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Affirming the Footnotes: What the Manhattan Declaration Gets Right

Although there are several points I find troubling, inaccurate, or misleading in the recent Manhattan Declaration, and although I noticed the relative
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A Modern Underground Railroad for North Korean Refugees

As I set foot in China, many emotions invaded my thoughts. I guess you could say I was somewhat nervous. My last visit to China involved being detained for a day on suspicion of helping North Korean refugees -- an "offense" punishable in China with up to three years in prison.
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'Breaking Bread and Barriers': Storytelling Connects Personal Immigration Experiences with Scripture

Here's a glimpse into what's happening around the country on immigration reform:
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When Everything Changed: 50 Years of Women's Progress

In the first year of Gail Collins's survey of "the amazing journey of American women from 1960 to the present," I turned 12.
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Reduce the Danger of Nuclear War and Help Feed Hungry Kids

Nowadays everyone's talking about nuclear disarmament.
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How I Came to Write an Apostolic Letter to Non-Christians in Esquire

As some of you know (though I know not many of you keep up with the latest men's magazines) -- Esquire magazine's end of the year "Best and Brightest" edition named me one of the "Radicals and Rebels Who Are Changing the World"... but I wanted you to know the story behind the hype.
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Can You Hear Them Now?

When I went to hear a staged reading of Lynn Nottage's play "Ruined," about the price of the ongoing war in Congo, last week, I had a stronger than usual motive to be sure to turn off my cell phone
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Human Trafficking, Justice, and CSI

I've gotten used to popular TV shows going the after-school special route and highlighting some issue or another. Granted, it boosts their ratings, but it also brings attention to issues that need attention.
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A Tale of Two Hospitals: How Sugar Water Helps Make Christmas Sad

This year we were planning to see my folks for Christmas. It won't happen.
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Continuing the Deadly Viper Conversation: Illuminating Gender Blind Spots

In response to Kathy Khang's recent blog post, "Unseen Privilege: Th
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