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A Note on Community

It’s not enough to talk about community. It’s not enough to quickly wave hello to your neighbors, then hustle into the safety of your home (though we all do it). Real community happens when you ask and answer honest questions. It happens when you console someone, lift someone up, or find a solution to a problem that has been nagging them for days, weeks, years. That’s where real relationships develop.These friend-to-friend, coworker-to-coworker, family member-to-family member ties are critical. They comprise America. Imagine a big map, with little strings connecting people. Some would g … [Read More...]

News about Hillary's announcement spread quickly.

She’s running for President!

My Gmail inbox received an influx of fantastic news Sunday afternoon. And since I know many of you are like me, you're thrilled with the many messages and announcement that Hillary Clinton is officially running for President of the United States in 2016! We all "knew" it would happen. I mean, there was that small percentage of doubt that it might not, so I was so happy to remove all the rumors.And did you watch the video? Wow, that was a bold approach. It was fresh. It was real. If you only skimmed the headlines, I urge you to watch the video. She doesn't even pop in until 90 seconds … [Read More...]

An Endless Lenten Journey: Undocumented Immigrants

Millions of people around the world will walk together during Holy week, remembering the ancient story of death and resurrection, and gathering to celebrate Jesus Christ as "the Life." But the Lenten wandering characterized by pain and suffering will not end for millions of immigrants without legal status in this country.Recently, conservative leaders have vocally and discreetly contested comprehensive immigration reform and criticized President Obama’s executive actions this past No … [Read More...]

Religious Liberty vs. LGBT Rights: How the Church Is Missing the Point

(This opinion is reproduced with permission from the author and courtesy of The Huffington Post.)Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination policies for LGBT people. Lawmakers in my home state of West Virginia went so far as to block a popular taxi serv … [Read More...]

A Prayer for Ted Cruz (Not the way he wants)

Dear Media and News Editors:This is a prayer. I pray that when the media reports on politicians, and in particular, those running for President of the United States, that not all Christians are conservatives. Please don’t allow lazy stereotypes and tropes be used to assume there is one acceptable brand of faith.Yesterday, as Texas GOP junior Senator Ted Cruz announced at Liberty University he was running for the Republican nomination to be President of the United States, I listened hard, … [Read More...]

Tasteless, Tactless, or Treasonous?

 Tasteless, Tactless, or Treasonous? The 47 Senators and Talladega Nights Despite whatever feelings there may be regarding negotiations with Iran, it’s clear that from a strategic perspective, the letter 47 Republican senators sent to Iran was miscalculated. I believe the letter was a lot more than miscalculated though—it was a telling representation of where these senator’s hearts are.These senators were willing to risk our nation’s credibility in foreign policy affairs in the so-called na … [Read More...]

50th Anniversary of Six Hundred in Selma

That's what it took.Armed with prayer and nonviolence, six hundred women and men walked east toward the state capitol in Montgomery. As they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they would encounter a phalanx of state troopers wielding billy clubs and tear gas. And as the video above shows, they did not turn back.Sun. March 8, marks the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," the day a peaceful display of freedom of speech ended with violence by Alabama state troopers. Their offense was a … [Read More...]

Is Catholic marriage and love possible for LGBT Catholics?

As Philadelphia prepares for the Pope’s visit and the World Meeting of Families, one would expect to see a program aimed at addressing the Church’s plan to be more pastoral toward gay, lesbian, and transgender people. In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article, the only mention of such efforts to be expected during the World Meeting of Families was about a celibate man who is gay. That’s it. Not exactly a wide-ranging discussion on the contours of modern life and the family. By June of this year, … [Read More...]

The Most Important Line in Netanyahu’s Speech

Benjamin Netanyahu said a lot in his speech before Congress today--much of which was reminiscent of his call for America to go to war against Iraq over a decade ago.But this line stood out to me, not as much for what Netanyahu said but for how Republican Members of Congress responded:“At a time when many hope Iran will join the community of nations, Iran is busy gobbling up the nations.”  [Applause]You read that right. Republicans in Congress clapped after that line. It's worth watchi … [Read More...]

Poll: Climate Change is a Moral Issue

Climate change is a significant moral issue according to the recent survey conducted by Reuters/IPSOS, where nearly 3 out of every 4 persons surveyed said he or she is "personally morally obligated" to control carbon dioxide emissions. World leaders also should also be more morally obligated to take action to protect the planet, 66% of the respondents said.Reporter Bruce Wallace released the news last week, and interviewed American Values Network Executive Director Eric Sapp about the survey … [Read More...]


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