It really boils down to this: It’s the government’s job to screen refugees, and the Church’s job to love them. That’s good to remember as we navigate this extremely complex issue in the months and years ahead. Read more

On a cold and windy night in November 2014, a forty-foot statue of the Vietnamese bodhisattva Quan Am began radiating her compassion to the residents of Des Moines, Iowa. She is, to my knowledge, the largest religious statue in our capital city and the second-largest one in our state. I found her and everything she symbolizes so remarkable that I wrote an op-ed for the Des Moines Register on the occasion of her dedication nearly three years ago. This is… Read more

To be sure, religions, spirituality, and sacred texts play a significant role in science fiction: the Jedi from Star Wars, the Lords of Kobol from Battlestar Galactica, Shepherd Book from Firefly, and references to the Old Testament in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale are only a few of many examples. (Seriously, if you have a few sci fi geeks together and started collecting examples, you’d still be at it tomorrow morning.) Of course, it is interesting to ask: why and how do creators of blockbuster… Read more

A year after forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began shooting pro-democracy demonstrators, sparking the war that continues today, I met with an alliance of Syrian Christians who had come to ask Washington for help in their struggle. They wanted nothing more than freedom from the regime and were chillingly prescient in this 2012 conversation about the horrors to come, including the eventual outbreak of terrorist groups, if the world stood by and did nothing to stop Assad. Among these… Read more

by Jackie Semmens When I was a freshman in college, I took part in a pro-life protest. A group across campus took a vow of silence for a day and dressed in black to symbolize the lives that were lost to abortion. Being 18, abortion seemed to be a clear injustice to me – it seemed obvious to me that a fetus should have the same right to life as a person outside the womb. The question was black and… Read more

by T.M. Doran Many believe in a Supreme Being who intentionally, artfully, and benignly created the universe and everything in it, by one process or another, including human beings who have a measure of reflective free will. Whether this is true or false is another discussion, but for our purposes this Supreme Being is assumed. The Supreme Being doesn’t need anything in this created universe, in the sense that human beings and other creatures need things, nor was God obligated to… Read more

By Kaleem Hussain The world as we know it is at a critical cross road. If one looks across the geometric and political divide whether be it in the West or East, the permanent features are theaters of conflict, bloodshed and brutality. These conflicts are often driven by bigoted, altruistic, tribal or nationalistic quests to cling on to power. On other occasions, there may often be a warped and distorted theological undertone or overtone inspiring and spurring a movement to gain… Read more

There are dangers of speaking of the dead. Derrida warned against the possibility of using another’s death, even unintentionally, for one’s own end, or “to draw from the dead a supplementary force to be turned against the living . . . ” (2001, 51). The risk is double here in that I did not personally know those who died—in this case Michael (MJ) Sharpe and Zaida Catalan, both members of the UN’s Group of Experts, along with their interpreter Betu Tshintela—whose bodies were found in late March in the same region of the Congo where they had been investigating human rights violations. Read more

By Kyle Sebastian Vitale. With the November elections, as with so many recent social conflicts, the word love has re-entered our national lexicon. Hashtags, t-shirts, and protests announce that “Love Trumps Hate.” Hurting voters express love for the refugee, the Muslim, the LGBTQIA+ through moving Facebook posts. Meanwhile, President-Elect Trump claims electoral victory to the tune of a new nationalism that expresses love of country in a spectrum of colors. Yet these same pathways also celebrate vindictiveness. Unfriending plagues Facebook,… Read more

By Amy Gopp, Deborah Rosenbloom, and Christina Tobias-Nahi.     So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. ~ Genesis 1:27, The Torah Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. ~ Romans 12:10, The New Testament O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made… Read more

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