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Compassion

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

Anyone who thinks the immigration issue is simple is not paying attention. This is a complex, difficult challenge for which there are no easy answers. Immigration has always been fraught with complication. […] Read More

What does comprehensive immigration reform look like? I don’t know, but I know what it does not look like. What if we treated every desperate person at our borders who was at the end of their rope as if they were a part of our family? How would this influence our decisions? This is what […] Read More

No, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, you may not use Paul’s words in Romans 13:1 to justify the heinous separation of children from their parents. That text was abused by church officials who ordered the brutal Crusades against Muslims, by southern preachers who sought to prop up the Confederacy’s shameful claim that slavery was consistent with […] Read More

A student I’d taught decades ago made this comment to me recently. “It’s been more than 20 years since I took your class, and I’ve forgotten most everything you taught. What I do remember from your class is that we’re supposed to always try not to make God look stupid.” I hope that’s true. I […] Read More