The Common Good

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The Balancing Act of a Successful Woman

Hollywood isn't real life, but when real life (mine and the lives of the actors) and Hollywood converge it is great fodder for thinking and conversation. Peter and I can't stop talking about a recent date night movie, Up in the Air, starring Vera Farmiga and George Clooney.
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What Does the Civil Rights Movement Have to Do With Me?

This weekend I have the privilege of representing Sojourners magazine at the annual
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Hard Questions in Haiti: How to Aid Recovery without Dependency

Sarah Ward, Enterprise Development Technical Advisor with IRC (International Rescue Committee), meets with principals and teachers of our partner schools and other community leaders to discuss ways that IRC might help in economic recovery.


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Rebuilding Hope by Hiring Haitians

It was just over a month ago that the earthquake devastated Haiti, an impoverished place ill equipped to deal with the disaster. Since then emergency crews, including hundreds of doctors, nurses, and first responders from the U.S. and around the world have worked with remarkable dedication and sacrifice to restore some measure of order.
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My Alter Ego

I have a fantasy persona. There are only select times that I'm tempted to bring it out: on an airplane, out with friends on a Friday night, on vacation, at the dentist.
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Why did God Create Women?

In Half the Sky, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Kristof and WuDunn document the global exploitation of women an abuse to which we have become indifferent.
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Bearing Witness Against Cyber-Smears in the Immigration Debate

Isn't there something in the Bible about not bearing false witness?
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Immigration Reform: Change Takes Courage and Faith

The window is closing on comprehensive immigration reform. At least that's what the politicians in Washington are saying. They're afraid of more demagoguery. They're afraid of upcoming elections. They're afraid of the politics of fear.
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Mixed Victory: A Better Poverty Measure Counts More as Poor

Eight million more Americans are now in poverty. Well
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