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  • Blog
    Wed, 5 Apr 2017
    ArticleInternalized Resilience-Embracing Thrivingness

    I am not oppressed, I am not a victim—I thrive, I rise, I am. A few months ago, I participated at an organization's Board of Directors meeting. It was an intense gathering where we were all challenged to stretch beyond our comfort zones and look at how each of us participates in anti-oppression work and in oppression... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 3 Apr 2017
    ArticleSelective Privilege

    Veteran privilege. This is a phrase that invokes a broad range of reactions depending on who the audience is. From bland nonchalance to foaming mouth religious fervor, the American public’s feelings about veteran privilege runs a gamut of emotions. Does veteran privilege exist? Some people would reason that yes; given the... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 27 Mar 2017
    Article“She Started It”: Why the Marine Internet...

    I refuse to be disgusted or outraged by the revelation this week that thousands of Marines and other military members actively violated the privacy of their “sisters in arms” by posting their naked pictures online without their knowledge or consent. I refuse to default to the usual complaint about the top brass doing... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 27 Mar 2017
    ArticleSymptom of the Disease

    I was not surprised when I learned that the Marine Corps’ nude-photo-sharing story proved to be just the beginning of an even bigger problem – encompassing all the major branches of the military in a sexual scandal that has rocked the nation. I thought back to the time of my own Army service when a new female... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 27 Mar 2017
    ArticleThis Generation and the Next

    I am currently en route to Pakistan for our sixth UPIC trip over the past five years. It is an important moment in our long-term effort to help ease tension between our two countries.

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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...

  • Blog
    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...

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