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More Social Justice Seminaries
Seminaries and theological schools historically have trained two kinds of people: pastors and academic theologians. But more and more these institutions are realizing they need to develop and nurture students to serve outside those lines. Helene Slessarev-Jamir, a professor of urban ministries at Claremont Theological School, has a vision for her students to become “practitioners that inter-relate religion with whatever work they’re already doing; be it nonprofit, environmental, or global hunger issues,” she says.
Retooling seminaries for the world of today -- and tomorrow.
Speaking for the Silenced
The Stoning of Soraya M., written and directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh. Mpower Pictures.
Tiananmen Square Conversions
Twenty years ago, on June 4, 1989, tanks rolled into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to suppress an estimated 100,000 peaceful protesters.
Out of the Media's Eye
Tilting at Windmills?
The Teresian Carmelites of Millbury, Massachusetts, soon hope to add a wind farm to their life of prayer and service.
Using My Liberty for Aung San Suu Kyi
M2EP Video: Mo
Poverty is No Accident
Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime
The Devil Down in Georgia
'Yes, We Did' - But What Will We Do Now?
Protesting Injustice and Celebrating Memories at the Gates of the SOA
Father Roy Bourgeois Faces Excommunication for Support of Women's Ordination
"I know you know what you're doing," Janice Sevre-Duszynska told Father Roy Bourgeois when he agreed to co-preside and give the homily at her ordination Mass, "but do you know what you're doing?" About a month ago I shared Janice's story of ordination, spotlighting her struggle for justice in the Catholic church and the long road she'd walked for years leading up to August 9, 2008, the day of her ordination Mass.
Soldiers of Conscience: The War Within Those Trained to Kill
Life is easier in black and white, when things are clearly right or clearly wrong. We tend not to like the gray very much. It was certainly easier for me to hard-headedly disapprove of all war, including those who took part in it. But, working at an orphanage in India, I met Chad, a young man fresh from Iraq with an American flag tattoo, and he muddled up my clarity.
From Riot to Revelry at the Intersection of Change
I woke up this morning, my throat dry from singing and yelling in the streets last night. I woke up with an unbridled joy, and though I'd only fallen asleep five hours earlier, I was more awake than I've felt in a long time. My first urge was to run back to the street, to continue dancing with strangers, hugging the person closest to me.
The Other Meltdown
Injustice is Not Categorical
Near the Vatican in October 2001, Janice Sevre-Duszynska and fellow advocates hung a banner calling in seven different languages for the ordination of women. Almost seven years later, the fruit of that action and many others like it was realized. Janice's long-awaited and hard-fought ordination Mass took place Aug. 9, 2008, in Lexington, Kentucky.