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  • Blog
    Mon, 27 Mar 2017
    ArticleWhen Christian Compassion Doesn’t Apply to...

    During the holidays, I noticed a Franciscan Health commercial with the hashtag #FranciscanPeacePrayer. This beautiful prayer, attributed to St. Francis in the 13th century, was repeated during the commercial. The visuals in the ad showed smiling people helping each other and showing love. Here is a link if you want to check it... more...

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    Mon, 20 Mar 2017
    ArticleThank You For Your Service

    When I was a grunt in the military, I remember our reaction to the now still ubiquitous “Thank you for your service” (TYFYS). It speaks to the element of Sparta that I was a part of that few people around me were not against the war and in the particular unit I was in, to include myself, many were for it. I won’t bother... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 20 Mar 2017
    ArticleFounding Director, The Rev. Bob Chase Retires

    Intersections International announces the retirement of its Founding Director, The Reverend Robert Chase. A decade ago, the Collegiate Churches entrusted Reverend Chase with the responsibility of sculpting their vision, that of an organization working on the front lines of national and global conflict to bring greater understanding,... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 13 Mar 2017
    ArticleWar Pays My Bills.

    Almost everything I own is a result of the war in Afghanistan. My car, my clothing, my guns, my apartment The income I have invested in stocks, and other financial funds are also because of the war. The war made me better. I think it made me appreciate my life, my family and where I came from. Every day I think about how grateful I am... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 13 Mar 2017
    ArticleIt’s Up to Us (Always Has Been)

    One of the most frustrating and emotionally and spiritually damaging aspects of Transgender justice work is the persistent confrontation with silence. There is always a moment when individuals, organizations of all kinds, family members or friends, communities of faith, and government entities have an opportunity to offer care, kindness... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 2 Mar 2017
    ArticleKuwait

    I just stepped off the plane for my first active duty tour in Iraq. It is 2003 and I am taking my first steps in Kuwait.  I hear people speaking in a language that I cannot understand.  I feel overwhelmed.  As soon as we land, everything is fast paced. I worry that I might not be able to process things quickly in a... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 28 Feb 2017
    ArticleYoung, Trans, and Afraid of the Bathroom

    Editor's Note: Today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice made it clear that they will not uphold guidelines designed to help schools support transgender students. Our faith tells us trans students deserve to be treated with dignity and respect—this includes the ability to use bathrooms and locker rooms that... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 28 Feb 2017
    ArticleFighting Female Genital Mutilation

    In 2012, the United Nations (UN) designated February 6th as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The day is observed to raise awareness of the issue and to encourage concrete action against the practice. For readers who’ve never heard of this inhumane and harmful practice—FGM involves... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 27 Feb 2017
    ArticleA Journey of Leading: From Hell to Abundance

    In The Beginning As the oldest of four kids, and second oldest of twenty grandchildren, I’ve had my share of opportunities in leading others. Accountability rested on my shoulders. My elders directed their questions to me if we did not complete our chores. Oftentimes those questions turned to physical and emotional abuse at the... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 27 Feb 2017
    ArticleWhen I Took On a Role Originated for a White Man

    Last year, I began playing the role of Sam Simon in the one-man (and two musician) play The Actual Dance, the story of a married couple’s navigation of the wife's breast cancer diagnosis, told through the husband’s perspective. The anxiety and anticipation of potentially losing her is compared to waiting in a ballroom to... more...

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