Nelson Mandela, who today turns 95, is a man of honor, courage, and empowerment. His work to end apartheid not only helped South Africans for the past several decades, but will also impact future generations in Africa and around the world. In 2009 the United Nations made July 18th Mandela Day “to inspire individuals to take…

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

Recently I moved from the heart of downtown Oakland to the quiet streets of Emeryville, California. As a girl who grew up with woods in her backyard, Oakland was very different to what I’m used to when it comes to neighborhoods. Although I’ve lived in New York City (Harlem and Brooklyn), Pittsburgh, and other cities,…

Recently I had a chance to speak with well-known community activist Shane Caliborne, a Christian working in Philadelphia to reverse the city’s high gun violence rate. By combining his passion for healthy food access, community involvement, and peace, he is part of a powerful movement called The Simple Way that is shaping the city’s future from one…

Jesus treated women differently than others would have treated women during his time, serving as a sort of early feminist, says the Rev. Susan Sparks, senior pastor at Madison Avenue Baptist Church. “Maybe you could even say Jesus was sort of the Betty Friedan of first century Palestine, because you look at how he honored…

Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade. Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, explains why suicide should be seen as a faith issue.   Reprinted with permission from Odyssey Networks

I’ve traveled to Israel and have seen the Western Wall – or Wailing Wall – in person. It’s an extraordinary experience, and while I was there I had to separate from the men to the “Women Only” section. I was surprised to learn that this custom of separation was introduced so late in history – it only…

Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing on February 11 that he would resign at the end of February. His decision marked the first time in nearly 600 years that a pope has stepped down before death. Significant events and moments in Benedict’s papacy include major writings, missteps and international travels. Once he steps…

During their lifetime, one out of every four women will experience violence from an intimate partner.   Today, clergy are reaching out and   supporting those women who become victims in their own homes. Originally posted on Odyssey Networks.

January marks the two-year anniversary of South Sudan’s independence referendum, a vote for formal separation from Sudan after several years of disputes between the two regions over the land. Elias Taban, the national bishop of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and Uganda, experienced the impact of Sudan’s war first hand. Just after his…

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