BYU Graduation and Malaria

Thursday, April 25: Today is graduation day at BYU.  Black-robed grads will stand in front of the campus entryway while their parents click photos.  On one side of the road into BYU-World is the pronouncement carved into cement: “The World is Our Campus.”  On the other: “Enter to Learn; Go Forth to Serve.”Some of these young people have proven themselves beautifully in their classes.  They’ve calculated, diagrammed, structured essays around a thesis, and taken all of the required religion cla … [Read more...]

We Are All Your Children

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If you don’t want to get involved with a charity to help a poverty-stricken child, then don’t ask for “more information” when these organizations advertise. They will send you a picture and ask if you’d like to sponsor this particular child. You will do it. You cannot look into a child’s eyes and say, “No. I don’t want to help you.” This is our human response to what philosopher Emmanuel Levinas terms “the face of the other.” He suggests that the human face carries within it the commandment … [Read more...]


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