Mary Nelson is president emeritus of Bethel New Life, a faith-based community development corporation on the West Side of Chicago. She has served on the board and as Interim Executive Director for the Parliament of the World’s Religions for the last four years. She is also the former chair of the board of Sojourners.
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The Mother Who Hated Nukes and Loved the Lord
“Why did you, American Mother of the Year, commit civil disobedience in front of the Trident nuclear submarine?” a reporter asked the white haired, 78-year-old woman as she left the courthouse.
The woman, accused of being in a little boat blocking a nuclear submarine, answered without a moment’s hesitation.
“I did it for the children of the world,” she said.
Extremes Stretch One’s Faith, Then Leave Us With Hope
“Sometimes I feel discouraged and think my work’s in vain, but then the Holy Spirit, revives my soul again.”
So where does this revival come? Often when we looked at a dilapidated building in our community, the revival comes with the eyes to see the possibilities of rehabbing, of new uses. The revival comes in community, in coming together to take action. There is nothing like some music and food, too, to bind us together.
Health-Care Reform is a Life and Death Issue
Push, not Protest, for a Budget with Better Priorities
Hope and Action in Hard Times
Remembering Millard Fuller
Lift Every Voice
Chicago Sit-in Victory: 'Yes We Can'
A Different Economic Measure: Quality of Life and an Economic Bill of Rights
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