Detention Should Not Be For Victims of Crime

The original point of immigration detention was to keep Americans safe from dangerous criminals. But in our zeal to protect ourselves, the United States is imprisoning a group of people…

How to Build a Big Beautiful Wall of Compassion

Finding themselves angry about the hateful and wasteful border wall dominating our national consciousness, the Modern-Day Church Lady and her church decide to build a wall of compassion instead. “Good…

How to Make a Delicious African Peanut Stew

I was resting in my bunk when the enticing aroma of African Peanut Stew compelled me to the kitchen of the Methodist Guest House in Bo, Sierra Leone. Who can…

The War Time Trauma of a Lost Limb

An eerie photo essay of artificial limbs created during the Afghan war brought back memories of the artificial limbs I saw in Sierra Leone. The “How Afghans Have Adapted to…

In Children’s Detention, a Birthday is a Bad Day

The news is full of outrage about the inhumane treatment of unaccompanied minors from Central America. However, there is one equally terrifying aspect of their journey that is being overlooked. …

How to Make Delicious Guatemalan Chicken Pepian

The Modern Church Lady relives her travels to Guatemala by recreating a delicious Chicken Pepian dish.  Along with remembering all the inspiring people I met on a recent pilgrimage to…