By: Starlette Thomas African-Americans have historically been targeted and told they don't belong. Childish Gambino's new video invites us to entertain the naturalization of violence in African-American communities. Sadly, this is America.
By: Starlette Thomas The social construct of race creates habits - spoken and unspoken - in all of us. These patterns of behavior indicate how we're likely to treat others because of their skin color. Here are 7 we must break.
By: Zach Dawes Poverty and homelessness are choices society makes, that you and I make, every day. We have the resources to end poverty and homelessness, but we lack the political, social, economic and religious will to act.
By: Gary McManus Has the climate always changed? Yes, but that change typically occurs slowly over thousands to millions of years. However, rapid climate change can be highly disruptive to life. And ample evidence reveals that's happening.
By: Trevor Barton In our world filled with talking, ignoring and dying, we're too busy to see the simple things, the beautiful things that we notice by listening, learning and living. Maybe we need to spend time in the belly of the whale.
By: Rand Jenkins Civil Rides - a three-day bike trip in early April to raise awareness around persistent rural poverty in America and advocate for racial justice and healing - gave a voice to stories that needed to be heard.
By: James Gordon When it comes to cutting the cost of public services, our public libraries and their budgets are up for grabs. Yet the value of a library cannot be measured solely by the amount of people who walk through its doors.
By: Brad Moore With the cost of living continuing to increase and the growing number of children entering Oklahoma's public schools, the state's children deserve more than what we have settled for. They deserve our best.
By: Steve Straessle Teachers do a tightrope walk of treating kids as individuals but moving them forward in common cause, to be better citizens, neighbors and friends. It's not an easy job, but it's a glorious one.
By: Diane Ravitch Public schools are a cornerstone of our democracy. They are a public good, not a consumer item. We must not let the forces of privatization take them over. We must choose to stand up for public schools.
By: Charles Foster Johnson Pastors for Texas Children was formed in 2013 to mobilize the faith community for public education support and advocacy. We believe education is a gift from God for all children - not just for those who can afford it.
By: Norman Jameson Our children attend school to learn reading and writing and math. But now they must learn another lesson. That foxes lurk outside their henhouses, and they must be prepared for their assaults.
By: Mitch Carnell Large sections of our society, including many Christians, have become mean and disrespectful toward others, which means those of us who cling to Jesus' teachings face a great challenge.
By: David Currie Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting six years ago, 1,600 mass shootings have occurred in the U.S. That's not acceptable. This gun owner says it's long past time for common-sense gun safety.
By: Gordon King As the anniversary of the Rwanda Tutsi genocide approaches, in which some 800,000 people were murdered within 100 days, it's a reminder that many of us have flawed and shallow understandings about mass violence.
By: Caroline Pomeroy Since the concept was invented in the late '80s, carbon offsetting has had bad press, likened to buying papal indulgences, described as "greenwash" and a license to pollute. But is it?
By: David P. Gushee Our nation's immigration system is irrational, arbitrary and routinely heartbreaking. It creates new loyalties and then breaks them; it helps families and then shatters them. It needs dramatic change.
By: Larry Eubanks Getting at the truth has always been a challenge, even when everyone plays by the rules and honestly seeks truth. Others practice "bold subterfuging," intentionally lying to gather more money or power for themselves.
By: Michael Helms Technology has done more to divide us than unite us. There is no substitute for knowing that someone really cares what you have to say and wants to listen to you say it, even if the person has an opposing view.
By: James Gordon In our social media culture, the loudest voices are heard, the most attention grabbing sound bites absorbed, the least complex and easiest grasped explanations seized on. Can the church bring a higher standard of discourse?
By: Robert Guffey Black History Month is an opportunity to tell the whole story of our nation's history. We all benefit by an honest telling of our past and our present made by people of all races and backgrounds.
By: Cliff Vaughn With the abundance of news about immigrants, migrants and refugees, I reflected back on January 2011 when I worked on EthicsDaily.com's "Gospel Without Borders." Here's what has stuck with me.