During a 1938 vacation to his hometown, Glenn Kurtz's grandfather filmed the townspeople of Nasielsk, a Jewish community in Poland, just before World War II.

Telling the Story

Judges 2:6-12, 16-19 A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho November 16, 2014 In our Year of the Bible readings, you won’t read the Book of Judges until Advent, so I’m preaching it a little early. But I wanted us to spend some time with this book. Judges helps us see a…

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Eschew Obfuscation

This is a short essay I wrote for a collection of writings in celebration of Coleen Grissom’s 80th birthday. Coleen was Dean of Students (and then Vice President for Student Affairs) at Trinity University. I’m very grateful for her presence in my life. She was one of the best professors I had (and that is…

joining the Navy, February 1942

Veteran’s Day

This Veteran’s Day I’m thankful for one veteran in particular, my birth father, Clinton Kenneth McCourt. After Pearl Harbor in Dec 1941, he like many of his generation, answered the call of the nation and joined the Navy a few months later, serving in the Philippines. Before I’d learned my birth father’s name, I’d suspected…

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Sabachthani

Earlier this week, I wrote about the small, little voice in my head using the word “rejection” to describe how I’m experiencing this new information about my birth parents. I appreciate your comments and support in response to that post. And I want to reiterate that while it is a piece of the puzzle, it…

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Rejection

I’m sure there are scholars who have written about this, and I should track down their wisdom. Disclaimer–this is only my reflection and may not resemble other adopted children’s experiences. I’ve recently been discovering things about my birth parents. I was able to speak to my birth mother on the phone for a few minutes.…

journaling with my toes in the river--always a good day

Wide River to Cross

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho on November 2, 2014. 1 John 3:1-3
 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  Beloved,…