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Make 2014 a Year of Recommitment to Haiti

Chris Herlinger | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

The work in Haiti remains unfinished in the main -- and that is because Haiti, pre-quake, could not withstand the pressure from such a catastrophic event, making rebuilding and recovery all the more harder.

Through a Humanitarian Lens: An Unusual Year

Chris Herlinger | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

If we look at 2013 through a humanitarian lens, what do we see?

During Advent, Waiting for Change

John McCullough | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
John McCullough

Upon reflecting this season, I have asked myself, what does it mean to wait in December 2013? On the surface, waiting can seem like a passive experience in standing by for external forces to act. And in our world, far too many people are stuck waiting for relief.

On Immigration, Let us Herald New and Welcoming Communities

John McCullough | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
John McCullough

As we reflect on these migrant journeys in Scripture, particularly as we head towards Christmas, let our Advent this year be about expectant waiting and preparation for a reform long-sought, heralding new, whole, welcoming communities.

One Government Activity Continues: 1,100+ Deportations a Day

John McCullough | Posted 12.03.2013 | Religion
John McCullough

When Congress decides to end the shutdown -- which it must do at some point -- our national leaders will need to prove that they can still get things done. Immigration reform should be at the top of that list.

March on Washington: The Fierce Urgency of Now for Immigration Reform

John McCullough | Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion
John McCullough

This is not the America that Dr. King dreamed of 50 years ago. We in the faith community will not stand to have compassion criminalized.

Five Tips For Ministry After A Natural Disaster

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

During Irene I learned so much about what was and was not helpful during a natural disaster. With the recent destruction in Oklahoma, I offer these five suggestions to people of faith who wish to respond.

A Pastoral Reflection On President Obama’s Immigration Speech

Rev. Patricia de Jong | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Rev. Patricia de Jong

As I took my seat, I felt a strong spirit of anticipation and hope fill the auditorium, as if every heart was saying "The time is now. Our communities yearn for justice. For family unity. For citizenship. For reform."

Romney Puts Politics Before Country During Hurricane Sandy

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

As the nation deals with the impact of Hurricane Sandy, it ought to be a time to set aside partisan politics. But Mitt Romney has decided to continue campaigning in the battleground state of Ohio.

Why I Pray In Times Of Disaster

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

The struggle for me during these times is how to not treat such times as some voyeuristic movie experience that can be paused or halted by powering down my device, but instead find a healthy way to participate in the healing and support.

Remember The People Of Pakistan This Christmas Season

Chris Herlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

At this time of year, our world can seem very far indeed from Pakistan's harsh realities. I had hoped that the news from Pakistan would be, at best, mixed. But the news remains tough and largely discomforting.

Muslims Observe Eid with Little Hope In Flood-Affected Pakistan

Chris Herlinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

"Normally Eid is a time of happiness but this Eid we don't feel anything. Our every happiness was our house. That was our paradise. Now we're homeless. We don't know where to go."