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Climate Refugees: A Cordial Introduction

[Editor's Note: On October 10 (10.10.10), 350.org is coordinating 2700 events in 150 countries to address the concerns of climate change together as a planet.
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Herbie Hancock on Striking the Wrong Chord

In the midst of matching mentors to new interns a couple of weeks ago at Sojourners, I came to an uncomfortable realization.
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What I've Been Reading This Year

What a great year for books. I've been enjoying some new ones and some old ones lately. Here are a few in various categories.
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Coal Country: Is it Mine or God's?

[Editor's Note: On 10.10.10, 350.org is coordinating 2700 events in 150 countries to address climate change
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Worship Meets Experience at "The Opiate Mass"

Whenever Karen Ward, Abbess for Church of the Apostles (COTA), makes a suggestion about what's happening on the faith fringes, she tends to be s
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Flipped: A Film Review

A lot of contemporary movies picture American suburban life as banal, hypocritical, and morally bankrupt -- a deceitful place where manicured landscapes and plastic surgery cover up empty, desperate realities.
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Hope for the Holy Land

Two years ago, as I listened to the escalating rhetoric of hate in the international media, I became haunted by the thought that Christians, Muslims, and Jews are going to blow up the world.
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Sabbath for All?

In the September-October issue of
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Eat, Pray, Love ... Yourself?

Eat Pray Love the movie has the makings of a summer hit, with Julia Roberts as its star and Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling book as its source material. The book was something of a phenomenon when it was published in 2006: instantly popular and penned by an accomplished writer (a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002) who was immensely likeable on the talk-show circuit.
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