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Compassion

Over half my elementary students are from Mexico, Central America and South America. They feel the political winds blowing against them. As long as folks refuse to understand them, these 9- and 10-year-olds rarely feel kindness. […] Read More

There’s no vacation from ministering to others. Pain, sadness and hatred do not rest. In a world filled with darkness, may all who follow Jesus be inspired to listen, comfort and educate. And may love be our first response. […] Read More

Like a summerhouse with no doors or windows, in a garden with walls for shelter, our countries cannot build better futures with higher walls and narrower gates. You can’t build peace with the materials of a hostile environment. […] Read More

Detention centers for undocumented immigrants are not the same as Nazi concentration camps, but the border situation is clearly horrible and seems to be getting worse. Is this really the America we want? […] Read More

There are times when being empathetic doesn’t help people. We need to use our heads more than our hearts and adopt a more rational approach to intervening positively in the world. […] Read More

The noise of the religious and political fight on abortion stifles the stories of those who have experienced them. With its “pro-voice” stance, Exhale offers a safe and confidential space to all women who have experienced abortion. […] Read More

As our nation debates the need for a wall on our southern border, those who favor it typically cite three reasons: terrorists, “illegals” and drugs. Their reasons don’t hold up to scrutiny. […] Read More

One framework affecting our nation’s immigration debate relies on whether we adhere to a politics of purity or one of compassion. The former erects boundaries; the latter seeks community with “the other.” […] Read More

As we begin a new liturgical year, asylum-seekers are met at our southern border by soldiers and tear gas. If every congregation would commit to taking one family, the righteous work of hospitality could be done. […] Read More

Helping people with complex problems is in itself complex. However, these 3 truths drawn from Galatians will help you to ease others’ burdens and establish appropriate boundaries. […] Read More