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How Hope & Faith Got Two Young Women Through 10 Years of Captivity and Sexual Abuse

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Considering that Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were kidnapped, held hostage, abused, and repeatedly sexually assaulted by Cleveland school bus driver Ariel Castro for 10 years, it might seem odd that they named the memoir about their experiences “Hope.” But that is the word that perfectly describes these two young women who endured more darkness [Read More...]

Mental Illness: Healing the Unseen Wounds

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Mental Illness: Healing the Unseen Wounds” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: The tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams in the summer of 2014 relaunched our nation’s ongoing conversation [Read More...]

A Vision of Heaven in Central Harlem: iHope Finds Beauty Amid Brokenness

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You might expect a school for children who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to be a sad or somber place, but I found a different reality when I visited the International Academy of Hope (a.k.a iHope) last week. In fact, this converted nightclub above a Conway’s department store on the corner of 116th Street and [Read More...]

Appreciating Our Elders in a Stay-Young-At-All-Costs World

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Appreciating Our Elders” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: “A people that does not have care for [the elderly], that does not treat them well, has no future: such a people [Read More...]


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