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Dignity, A Matter of Life or Death

Dignity, A Matter of Life or Death

(@DeclareDignity) As a chaplain-in-training at a major inner-city trauma center, I sat with countless traumatized people: those suffering from grave illness and injury; their families and friends; and doctors and nurses who were charged with their care. Each person...
Why Should We Have Rights?

Why Should We Have Rights?

“I don’t deserve any rights!” a seminary classmate announced, across high rows of ripe cherry tomato plants on an otherwise mild summer afternoon. We were tending our gardens in the Yale Divinity School Farm, where I spent my happiest hours that season learning to...
Why Should We Have Rights?

What is Justice, Anyway?

“No one is against justice,” my colleague, a gifted professor of law and philosophy, contemplated. He has a way of cutting through complexities to clarify the heart of a debate. “The difficulty,” he continued, “comes in agreeing on what constitutes justice.” In many...