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Are You Communicating about Social Justice too Harshly?

Individuals and organizations raising awareness about social justice issues may adopt one of two different approaches: harsh or gentle. One website may jar the senses with black and red block lettering then drive readers to tears with their emotive descriptions; their speakers might pound podiums and flash graphic images on power point slides. They believe… Read more »

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Book Review: Half the Sky

Book Review: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide “Women hold up half the sky”- Chinese proverb Half the Sky, is the national bestseller by Pulitzer Prize winning authors Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Kristof and WuDunn take readers around the world, looking at the lives of women in nations like… Read more »

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Catalyst Farms

Catalyst Farms We are excited to share with you what God has been doing in Catalyst in the past few months. Through the generosity of a visionary team of donors, Catalyst has been given a residential property to serve as a specialized supportive services home for survivors of trafficking, addiction, and prostitution. Sex Trafficking is… Read more »

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The Compassion Experience

This piece was originally published on June 25, 2016 on http://tanyadennisbooks.com as is being reprinted with permission. Whenever everything you need (and nearly everything you want) is within 15 minutes of your house, driving 40 minutes for a free event says something. This weekend the kids and I attended The Compassion Experience. This traveling exhibit invites you to experience… Read more »

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Jesus as Holy Disruption: Part 3 in a 3 part series

Part 3: So how can we today be a Holy Disruption? We need to be creative, but here are a few starter suggestions.   Self-Education, Hearing Oppressed Groups, Engaging in Hard Honest Dialogue and Taking a Visible Stand:   This is especially important for those with privilege, who can easily opt out with little thought… Read more »

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Sustainable Agriculture: A photo journal

When I was in South Africa through Youth With a Mission (YWAM), my team and I went to one township where the people had basically nothing.   They lived in shacks and had garbage and glass all over the area. They had no birth certificates or any documents so they couldn’t get a job; the… Read more »

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ChoiceOne: Pregnancy + Sexual Health Resource Centers

  There are three things You Need To Know About 
Unplanned Pregnancies: 
 Unplanned pregnancies are never unplanned Unplanned pregnancies are 
NOT about sex!  Courageous young woman who choose life are often held captive to a life of poverty! 
Unplanned Pregnancy is NOT a political issue; it is spiritual, and how Christians respond to the… Read more »

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Sexual Violence: An Oxymoron

“So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man… Read more »

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What is Female Cutting or FGM?

In America, we are neck deep in political campaigning. Men and women are debating the best approach to a variety of issues. There is so much discussion because the issues are complicated and often deeply entrenched in American culture and history. Millions of armchair politicians weigh in on the issues with an “all you have… Read more »

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Why are women dying during childbirth?

“Would the world stand by if it were men who were dying just for completing their reproductive functions?” Asha-Rose Migrio, UN Deputy Secretary General, 2007 Girls, let’s face it. We are dreamers AND planners. We have a board of wedding venues on Pinterest. At one time or another we may have made a list about… Read more »