Give a Gift with Purpose from the ONE Shop

There is still time to order #GiftsthatGive for Christmas and Hannukah from the ONE Campaign's Shop -- including the gorgeous scarves made by fashionABLE in Ethiopia exclusively for the ONE Campaign pictured above.Read about the women weavers from fashionABLE who make them HERE.Happily, fashionABLE is completely sold out of their inventory for the year (which means, among other things, the organization/company has been able to hire three more women since I visited their factory in Addis … [Read more...]

Bono Preaches the Gospel of Social Justice at Georgetown

"Do you think he'll sing?" the girl in the row behind me wondered aloud."I hope so," the young fellow beside her said before continuing, "My dad would freak. He was a big fan of U2 when I was growing up. He used to play this one album, The Joshua Tree, over and over again."His father was a fan.I am a thousand years old, I thought to myself, as more Georgetown students filled the seats around me at the university's 111-year-old Gaston Hall, the main lecture hall on campus named after … [Read more...]

Smell. Sip. Sacrament.

Of all the exotic aromas and experiences from my sojourn in Ethiopia, it’s the frankincense I miss most.Not the puffs of smoke emanating from a thurible swung by priest walking the center aisle or blessing a high altar. What I miss is an even more specific scent: the unmistakable mélange of frankincense and roasting coffee beans over a charcoal fire.Frankincense and slow-roasted beans are the sacramental elements of the Ethiopian coffee ceremony – a rite at once ubiquitous and quotidian, … [Read more...]

Ethiopia: The Face of God

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia — When I posted this photograph of a beautiful little Ethiopian girl holding a daisy a few days ago, my friend  and fellow author Christian Piatt responded on Twitter with a four-word comment: "The Face of God."Christian's remark stopped me in my tracks ... because it's absolutely true.The Bible even tells us so.So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. ~ Genesis 1:27When I look into th … [Read more...]


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