August 14, 2017 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

If you had asked me “way back when” what the 21stCentury would be like, I would have not anticipated the likes of the KKK and neo-Nazis being a part of it. Not in my wildest. Surely they whould have disappeared with the demise of the last millennium. Alas, they and their ilk have not, and…

July 29, 2017 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

My daughter, Hannah Kenyon, starts her senior year at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, next month. For an online course she is taking this summer from Global University, she was required to post a blog related to her class. Here is what she has written:   For those of us growing up in the church…

January 30, 2017 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

On the day we Americans remembered the horrors of the Holocaust and marched for the unborn, we shut our gates on the refugees of the world. Late on Friday President Trump, issuing an executive order, effectively did just that. Of particular concern to those of us who work with refugees, the President suspended the U.S….

July 23, 2016 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

Hope Kenyon, guest blogger Okay, so I need to clarify something. Talking about race and racism is NOT Racism. Talking about the unique experiences and struggles of a particular racial or ethnic group is NOT Racism. But if we ignore the unique experiences and struggles of different racial and ethnic groups in the US and…

July 10, 2016 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

In the wake of all that has happened this week, I’m invited to an interfaith prayer vigil this evening. I have a sense I’ll be called on to speak or pray, short or long. Or, perhaps, just to be present. I have asked for wisdom and the right words to say, whatever the case, to…

April 15, 2016 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

For the past several years, I’ve invited friends to celebrate my birthday with me in a unique way. As April 17 has rolled around again and I am still here, let me explain. In 2007, my family and I unexpectedly returned from living and serving in China. We’d moved to Taiwan in 1990 and then…

April 10, 2016 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

Someone recently asked me how, in the realm of faith, you can tell the genuine from the fake. How do you avoid gullibility on one side and cynicism on the other? It’s a tricky business, faith. Actually I’ve never met anyone, least of all the most ardent atheist, who lacked faith. But my purpose at…

March 13, 2016 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

Today I find myself in the leadership team of a statewide ecumenical organization. I’ve just been appointed the Chief Finance & Operations Officer of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. EMO, pronounced just like it spells for fun tongue-in-cheek effect (look it up), is a venerable organization whose roots go back a century. I first came to…

February 28, 2016 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

In recent national election cycles and even in various local settings, the phrase “taking back” has become a rallying cry. It’s a bad idea – a very bad idea. Especially for Christians. In a meeting of people who self-identify as progressive Christians, I heard the sentiment expressed. “Wish we could go back to the 60s.”…