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We seem to be in a metaphorical exile. Forces inconsistent with values we claim as a foundation for our society appear to have taken control of our identity. Don’t give in to helplessness. Here’s what to do until the ‘empire’ falls. […] Read More

Our impeachment process could be seen as a kind of collective confession of a dereliction of duty as citizens to defend the Constitution. We must do more than assign wrongdoing; we must enter into collective confession and penance. […] Read More

The Amazon rainforest isn’t burning; it’s being burned. The reason: Corporations and financiers want its resources. And the quickest way to gain access to them is to torch the forest. Their greed spells bad news for the planet. […] Read More

The founders of the United States didn’t rely on the Ten Commandments to forge our nation’s laws. Indeed, their goal was to ensure religion would neither control government nor contend with unnecessary government entanglement. […] Read More

Teachers and schools are in charge of our most precious resource yet struggle for adequate financing. What if schools enjoyed pork-barrel largesse and the military depended on corporate charity? Talk about a reversal of fortunes. […] Read More

Despite our heritage of religious freedom and the lessons of history, US Christians are quick to use legislation as a crutch to avoid accepting the personal responsibility we have been given. […] 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

Power dynamics exist throughout society, even within our churches. How do you use the power you have? How do you assess the character and fitness of those holding positions of power in society? Esther has some answers for us. […] Read More

In Germany, religious communities have the right to impose church taxes on their registered members. The virtually uncontroversial system provides a stable financial basis even in times of declining church membership. […] Read More

How we treat children – any child – reveals the moral conscience of our culture. When we separate children from their parents, place them in cages, imprison them at military bases and withhold services, we have lost our souls. […] Read More