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    We discuss the influence religion and communities of faith will have on President Trump and our future public life; and this special envoy and former hostage ponders the meaning of faith and forgiveness, words and silence.

    January 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

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    “I have heard that the Trump presidency could see the reemergence of a real Christian left in the United States,” says Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America. More

    January 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

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    “I said this to myself in the face of my captors: You have the power to break my body, and you’ve tried. You have the power to bend my mind, and you’ve tried. But my soul is not yours to possess. In other words, my soul lay in the hand of God.” More

    January 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

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    Today’s millennial activists are ambivalent about the life and leadership of Dr. King; and a young woman from New Jersey finds her purpose in the slums of Monrovia, Liberia working for human rights and social justice, even during the Ebola … More

    January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

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    “There is a really important role that spirituality is playing among millennials and contemporary activists,” says Sarah Jackson, a professor at Northeastern University in Boston and an expert on social movements. But “it is a spirituality that is not necessarily tied to the formal structures of church organization, and it doesn’t necessarily require a certain type of leadership.” More

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    “What defines you the most is what you do despite your fear,” says Katie Meyler, a 34-year-old American from suburban New Jersey who was working in Liberia in the midst of extreme poverty when Ebola struck. Now she runs a growing network of schools for girls and says, “Nobody chooses Liberia. Liberia chooses you. You can make a big difference here.” More

    January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

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    Sadiq Kahn is a strong voice for post-Brexit interfaith relations and reconciliation; the new president and CEO of Catholic Relief Service says humanitarian relief means “bringing the solidarity from one community to another”; and a family explains the meaning of the … More

    January 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

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    “I have never held myself out as a Muslim leader,” says Sadiq Khan, who became mayor of London shortly before Britain voted to leave the European Union. “But it’s a fact I’m a leader of Islamic faith, so that brings with [it] a responsibility, especially in current times.” More

    January 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

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    The new president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services represents the spirit of American Catholicism by reaching out to suffering international communities. Even in the face of frightening crises around the world, says Sean Callahan, “the common good outweighs the evil that’s being done.” More

    January 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

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    “God gave Shabbat to humanity,” says Rabbi Nissan Antine of Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Maryland. “It’s about those more interior kinds of things, things about working on your soul, working on your friendships, your relationships. Those are really the important things in life. Those are the things we are going to be remembered by.”
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    January 5, 2017 | 0 Comments