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Scripture's Role in the Immigration Debate

For many years now, religious leaders and diverse faith groups have contributed much to the ongoing immigration debate.
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Chris Rock's 'Good Hair': A Humorous Deconstruction of Stubborn Beauty Standards

One of the big conversations in my household this year has revolved around the question of whether my 9-year-old daughter is ready to get her hair "permed." Some girls at her school have already been initiated into the world of relaxed hair, so the peer pressure is in effect.
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Advocating for Sudan from the Inside

We are accustomed to standing outside the White House, protesting the policies of war and torture.
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Who Sinned, That This Child Was Born Uninsurable?

As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.
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Paying Attention to Climate Change

Unlike the health-care debate, which touches each and every person in our country on the basic premise of their own, personal health, the issue of climate change can seem easy to dismiss as too scientific, too technical, or too boring for the average person to spend much time thinking about.
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A Theology of Ecology

Today is Blog Action Day 2009, an annual event that unites the world's bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day.
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The Church-State Debate: Biblical Insiders and Outsiders

A frequently asked question these days relates to the role of the church in civic society.
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Put Poor People on the Climate Change Agenda

Last week, a group of senators, many in the leadership of the majority Democratic Party, asked for a meeting with a small group of interfaith religious leaders. Their topic: climate change. The Senate now has a bill that will soon be up for a vote and the 10 senators wanted our feedback -- and also our support. I was asked to say a few words.
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A Moral Mandate for Financial Reform

After all the financial turmoil that 2009 has already brought, one would think that it would somehow be logical and practical to bring accountable reforms to the same banking institutions whose re
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