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    Mon, 26 Sep 2016
    ArticleAll I Know is Change

    In April of 2000 I came home to my mom from the US Navy after three years of service. Earlier that year I was honorably discharged early but re-enlisted because I wanted to be in service to my country for a while longer. The transition to my new duty station was difficult and when I asked for help, I was given none. I experienced anxiety... more...

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    Mon, 26 Sep 2016
    ArticleGun Rights for Whites Only

    Once again, Americans are confronted with a string of gut-wrenching headlines about police killing young black men, often unarmed and sometimes without apparent provocation.  Despite intense media coverage, national hand-wringing and some very positive steps taken by law enforcement, community leaders and municipal officials across... more...

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    Mon, 26 Sep 2016
    ArticleThe Language of the Unheard

    Recently, a video of a conversation between The Daily Show host Trever Noah and rapper T.I. went viral. In the snippet, Noah presses T.I. about the content of his new song and video, “Warzone.” The controversial “War Zone” video portrays an alternate reality where a young white male who lives in the suburbs is... more...

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    Fri, 16 Sep 2016
    ArticleA Service of Another Kind

    If someone were to ask you to define military service in America, you might conjure up images of tough soldiers and marines running into battle in some far flung country; a navy sailor on a submarine, quietly waiting as an enemy vessel passes close by; a pilot being pushed back into their seat by inhuman amounts of pressure as they... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 12 Sep 2016
    ArticleSeptember 11, 2001, plus fifteen years

    On Sunday, the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001, it was my sacred honor to participate in a “Faith Not Fear” interfaith gathering at Middle Collegiate Church. The event commemorated the confluence of the Muslim holy day Eid al-Adha (the Feast of the Sacrifice) with September 11 remembrances. Like everyone else in the... more...

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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016
    ArticleTen Similarities Between the Jewish and Islamic...

    When I left on Intersections’ US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) trip, I did not expect to feel related to those whom I was to meet in Islamabad and Lahore. I assumed that their political reality, their cultural life, even their climate would yield a country very foreign, if not alien, to my own... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 12 Sep 2016
    ArticleBelieve Out Loud Director James Rowe Says Goodbye

    I started working at Believe Out Loud almost five years ago. Before that time, I had no idea that there were places to turn to talk about the intersection of being LGBTQ and Christian, other than to talk about it from the harmful narrative that had been forced upon most of us for far too long.   In the 90’s, I was lucky... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 12 Sep 2016
    ArticleBack To School For Trans Kids

    The back-to-school season can bring a mixture of emotions for parents and kids alike. For some it’s all excitement. For others, it’s nervousness and trepidation. For transgender children and their parents, it can be a time of sheer terror. While some schools (and the communities they are in) are great, others are so... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 12 Sep 2016
    ArticleBeyond the Artistic Value of Protesting

    Something I appreciate about museums and art galleries is that I can observe an art piece and tell the person standing next to me what I see in it.  And that person can say “Ah, I see that now.”  And then they can tell me how they see it, and I can nod with my thumb holding up my chin and my index finger covering my... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 9 Sep 2016
    ArticleThe Road From Lamp Shade to Helmet

    Marine Corps take the wheel, Take it from my hands, ‘Cause I can’t take this student loan, I’m letting go, So give me rank of Lance, Save me from this road I’m on, Marine Corps take the wheeeeel. ~ (with apologies to Carrie Underwood) In 2007 I was a college senior living off campus in my rugby... more...

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