In times of crisis, churches rise to the occasion. Rich Preheim’s article about ministry on the Gulf Coast makes me proud of the often-maligned institutional church, which has poured dollars and volunteers into the disaster-struck areas. Ronald Wells’s article on reconciliation in Northern Ireland shows us the church, in the person of Desmond Tutu, engaged in a difficult but critical witness for peace and reconciliation. Peacemaking requires patience, forbearance, determination and vulnerability. It can also get you in trouble and occasionally in danger.