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10 Decisions You Can Make to Change the World

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The common good and the quality of our life together will finally be determined by the personal decisions we all make. Here are ten personal decisions you can make to help foster the common good.

This Memorial Day, Let Us Honor but also Resolve

Dorian de Wind | Posted 07.25.2013 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

This is the sixth year in a row that I have the opportunity and the privilege to write a message honoring all the men and women who have made the u...

An Honorable Memorial to the Fallen

Lee Woodruff | Posted 07.24.2013 | Fifty
Lee Woodruff

On Memorial Day, we'll remember those who died in service to our country. But this year, my thoughts are also with our injured service members and their families -- the folks who carry the biggest burden when loved ones return, different, broken, hurting.

Marriage Equality: How I Changed My Mind

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

I long feared the confusion that might arise from marriage grounded solely on affection. How do we know what to honor as "marriage" and how do we distinguish that from "friendship"? I can now see that the boundary line must be the strength of commitment shared by two loving hearts.

Why I Chose Love Over Money

LearnVest | Posted 06.15.2013 | Women

I worried that, despite our best efforts, Andreas and I wouldn't be able to undo the precedent we'd set -- that his career might always come first or his ability to make more money would somehow determine how we prioritized our goals.

The Three Nails In Christ's Cross

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

There is so much to consider and experience at the Cross. So much we cannot afford to miss. Unless we look long enough at the Cross, the Resurrection will never mean nearly as much to us as it did to Christ.

Cultivating Self-Affection During Tricky Times

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Spring, in all her glory, dares the frosty air. Do we? Do we dare to shake off the wintry cold that hardens hearts and dampens dreams? Do we dare to bloom today, to become that which is best in our hearts, and that which most inspires our spirit? Do we dare?

What Most Couples Say They Won't Tolerate In Marriage

Vicki Larson | Posted 02.20.2013 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

It seems that whenever anyone talks about divorce, the C word comes up -- commitment. The problem with couples today, the typical comment goes, is that they just don't know what commitment means.

After Newtown, Teachers Are the New Heroes

Andrew Lam | Posted 12.18.2012 | Education
Andrew Lam

Indeed, if TIME magazine were to pick its Persons of the Year, it is hard to imagine that Victoria Soto and Dawn Hochsprung would not make the cut.

Our Kids Are All Right at School

Christina Loccke | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Christina Loccke

Our children are safe because when they are at school, they are someone else's kid, too. There is someone there who hasn't slept in three days because children were murdered on Friday. She or he is rearranging the classroom furniture, checking the locks and preparing to save your child.

Do You Measure Up?

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 12.23.2012 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

I made a mental list of some of the ways I have failed: I believe in recycling, but every once in a while I throw paper in the blue trash bin instead of the green. I believe in returning the shopping cart to its metal cage in the lot, except when I am in a really, really, big hurry.

Handling Pay Cuts: The Reality of Our Time

Donna Flagg | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business
Donna Flagg

Yes, it is a lot to ask employees to welcome a decrease in pay, but there are ways to present it as an initiative vital to the health and future of everyone involved.

'American Gypsies' Sacrifice A Lamb To Help Ailing Dad

Posted 08.22.2012 | TV

With the Johns brothers' father in the hospital, they decide they needed to do something more to help him recover. So on the latest episode of "Americ...

Is Social Security Unconstitutional?

Terry Newell | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

If the Supreme Court holds that the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, which requires every American adult to purchase health insurance or pay a fine, is unconstitutional, why could not Social Security be next?

What We Give Up For Lent: Rethinking 'Fasting'

Maria Mayo | Posted 05.21.2012 | Religion
Maria Mayo

Taking Lent seriously means recognizing and seeking to break those fasts. It means not taking the Easter celebration and relief for granted.

Humanity And Sacrifice: Giving Up ESPN For Lent

Michael Rossmann, SJ | Posted 05.01.2012 | Religion
Michael Rossmann, SJ

Here, though, is my question: would it be better for me to give up paying attention to sports beyond this Lent? Would I be a more spiritual person? A more productive minister?

What Would You Sacrifice To Repair The World?

Rabbi Josh Feigelson | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Josh Feigelson

"When people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory," Dr. King said the night before he was killed.

Take Our Children, Please!

Steve Fraser | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Steve Fraser

In 1729, Jonathan Swift's idea was simple: the starving Irish should sell their own children to the rich as food. I want to suggest that we put in motion a similar undertaking. The basic idea is that we offer ourselves up as a sacrifice to the bond markets.

The Social Dimension of the Debt Ceiling Crisis

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

We can live in a society in which there is a social contract and a sense of sacrifice for the common good, or we can live in a society in which radical individualism has replaced the social contract.

The Economy: Sorcery or Sacrifice?

Terry Newell | Posted 09.11.2011 | Business
Terry Newell

Asking Americans for material sacrifice is not unimaginable. Presidents have done it before. FDR did it to win a war. Truman did it to win the peace. Shared sacrifice can actually bind -- as well as build -- a nation

Why Do You Give Too Much?

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 08.08.2011 | Healthy Living
Srinivasan Pillay

Do you have dog-like faithfulness despite being treated as inhuman most of the time? Do you feel guilty whenever you get anything?

Why Putting Your Kids First May Be Killing Your Marriage

Vicki Larson | Posted 06.14.2011 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

It wasn't too many years ago that parents believed children should be "seen and not heard." Now they've become the center of our universe. But these h...

What It Means To Sacrifice

Richard Geldard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard Geldard

All of us can look at our lives and count the times we thought we had made a sacrifice -- that is, giving up our personal desires to meet the needs of others.

Leadership at the Tipping Point -- The Debt and a Time for Shared Sacrifice

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

The conventional wisdom is that everyone wants to cut the debt and the deficit, as long as it means somebody else has to suffer. The conventional wisdom is wrong. Americans are willing to sacrifice.

A Toast to the Bravery and Sacrifice of Whistleblowers

John Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Jackson

I toast the bravery and sacrifice of all those who decide to put the public interest before their own, who take action rather than turn a blind eye, and who pay the consequences long after they leave the headlines.