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Abide in Love

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 1 John 4:16 In a sermon on 1 John 4:16, which was delivered on 09 November 1930 to commemorate Armistice Day, Dietrich Bonhoeffer poses the following question to his congregation: “How can the [human] who hates [their sibling] […]

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Economic Security for All

On September 16, 2015, the United States Census Bureau announced that the poverty rate had not changed significantly from 2013 to 2014 and estimated that the nation’s official poverty rate in 2014 was 14.8 percent, which roughly equates to 46.7 million people currently living in poverty in the Unites States. This lack of improvement is […]

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Politics (and Ethics) as Servant Leadership

On Friday, October 25th, my plane landed in Washington, D.C. for the weekend of a lifetime.  Just a few weeks earlier, the Democratic National Committee had informed me that I had been honored with the privilege of participating as a Hope Fellow in the Fall 2013 Hope Institute.  I expected it would be an informative […]

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50 Years After ‘I Have A Dream’: Have We Yet Listened?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was undoubtedly the greatest preacher, social leader, and prophet of the twentieth century.  His flaws were what made him fully human.  His audacious vision and bold tenacity were what set him apart.  As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of a speech which forever changed the world, I find myself asking the […]

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The Myth of Funemployment

It’s a tragic reality for nearly eight percent of all Americans.  What used to be an expectation for bright, hard working, driven, talented young adults is now a far-fetched hope.  Employment is a right, not a gift.  And so many people who are reading this post are the unlucky many whose future hangs in the […]

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Why Social Justice?

The Jesuits teach it.  The sisters are doing it.  The pope is preaching it.  Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, Cesar Chavez, Thomas Merton, Walter Rauschenbush, Harvey Milk, and Robert F. Kennedy witnessed to it.  Countless others are living it.  So, why does social justice matter?  Why write about it?  And what difference can a […]

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Living to Love, Loving to Live

I’m not quite sure what it was that moved me to recall this quote from St. Paul while taking a walk along the wooded cliffs that impose on the banks of the Merrimac River, but let’s just call it grace:  “Faith.  Hope.  Love.  These three.  But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)  Perhaps it […]

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