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Stepping Back from Bethlehem

For much of the world, the heart of Bethlehem is found down a narrow stairway in a small cave area under a huge church where a 14-pointed silver star marks the spot that, for at least 17 centuries, Christians have honored as the place where Jesus was born.
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'Twas a Week Before Christmas: A D.C. Holiday Poem

'Twas a week before Christmas, and all through my city Politicians were scrambl'n, it wasn't very pretty. Health care and climate were up in the air,
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Copenhagen's Train Wreck: Neither Ambitious, Fair, nor Binding

In cold, sleeplessness and utter frustration, Copenhagen's delegates witnessed a depressing conclusion of the glacial-speed negotiations on climate change.
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Advent and Advocacy: A Year of Activism in Review

Advent is with us again, calling us to reflect and review, and the Sojourners policy team wants to thank you for walking with us in 2009.
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Obama's Brand of American Exceptionalism

As I suggested in my previous post, I was troubled by some elements of the president'
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Congressman Luis Gutierrez Introduces a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

The room was hot and stifling and overcrowded, but the excitement was palpable as people gathered to witness the introduction of a new comprehensive immigration reform bill. I barely managed to squeeze in, edging through the throng of people who spilled into the hallways. And just in time.
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Interview with a 'Hopeful Skeptic' Nick Fielder

I first connected Nick Fiedler at Soularize 2007 and have since followed the adventures of this Atlanta-based twenty-something writer, podcaster, Apple employee, world traveler, and amateur s
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The Advent Yearning of Families Separated by a Broken System

This Advent, the Church's cry of deep longing and anticipation for her bridegroom strikes a chord straight through my own life.
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My Hometown Makes the Front Page of The Washington Post

At a recent holiday party, I tried to describe my hometown of Warren, Ohio. "Warren?" I said. "Well, it's a lot like Detroit. With none of the perks."
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Crunch Time for World Leaders at Copenhagen

The rhetoric soared today as rich nation leaders -- UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Australia's PM Kevin Rudd and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton -- urged completion of a deal to slow global warm
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