August 2020 Monthly Letter

August 2020 Dear Reconciler, It has been six months since we had our first case of the coronavirus in the United States. It is hard to believe that we now have over 140,000 people who have died from this virus. Since my last letter we have seen flags come down and statues removed. White, black,…

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July 2020 Monthly Letter

Dear Reconciler, I am sure you have heard these names over and over again: Ahmaud Arbery – killed while jogging. Breonna Taylor – killed while sleeping in her bed. George Floyd – killed while the world watched for eight minutes and forty-six seconds. These families are in our thoughts and prayers as they are grieving the…

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June 2020 Monthly Letter

Dear ORM Reconcilers, It has been another month of sheltering in place.  I am blessed that after 52 years of marriage, Jannice and I still enjoy being together. She admits that she does miss having the house to herself once or twice a week. We are still doing fine health-wise, and hope that you and…

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May 2020 Monthly Letter

Dear ORM Reconcilers, In my March letter, I focused on the way the world came together following the death of beloved basketball player Kobe Bryant. Little did I know that my May letter would be about a health crisis that would once again bring the world together, without respect to color or age. The entire…

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April 2020 Monthly Letter

Dear ORM Reconcilers, I am sure you will enjoy the April letter written by our guest contributor, Neil Earle. Jannice and I wish you a Happy Easter. RESURRECTION HOPE April is usually the month when Western Christians commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Easter vividly reminds us of the One whom Herod…

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March 2020 Monthly Letter

Dear ORM Reconcilers, Yes, even in our diverse world, it is still possible for young, old, black, white, brown, and all people to come together. On January 26, 2020 the whole world did just that in shock, sadness and tears and pain as we mourned the loss of an icon, Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and…

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February 2020 Monthly Letter

Dear Reconcilers, February is Black History Month. We thought this would be a good time to highlight three of our chapter leaders who have stepped up to make a difference in their congregations and their communities. We will be looking back in order to move forward. In 1999, Tom Pickett started working in reconciliation in…

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January 2020 Monthly Letter

Dear ORM Reconciler, Another year has come and gone. I would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy year. One evening last month, I looked out of my kitchen window and saw a large, bright moon. The next day I heard it was the last full moon of the decade. That…

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December 2019 Monthly Letter

Dear ORM Reconcilers, Recently, I went to see a movie about the life of Harriet Tubman. She was known as the “Conductor of the Underground Railroad,” after having escaped slavery herself, with the help of a kind white lady. As a free woman, Ms. Tubman decided to go to Pennsylvania, and later moved to Philadelphia, where she…

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November 2019 Monthly Letter

Dear ORM Reconcilers,                                                               Recently, I was thinking about Jesus, focusing on His willingness to come from heaven to earth to live and die for us human beings. This thought came to mind after I read a magazine article about the U.S. Navy SEALS, an elite military unit that is trained to face the most…

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