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Facebook: Friend or Foe?

Well, they're at it again.
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A Hymn and Prayer for the Gulf: 'O God, the Great, Wide Seas are Yours'

This hymn-prayer was written in response to the ongoing oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig that started on April 20th.
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Lena Horne's Bright Shining Light

Lena Horne is gone, but she remains a bright shining light.
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'Lovely to Me': A Music Video Tribute to Immigrant Mothers

To commemorate Mother's Day, we have this musical tribute to immigrant mothers: "Lovely To Me (Immigrant Mother)," by Taiyo Na.

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Eating Animals: 10 Reasons to Avoid Factory Farmed Flesh

"On average," writes Jonathan Safran Foer, "Americans eat the equivalent of 21,000 animals in a lifetime." Alas, most of these animals came from factory farms, n
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Dispatch from Prison: How Strong Is Hope?

In my daily prayer book, the morning antiphon for today said: "The Lord chose these holy men for their unfeigned love
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White Flag Warriors at the Border: Recognizing Humanity on All Sides of the Immigration Debate

About a year ago, when we were writing our song "White Flag Warrior," my friend (and fellow frontman) Stephen and I had quite a conversation. We talked about Leonard Cohen's song "Story of Isaac" and about Kierkegaard's multiple interpretations of Genesis 22, about Malcolm X challenging MLK Jr.
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We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah

There's a scene in the film Food, Inc. that reveals the hypocrisy at the heart of U.S.
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This I Believe

One of the best gifts I received when I finished grad school was a book called
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Why Flobots Is Doing a May Day Concert in Arizona (+Free Download)

I am a rapper. I rap in a band called Flobots. Today is day one of our spring tour promoting our new album Survival Story, so I am writing this from a tour bus in a hotel parking lot in Albuquerque.
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