Author: Marsha Hahn

Seeing Humanity in the Strangers Among Us

Some time ago Marsha and I watched Henry Fonda in the movie Young Mr. Lincoln. Afterward, I wondered whether we would ever again see anyone with the character of Old Abe.  Then I wondered, would I even recognize such a person if he or she crossed my path?  What struck me about Lincoln’s story was how little of his background would have suggested his rise … Continue reading Seeing Humanity in the Strangers Among Us »

The Power of a Story (by Eileen)

I have been thinking about the importance of storytelling.  In her book, Hope in the Dark, Rebbeca Solnit addresses the “untold histories” behind major social change.  She says, “Changing the story isn’t enough in itself, but it has often been foundational to real changes.” She goes on to add, “Some activists are afraid that if we acknowledge victory, people will give up the struggle.  I’ve … Continue reading The Power of a Story (by Eileen) »

Thirty Years and a Day (by Herman)

Thirty years and a day. I celebrated my thirtieth year of sobriety last year, and today I have one more day. I was raised Southern Baptist.  No one in my family drank.  I was an honor student.  I went to Divinity School and became an ordained minister.  I worked with the Ecumenical Institute of Chicago on an inner city reformulation project and trained church leaders … Continue reading Thirty Years and a Day (by Herman) »