Can Politicians and the Media Make Room for the Simple Alchemy of Love?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offended many people during an interview last week in which he suggested that being “right-to-life” makes you a member of an extremist group. While a spokesman for the governor says his quote was taken out of context, it’s business as usual for pro-lifers, who are often stereotyped as hateful, oppressive, [Read More...]

Pregnant Teen Finds Hope and Healing: A Look at the Movie “Gimme Shelter”

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“Last time I asked for God’s help, He put me here,” 16-year-old Apple Bailey angrily tells the priest visiting her in the hospital following a car accident. “Perhaps you’re exactly where you’re meant to be,” the priest responds. That exchange in the movie “Gimme Shelter” (in wide release on January 24) eventually leads to an [Read More...]

Prostitutes, Addicts, Prayers and Dreams: Making the Broken Holy

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“We made ourselves available in the corners and the crevices and the dark places in the middle of the night.” That’s how Matthew Barnett and 600 volunteers celebrated his 19th anniversary as the pastor of Bethel Temple in Los Angeles’ Skid Row – and his work as founder of the Dream Center, which reaches more [Read More...]

He Had Every Right Not to Be Happy, But He Was Happy All the Time

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Though born with cerebral palsy along with minimal hearing and vision, Noah Voelker of Gainesville, Florida, always enjoyed being outdoors and in the company of other people. Since there weren’t many opportunities for recreation for the disabled in his area, his parents created “Endeavor Recreation.” This charity, now called “Noah’s Endeavor,” allowed Noah and other [Read More...]


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