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COVID-19 Is Not the Only Virus at Work

COVID-19 Is Not the Only Virus at Work

COVID-19 Is Not the Only Virus at Work: We Must Counter Racist Attacks on Asian Americans A crisis can bring out the best in people. Unfortunately, it can also bring out the worst. The novel coronavirus pandemic has done both. Americans first heard in December about...

In This Together

In This Together The Human Right to Health Care in the Time of COVID-19 Several weeks ago, World Health Organization officials finally named the global transmission of the novel corona virus with a powerful word previously avoided:...

Reclaiming Sacredness

Reclaiming Sacredness

A review of David P. Gushee, The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World’s Future (2013) When some Christians talk about the “sanctity of life” in the public square today, they almost exclusively use the term to protest abortion....

Stand Against Hate Crimes

Stand Against Hate Crimes

Support the Jabara-Heyer “No Hate” Act to Increase Accountability Khalid Jabara, a Lebanese-American whose family had fled Lebanon’s civil war and religious persecution, was shot and killed on his front porch in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 12, 2016. The shooter, who...

Human Rights Day 2019:  A Litany of Wrongs & an Advent Invitation

Human Rights Day 2019: A Litany of Wrongs & an Advent Invitation

Many of us are besieged right now with calls to embrace the joy of the season—to plan parties, buy gifts, don our most festive faces. The promise of time with family and friends sparks joy, indeed, as does the anticipation of Christmas, even as holiday expectations...

Housing Not Handcuffs: Pushing Back Against Punishment of the Homeless

Housing Not Handcuffs: Pushing Back Against Punishment of the Homeless

On the San Francisco Bay Area public transit system last spring, I saw a heavily armed police officer rouse a man who was sleeping peacefully on the seat in front of me, his humble load of well-worn belongings beside him. The officer forced him to get off at the next...

Transcending Boundaries & Building Bridges

Transcending Boundaries & Building Bridges

A Review of John S. Nurser, For All Peoples and All Nations: The Ecumenical Church and Human Rights In For All Peoples and All Nations: The Ecumenical Church and Human Rights, John S. Nurser shows through historical study that faithful Christian engagement with global...

From Tragedy to Triumph: Courageous Survivors & the Quest for Justice

From Tragedy to Triumph: Courageous Survivors & the Quest for Justice

Last week I saw a remarkable documentary film, “A Thousand Girls Like Me,” about one brave Afghan woman’s astounding quest for justice after years of sexual violence. Khatera, 23 and pregnant, seeks help from no less than 13 religious leaders. Most tell her to pray...

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