The Common Good

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On Arizona, Artists Speak Up, Refuse to Play

As a musician, I'm always interested in seeing how my fellow creative types respond to injustice or need.
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The Moral of "Toy Story 3"

It's been awhile since Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the gang have been on the big screen, but they've lost none of their charm in the interim.
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Seeing Our Place in the Matrix

I won't forget the day the 15-year-old Korean exchange student I tutored informed me she needed surgery to "correct" her eyes. I stopped my grammar lesson and had her teach me about racism.
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Is Google Making Us Ignore God?

God calls on us to meditate on God and God's word. However, does the fast intake of information from TV, film, and especially the Internet make us less likely to experience God?
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Quitting Church: An Interview with Julia Duin

In Quitting Church: Why the Faithful are Fleeing a
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Climate of Change: Global Grassroots Environmental Success Stories

In Climate of Change, director Brian Hill tells the story of how ordinary people from around the world are taking action steps to save the environment.
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Growing Where We're Planted

To make a difference for good in this world a person has to have a sense of place. But few of us have such a sense. We are a people on the move.
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The Lazarus Effect: The Miracle of AIDS Treatment in Zambia

When I got a press release announcing that Spike Jonze was the executive producer of The Lazarus Effect,
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