Speaking of bullying, a program Thursday, April 28, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls will bring two speakers to discuss how to stop bullying. And, unlike some confused Christians, the speakers probably won't be promoting violence as an answer.
Dr. Carl Pickhardt and Shane Windmeyer will lead a conversation on, as Windmeyer puts it, "what it means to be a person with integrity and to be inclusive of all people." Windmeyer knows something about the challenges of integrity and inclusivity in a small rural community: he "came out" as a gay man while at college in the small prairie college town of Emporia, Kansas. He and Pickhardt will talk about recognizing and preventing social cruelty, the kind of physical and psychological violence that happens as kids struggle to cope with "developmental insecurity, social instability, emotional vulnerability, and frail self-esteem." (I hate to say it, but that sounds like a diagnosis of the Tea Party.)