel—caught in a geopolitical and geographical conundrum, with its oppressors on one side and the daunting Red Sea on the other.    Nowhere to go but “up,” so […]

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