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Forced From Home

It was a chilly day 3 months ago. I had a warm coat, but the wind occasionally kicked up, making me wish I had one more layer on. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but I was ushered into a fenced off area and told, “You have 30 seconds to decide what you’re taking…. Read more »

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Do We Have to Understand Before We Intercede?

  I must admit that there is a great deal that I do not understand about the civil war in Syria. I don’t understand what grievances the Syrian people had that led to this war, or for that matter what exactly set off the entire Arab Spring. I don’t understand why the US supports the… 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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TANZANIAN MAN TAKES ALBINO RIGHTS TO THE TOP OF AFRICA. HE SHOUTS: ‘I WILL REACH THE MOUNTAIN TOP’

The following is a speech from 2011, being reprinted with permission. Sadly, the issues mentioned in this article are still of great concern today. Children are being forced to live in “orphanage-type prisons.” Josephat did in fact complete his journey, and his fight to educate the people of his country on the facts about albinism continues to this day. … 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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Jesus as Holy Disruption: part 2 in a 3 part series

Part 2 Before we get into the meat of things, I think we have to define “Holy Disruption.” For most things, especially anti-racism and anti-oppression work, using the dictionary definition of a term is generally a bad idea. Most dictionaries were written by white powerful men and many times racism, sexism, and other nasty -isms… Read more »

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Defining White Privilege

This article, originally published on June 18, 2015 on http://tanyadennisbooks.com  is being reposted with permission. Having been raised below the poverty line by a single mom, I often eschew the concept of “white privilege.” It’s not that I deny it exists; I just haven’t seen much of it in my life. My childhood was not… 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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Delayed Gratification

  You know those crime statistics; the ones that tell how many seconds lapse between murders, assaults, or thefts? Something our logic rarely factors into those statistics is that they are simply a breakdown of a numbers of crimes in a given period divided by the amount of time in that period. So, if 10,000… Read more »