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My Hardest Working Students are Undocumented

I am greatly saddened and angered by Congress' failure to pass the DREAM Act before Christmas last year.
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Remembering Judy Bonds, Mountain Defender

This past Monday, January 3, anti-mountaintop removal activist Judy Bonds exhaled her last breath from the homeland she loved.
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Daughters of Deborah: What is a Leader in the 21st Century?

"Deborah was a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth. She was judge over Israel at that time. She held court under Deborah's palm between Ramah and Bethel in the hills of Ephraim.
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Palestinians Protest Death of Nonviolent Activist

For nearly six years, the Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Bil'in have held a weekly nonviolent demonstration against the separation wall -- a barrier cutting through large portions of
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'Come and See': A Reflection from Afghanistan

"Tell them to come and see who we are." Almost every Afghan we met said that. Tell them to come and see.
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Does Sunday School Have a Future?

Sunday school. It was one of the main reasons I enjoyed church as a child. As a young adult, it sometimes still is. But there's a conversation brewing: Does Sunday school have a future?
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The Truth of Tax Transparency Will Set Us Free

It's started. I saw my first ad for a tax help company on TV yesterday, and I received an email recently about using an online service to settle my bill with the government.
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Top 10 Religious Stories of 2010

Every day as I review the news, I'm conscious of stories relating to religious faith.
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Word Made Flesh, and the Indignity of Having a Human Body

So, just to get it out of the way, I didn't get what I wanted for Christmas. No, not an iPad or world peace.
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What Does Violence in the Bible Tell Us About God?

I recently received a note from a pastor and missionary we'll call Pete.
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