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The Calculus of the Vulnerable

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

Not long ago while working in our food bank, I noticed an older woman who seemed to be weighing her food before she put it in her basket. Each can, each piece of fruit, every vegetable.

Why the Life and Death of an Elderly, Homeless Dog Gives Us Hope

Finnegan Dowling | Posted 09.28.2015 | Green
Finnegan Dowling

While this wasn't a happy ending, the story of the last seven months of Gizmo's life IS a triumph for many reasons.

Congress Loved It When The Pope Mentioned 'Life.' The Death Penalty? Not So Much.

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics

Alluding to Jesus' message to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you," Pope Francis had bold words about all human life in his speec...

Know Before Who You Stand

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

In truth, this work is not limited to a few people who dedicate their lives to serving others. We all have the ability to pause and reflect on who is standing before us at any given moment. And at that moment we are given a choice. We can choose to turn toward them rather than away.

"He's Homeless": A Rose by Any Other Name Sometimes Isn't.

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

"People suffering homelessness." Not, "people who are homeless." The distinction is crucial, and not just political correctness. We all know it: the way we speak of people both influences and reflects how we think of them, and that drives our behavior.

Broken Criminal Justice System Is Highlighted at March for Mental Health Dignity

Susan Rogers | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Susan Rogers

There was a lot said, shouted, chanted and sung at the March for Mental Health Dignity on the National Mall on August 24 about the rights of individuals with mental health conditions -- of whom I am one.

The Unbearable Lightness of Non-Profit Propaganda

Daniela Kon | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Daniela Kon

I became brutally mindful of the BS that clogs up the social change industry, specifically about the lies that we, as content creators, producers, and filmmakers are communicating to the public about the "glorious impacts" that foundations and non-profits have on impoverished communities.

Stop Insulting Us, Yo!: Holding onto Black Dignity in an #AllLivesMatter Reality

Charles Cole III | Posted 08.06.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Cole III

By feeding into the #AllLivesMatter narrative, you are doing damage and helping perpetuate the erasure of Black dignity. Just know that when you tear down that wall of dignity there will be nothing to hold Black folk back from taking the justice that is constantly denied to us.

Knowing and Being Known Is Worth the Vulnerability and Awkwardness

Kathleen Shumate | Posted 07.30.2015 | Women
Kathleen Shumate

Seeking other-centered conversation frees us to love others. If I am intent on truly knowing the other person, I am not worried about their reception of me. Self-forgetfulness gives me the courage to persevere even when I feel out of place; even if it feels awkward, it's an offering of love. And love can never be a waste.

As a Gay Widower, What the Word Marriage Means to Me

Keith Henry | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Keith Henry

Marriage is not just the giddy beginning of a life together, but also what happens throughout and at the end.

I am Jewish and Black Lives Matter

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Stephanie Kolin

In the Jewish tradition, we are taught Yehi ch'vod chaveirach chaviv alecha k'shelach -- "The dignity of your friend should be as dear to you as your own"

Why the Supreme Court's Decision to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Will Benefit You Wherever You Are On the Planet

Sara El-Yafi | Posted 07.17.2015 | Science
Sara El-Yafi

No matter what occurs, social imbalance will simply not be sustained for long. It is unnatural and it is the reason many civilizations fall: They miss the brink of equality and the state of affairs collapses them. And that is the unequivocal history of humanity.

Selling Souls for the Price of a Paper

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

The print media's comfort with perpetuating the false, mutually exclusive dichotomy of LGBT and Christian is distinctly not journalism. Making choices that sell newspapers, but at the cost of human dignity, are not journalistic choices. It is the disgusting devaluation of human beings for the price of a paper.

On the Road to Healing

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

This year -- as inequality threatens the fabric of the United States and so many countries around the world -- may we all, wherever we are from, recommit to the idea of human equality, of freedom, of dignity.

Philotimo: The Essential Virtue of Goodness

Mary Paleologos | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Paleologos

At the end of the day, philotimo is a natural way of being because the essential nature of each of us is one of goodness, sometimes hidden in the deep layers within ourselves but always ready to surface and take residence in our hearts.

Donation Dos and Don'ts

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

I think that giving would be more effective if we nonprofits were clearer about not just what we need, but also what we don't need. Well-meaning donors tend to err on the side of excess: "Well, maybe they can use it."

From Despair to Hope to Dignity

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Homelessness strips so much from a person: protection from the elements. The safety of a door that locks. The certainty of a place to which to return each day. A place to put your stuff. The privacy of a bathroom. Access to a kitchen for a glass of water.

Gay Marriage Is Pro-Family

Ron Davis | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Ron Davis

The best arguments for limiting marriage to one man and one woman reveal something surprising: extending marriage to gay people is the pro-family position.

When Living Longer Isn't Really Living

Barbara Hammond | Posted 05.13.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Hammond

For years, my mantra has been, 'I don't want to outlive my usefulness.' As long as I am productive, which could be making dinner or helping a friend in need, I will feel useful. When that time ends I want to go quietly and quickly. How do you arrange that? Obviously you can't.

Religious Oppression and Religious Freedom: The Bully Who Cried Wolf

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

In the story of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," the shepherd boy kept claiming that there was a wolf that didn't exist. It is the same when people claim that equality is a threat to religious freedom.

Rosen: Liberals Should Worry That Supreme Court Will Protect Too Much Liberty

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Everyone who believes that Americans are entitled to the full measure of freedom that the Constitution guarantees should resist this case for reflexive judicial restraint, which is profoundly hostile to liberty.

Why Does Racism Persist?

Robert Fuller | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Fuller

Racism is proving as stubbornly hard to eradicate as the mythical Hydra which sprouted two new heads for every one that was cut off. Until, that is, Hercules found and severed the beast's immortal head. What is racism's immortal head?

Finishing Behind Lance Armstrong

Joe De Sena | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
Joe De Sena

At what point is winning not worth it? This is a tale of dignity. I recently interviewed a nine-time Tour de France competitor who raced during th...

The Financial Truth That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Julie Gray | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Julie Gray

Poverty. It's a word we associate with other people, who most likely live in huts and drink dirty water. Or we think of urban poverty, with crime and dirty streets and chain link fences. Poverty - being poor - is not something that we do. Until we do.

The Elephant Man; A Portrait of Dignity

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

Regardless of the isolation and outcasting that defines Merrick's life, The Elephant Man celebrates the triumph of dignity in the face of adversity.