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What Kind of Love Can Really Change the World?

What a moment it was on Saturday at the War Memorial Plaza in Baltimore as President-elect Barack Obama heard a woman shouting in the crowd, "We love you, Obama!" and he answered, "I love you back.
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Changing the Image of Religion: The New Faith Coalition

The day after the inauguration, I will be joining with Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian leaders at the National Prayer Service for our new president.
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Police Violence Undercuts Pundits' 'Post-Racial' Rhetoric

The day after Barack Obama was elected president, I heard people say multiple times that we have now arrived as a "post-racial" nation and that it can now be said that anyone can truly be president
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Look Who's Praying at the Inauguration

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop. The first female president of the Disciples of Christ.
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Arriving in Gaza

As of Thursday, the Red Cross reported 900 Palestinians from Gaza killed, half of them civilians, over 3,400 severely wounded, and 28,000 displaced from their homes. The special medical supplies which I brought here from the U.S., augmented by blankets and powdered milk and other food bought locally in Cairo, all seemed a drop in the bucket compared to the dimension of need.
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Video: My Son Met Barack Obama at Ben's Chili Bowl

Last Saturday our family and a couple of friends decided to drop into Ben's Chili Bowl for a quick bite to eat before heading down to the Smithsonian mus
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Your Ballots at Work: 'Waterboarding is Torture'

This kind of feels close to an exercise in I-told-you-so, but for all the folks who assert that voting is a hopelessly corrupted exercise in irredeemable empire, consider as an indicator the testim
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Natural Disaster or Natural Opportunity?

This week, for the second time in a few years, I found myself walking the streets of a city talking to pastors and people about how Mission Year could help them recover from a devastating storm.
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Israeli-Occupied Territory on Capitol Hill

A year ago I heard a Palestinian diplomat describe Capitol Hill as "Israeli-occupied territory" in a speech given at Georgetown University.
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Suffer the Little Children

When Jesus said, "Suffer th
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