A Jew in a Lutheran School

Sometimes
Reading the FB feed
Leaves me with sadness
And then …I see an invitation
Posted by Petra our friend,
From Gemünd.
‘A reunion of former students of
The Evangelische Schule will
Take place on Saturday 9 September.’
The program: Sharing memories!
The reunion is in Gemünd
I am in Phoenix.
Petra agrees to read my
Early School memories,
A Jew in a Lutheran school,
During the Nazi years in Gemünd.

 

Meine Krone in der Asche, Chapter 3

Kurt, my first, best friend, he died in Auschwitz

The reunion last Saturday

Chapter 22: Honor Your Father and Mother

Maturing Toward Wholeness in the Inner Life
CHAPTER 22
Honor Your Father and Mother:
Learning God’s Way in Relating to Authority

Learning to honor my father and mother is crucial to my personal development. My heavenly Father chose my parents, and I must be able to trust that He has done well by me in all things. Honoring my parents does not mean denying their imperfections. There are no perfect parents; there are no perfect children. I learn to honor my parents in spite of imperfections—theirs and mine. Jesus teaches me how.

(George Miley) Recorded 8/2017

The Sisters Were There to Pray

Sometimes…
Do you tire of FB, twitter, IG?
Question the reality of it all?
And then, suddenly
Your jaw drops as
You look at your feed & see
A group of nuns, clustered by a
Memorial wall in a Polish forest
Next to the remains of an incinerator
Where the ashes of
Amalie & Markus Zack
Mingled with those of all
The other Jews In May 1942.
The sisters were there to pray.
Amalie and Markus were my parents.


Photo: Ursuline sisters of Klasztor-Sieradz, Poland

An Old Postcard

An old postcard
Tiny, blurry photos.
Have you ever experienced a
Flashback to your own past
As you scroll down IG or FB?
Petra, a friend from Gemünd,
Posted this photo yesterday.
The building on the lower left
Is my first school.
Jewish children were allowed
To attend until Kristallnacht…..

In Gemünd Hanna standing before her first school yard

In 2010, standing where my first school yard once stood.

Chapter 21: The Ministry of Reconciliation

Maturing Toward Wholeness in the Inner Life
CHAPTER 21
The Ministry of Reconciliation:
Bringing Healing and Beauty to Wounded Relationships

God reconciles people who have been separated relationally. This is just the kind of person God is. As we mature toward Christlikeness, we also become agents of reconciliation. This is just the kind of persons we are becoming. But what does the process of reconciliation look like? Are there specific steps?

(George Miley) Recorded 8/18/2017

Symbols

As I watch swastikas carried through the crowded streets of Charlottesville, VA, USA, on August 12, 2017, another picture comes to mind. I am in my home town, Gemünd (Eifel), Germany. The date is April 29, 1937. The streets are crowded with people. There are swastikas. Hitler is visiting Gemünd.

A Response to Charlottesville from Church Leaders, Richmond, VA

From Metro Richmond Pastors and Ministry Leaders

A STATEMENT OF UNITY

August 21, 2017

PREAMBLE As pastors and ministry leaders in Richmond, Virginia, we desire to express, with a unified voice, our sorrow over last weekend’s tragic events in Charlottesville. These events underscore the broken state of our commonwealth, our country, and our world. Richmond, Virginia has long been a significant location in the dark history of racism and violence in America.  As Christian leaders in this city, we declare, with a unified voice, that the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks clearly and relevantly in this particular moment. In this light, the undersigned pastors and ministry leaders of Metro Richmond unite to announce what follows.

WE AFFIRM that every human being is created in the image of God, and therefore carries the inherent value and dignity of God’s design. We affirm that the variety of human cultures on earth is a beautiful expression of God’s love for diversity. We affirm that Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected not only to offer humankind the gift of eternal life, but also to shatter every division—social, political, economic, or racial—which would separate us. We affirm that God’s consummated Kingdom will be a place of rich diversity and cultural expression.  We affirm that the church is called to be a community that reflects that present and future Kingdom.

WE REJECT the ideology of white supremacy, including antisemitism, as an unqualified evil, a denunciation of the gospel, and a heresy which wars against God’s design for human culture and creation. We reject the notion that white people, or any collection of humans of any culture, are superior to any other. We reject any ideology that seeks to erect or maintain divisions that God has torn down through Jesus Christ. We reject the efforts to place the good of one race or one nation above the good of all, for God desires all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.

WE REPENT because the church has been complicit in the sins of racism, either through the defense of slavery, segregation, and discrimination, or through passive silence and inactivity. We repent because Christians have played a major role in helping create the segregation and racial injustice that we see in our city and nation today.  We repent of our own racism, fear, and hatred, both conscious and unconscious. We repent of our reluctance to be agents of healing and reconciliation in our churches, in our city and in our nation.

WE RESOLVE to preach, teach, and advocate against the sins of racism. We resolve to lead in the way of love, and to seek ways to heal the divisions that separate races and cultures in our city. We resolve to listen to those who have been wounded and dehumanized by racism. We resolve to pray fervently for God’s healing and reconciliation. We resolve to help our churches become more hospitable and welcoming communities to diverse people.

Finally, we resolve to pursue Jesus Christ’s perfect standard of equality, justice, and love in our churches, city, and country.… continue reading