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E Pluribus Unum

A Christian pastor and a Muslim Imam walk into a conference room.No, its not the beginning of a really bad joke. Its something that will actually happen next Thursday evening! Why? Because its time we stopped talking about and at each other and started talking with each other!I don't know if ...

Let’s Talk About Intersectionality

Have you been to a Pride Day celebration? Or maybe a women's march? How about a Black Lives Matter Rally?All of these are important groups facing amazingly important issues, but are all of these issues as separate and compact as we want to think they are? When talking about the issues that ...

Shut Up and Grab a Shovel

We've all worked with someone like Chris."Chris" (name changed to protect the guilty) and I worked together at a chemical company before I entered vocational ministry, and Chris knew exactly how things ought to be. He knew how HR could be improved, lectured the rest of us regarding shift ...

Classism: The Proverbial Elephant in the State Room

Do you look at people of Walmart and think, "Hey I've seen that lady downtown?" Do you see a poorly dressed person on the street and think that redneck is going nowhere? Then you just like me, my friend are guilty of classism and judging others based on their economic class.The concept of ...

Confronting My Inner Hatred

Three weeks ago, I was staring in disbelief at the TV. An evil I had read about in history books - an evil that 80 years ago people on North American and European continents used bombs and guns to try and eliminate from the earth - was still very much alive. Flanked by a dying KKK, and ...

Beep, Beep?

Although there are some Maryland state and local lawmakers who are advocating the use of even more speed cameras, here are just a few of the reasons recently shared with me that points out why this is a really bad idea: The right to face your accuser in court and cross examine witnesses is ...

People Are Our Lasting Legacy

Her name was Heather Renaud.If you are like me, you never knew her. Once you hear her story, you are sad that you didn't. And at Betty's, you can hear as much of that story as you want!Last week I sat with a cup of coffee, and a plate full of eggs, toast, and a sausage patty as big as my head ...

Attending LGBTQ event gave me Pride

The annual Panhandle LGBTQ Pride event was held last Saturday, and it changed my life for the better.As a member of the LGBTQ family and also a person from a small, often closed-minded town, I've struggled with my sexuality and with accepting myself.Sometimes I'm proud of being a pansexual ...

Becoming a better neighbor

Just over a year ago, our family moved from Howard County, Maryland - where we had lived for the last 11 years - to Shepherdstown. Three years prior to our move, after my wife had completed the "Freedom's Run" half-marathon here in town (thanks in great part to me holding her backpack and ...

Saving healthcare is a matter of concern for all West Virginians

Save our healthcare.It was chanted loud and clear throughout the streets of Shepherdstown on Sunday - and for good reason.As a woman with illnesses, I'm worried. As a woman in general, I'm worried.It made me proud to see so many people marching through Shepherdstown and pleading for their ...