The Common Good

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My Son's Struggle with Christianity vs. Christ

As is the case for many Americans, I use the Christmas and New Year holidays as a time to reflect and try to gain perspective on matters near and dear to me.
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Five Observations from Bethlehem

We arrived in Bethlehem with our wonderful group of pilgrims. Folks are getting acquainted, and in a few minutes, our journey begins.
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Saying Good-Bye to the Pause After the Hyphen

My husband asked me that question last night: "Do you think you'll feel different after you become a citizen?"
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Video: Haitians Organize to Meet their Needs

Watch this video to see how people in Darbonne are organizing, getting the information they need and analyzing so that they can address problems caused by earthquake.

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Listening for the Call to Service

After college I completed a year of service with Public Allies New York, an Americorps service program.
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Seeking Justice for Haiti's Oppressed, Orphans, and Widows

"Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow." Isaiah 1:17
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Video: My Adopted Family Reunion in Haiti

I was just interviewed on "100 Huntley Street," a national TV show in Canada. I was in Toronto for a Haiti Partners event with Tony Campolo on Sunday evening that was scheduled six months ago.
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Learning from Iraqi Good Samaritans

Just a few days ago, I returned from a short trip into Iraq with a small group of Christian peacemakers. Most of us had been to the country before, but under varying circumstances: I was on a combat deployment in 2004; Greg Barrett, our organizer, went as a journalist in the run-up to the invasion in 2003; and four were part of a peace team protesting the bombing campaign during that same period.

Shane Claiborne, Cliff Kindy, Weldon Nisly, and Peggy Gish were leaving Iraq in March 2003 when one of their vehicles was involved in an accident, leaving Cliff and Weldon with life-threatening injuries. Had it not been for a few Iraqi Good Samaritans, they may have never made it out alive.

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