By: James Gordon The remaining Nazi concentration camps were liberated 70 years ago. Whatever else the Holocaust demands, it requires us to identify what is human and humane, and then to protect, cherish and embody that humanity.
By: Mark Tidsworth When their behavior was out of control, boys with mental health disorders went to the time-out room. When its door broke, staff and boys found new ways to relate. If only the world could do the same.
By: James Gordon Libraries are an essential and crucial part of our social fabric. They are places where we learn to be critical of the status quo and radical in the way we see and judge the world in which we live.
By: Chuck Summers While there was little media attention given to the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Sept. 1, two prayers from Pope Francis and Jane Goodall captured the spirit of the day.
By: Jon Kuhrt Millions who signed up to Ashley Madison, an online affair website, had their personal information hacked and made public. Rather than judgment, we should be saddened by all the grief being unleashed.
By: Ron Rolheiser When faced with political correctness, many of us are tempted to reject it. But what if something that's politically correct happens to be correct? In that case, principle trumps our feelings.
By: Grace Ji-Sun Kim and W. Mark Koenig While baseball in the U.S. has challenged prejudices and stereotypes and seen some elements of racism dismantled, racial prejudice and racism have also intertwined with our national pastime.
By: Hugh Sinclair The microfinance industry is increasingly under a microscope, challenging the wisdom of indebting poor people en masse. While the scrutiny will yield improvements, here are three challenges that remain.
By: Zach Dawes We may want folks to implement creation-care measures because it's the right thing to do, but it's easier to motivate folks to recycle and live more sustainable lives when there's a financial incentive.
By: James Gordon When students leave universities buried in debt, they have little time to think about changing society. Education has been reduced to a commodity, and students must focus on paying off long-term debt.
By: Hugh Sinclair Microfinance was once all the rage, the capitalist panacea to eliminate poverty. But its mystical lure has evaporated. How could we believe indebting the poor could help them escape poverty?
By: Guy Sayles When we play our lives for the approval of powerful and influential people, we end up saying and doing what we think they want us to say and do, rather than what we most deeply think and feel.
By: Agnes Howard The same ultrasound that allows parents to recognize their developing child allows healthcare providers to terminate a pregnancy. We've become fluent in describing the same thing in different contexts.
By: Zach Dawes Reaction to the nuclear pact between Iran and six leading global nations was partisan and often reflected extreme positions. A wiser position would be to learn what's in it before drawing conclusions.
By: Jon Kuhrt Homelessness brings together a whole range of social issues - the political issues of material poverty, the moral issues of families and relationships and the personal issues relating to a person's inner identity.
By: Griff Martin More than a half-century after Harper Lee published her only novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," she returns to continue the story of Scout, no longer a child, and Atticus Finch in "Go Set a Watchman."
By: Barry Howard Our ancestors envisioned a nation in which liberty and justice would be for all people. Some folks, however, have reduced 'liberty' to a license for self-centeredness and 'justice' to mere retaliatory action.
By: Chuck Summers With all the other news swirling in recent weeks, one overlooked item is a study that says recent extinction rates of species are accelerating at an alarming rate. The culprit? Humans.
By: Vinoth Ramachandra The U.N. observes World Refugee Day every June to honor those forced to flee their home countries under the threat of war, persecution, conflict and environmental disasters. Did your church participate?