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Recent events of violence and hatred are so disheartening. In the wake of the pipe bombs targeting Democratic Party leaders and supporters, the killing of two African Americans in Louisville, Kentucky, and the horrific murder of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, we are deeply saddened. Given such depressing events, it’s easy to imagine that there are intractable mountains of despair looming over our lives and casting dark shadows over the...

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Several months ago, Doug Brackenridge gave me a tour of the Trinity campus. Brackenridge, a retired Trinity professor of religion, wrote a book on the history of Trinity titled “Trinity:  A Tale of Three Cities.” When Doug and I reached the Margarite B. Parker Chapel, he explained the symbolism of the building’s north wall — the one constructed of glass. The obvious purpose behind using clear glass was to let ample light into the building....