The Common Good

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Using My Liberty for Aung San Suu Kyi

I spent my Monday lunch hour, and maybe longer due to D.C. traffic, standing with some 30 protesters across the street from the Burmese embassy, waving signs and shouting at curtained windows. Hundreds of other demonstrators around the world were also protesting on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Proximity: Relocation Doesn't Equal Relationship

One of the principles of the Christian community development movement is "relocation." While the principle has depth to it, more times then not it is lived out as people who choose to move their p
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Reflection on Prophet Malcolm X

In this hour, amongst everything else that is on my mind, I am mindful of the 19th of May, 2009, marking the birthday of a mystic activist and voice of justice.
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Let Us Pray for the World's Bad Actors

Let us pray for Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe and for the Burmese generals. Let us send them our love. This is the counterintuitive radicality of the Christian witness.
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Dogma and Disagreement

I recently found myself in conversation with a fellow believer who asked where I stood on the "non-negotiable" issues that seemed to him definitive for voting Christians.
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Thoughts on Obama's Notre Dame Address

After weeks of controversy surrounding Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to receive an honorary doctorate as this year's commencement speaker, we have seen both the American democratic tra
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Peace in the Middle East: A Step Forward

Two days, in comparison to years of conflict, is not a lot of time, but it was long enough for a broad spectrum of Christian leaders to find hope in a growing consensus around a way forward for pea
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A Big Problem for Land Justice

Why should the world turn away from huge, monocropped factory farms? Pick the reason you like best.
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Challenging Obama on Abortion

This is a challenge to President Obama and Congress written in light of his commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame.
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The Unique Awareness, Insight, and Wisdom of Women

As friends and I met for dinner to enjoy pictures of mutual friends' wedding, their four-year old joined in the fun.
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