Month: February 2020

The Smells and Tastes of Being Dutch Reformed

The Smells and Tastes of Being Dutch Reformed

What shapes an identity? What makes a community? I grew up in Dutch Reformed immigrant communities in towns and rural areas in Ontario, Canada, in the 1970s and early 1980s. My father was the “dominee” in a series of congregations from the Ottawa region to […]

The Dutch Teamster and the Mob

The Dutch Teamster and the Mob

In my previous blogpost, “The Minister and the Mob,” I wrote about the struggles of a man leading a congregation against evil in the world. This post is a distinct but related story about a man standing up for his beliefs and what he knew […]

Adjusting to Immigrants

Adjusting to Immigrants

“Immigration is taking place under greatly changed situations, and in a different land. So in that very real sense, history is not repeating itself.” If you read this quotation with current headlines in mind, you might have wondered whether it is about debates over immigration […]