A Tale of Two Seasons: Election vs. Advent

As elections wrap up and Advent begins, I cannot help but to think of the ostensible paradox that the two seasons represent. It is an overlap of one season defined by divisive, partisan spectacle—all inclusive of attack ads, pontification and sentimentality—with a season of waiting, humility, reflection and for many people, togetherness. Amidst a harsh [Read More...]

Pope Francis to visit Philadelphia

Last month, Pope Francis announced he’s coming to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families. Regardless of religious affiliation, it’s an exciting time for the City of Brotherly Love. Yet despite the elation surrounding the visit, it’s perhaps prudent to understand the struggles Philadelphia faces and how the pope’s visit is a [Read More...]

Missing Values, Missing Votes in the 2014 Mid-Terms

With some time now to properly digest the Mid-Term blue-to-red Election results, I found myself saying that my fellow Democrats didn’t stand for anything this November. There were plenty of issues to be proud of and tout, yet the more the electorate heard about these victories, the less impact they made. The simple question that [Read More...]

Raise the Wage

As a rookie summer intern reporter at a Philadelphia suburban newspaper, I was paid $10 an hour. It was a pretty good wage for being only 19 years old, and a rising college junior. At 19, I only had myself to worry about with supportive parents paying for college, food, room and board.  The $10 [Read More...]

Good Times with The Good Lie

If you’re looking for a good film to reaffirm the power of God and faith in real-life decisions, and be moved by the actions of our fellow brothers and sisters in difficult situations, you too, will be taken in by the Sudanese Lost Boys and The Good Lie.
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Redistricting: A Faith Issue?

We traditionally think of redistricting as an issue that impacts us only politically. Redistricting is the redrawing of districts based on the shared ideologies within the district without regard to the actual citizens that compose the district. It has become a problem because it effectively decides who gets elected in a given district. Redistricting has [Read More...]

We Are People, Not Pawns

Would you raise taxes by $4,700 on working families to make a political point? What if the tax raise stopped families all across the state from affording healthcare? The very idea of sacrificing the health of families to make an ideological point should be met with disbelief and nausea, but I’m guessing few of you [Read More...]

Daily Beast’s Sally Kohn: Why I’m Against Hamas, Against What Israel Is Doing, and For Judaism

This piece by Sally Kohn originally appeared on the Daily Beast.  As violence between Israel and Gaza continues, the author raises thoughtful questions worth considering.  For the victims of violence, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.   Hamas is awful, but how can any faithful Jew look at Israel’s disproportionate violence against innocents and [Read More...]

The Preschool to Prison Pipeline Must Stop

Laws are created for society; society is not created for its laws. It’s both a biblical principle and common sense knowledge that laws are only as good as the ends they serve and the means by which they get there. When laws harmfully reshape our communities, it’s time to change them. A recent report from [Read More...]

What has Shaken American Faith in the Power of Religion?

A May 2014 Gallup Poll says that 57% of the Americans polled believe in the ability of religion to answer most or all of the world’s problems. Click here to read the article. Gallup first conducted this poll once in the 1950s, once in the 1970s, and multiple times during the 1980s and each subsequent [Read More...]


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