COVID-19 and Education

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If you are feeling worried in these uncertain times, you are not alone. If you are filled with the desire to do something, to help, but you are aware of your limitations as you stay home for your safety and the safety of your community, you are not alone. These feelings of fear, uncertainty and the desire to do something were a main point of discussion this week when members of the Educate a Child Initiative gathered digitally for a meeting we were supposed to be having in person. Since its beginnings after the 221st General Assembly, the Educate a Child Initiative has been rooted in finding ways Presbyterians, can follow our rich history of supporting education by advocating locally and nationally for teacher and children. Through this work, we have sought quality education for all children and healthy work conditions for all educators and school employees.


Hope and Death Row

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In June, I left for Austin, TX to begin a summer of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). I settled quickly into a rhythm, spending my days in the medical and surgical intensive care units of the biggest hospital in Austin. The hardest cases for me were the ones that offered no way out. I froze every time a patient said I can’t imagine what comes after this. As if the patient were looking into an oncoming nothing. I called these crises of imagination, and they haunted me then. But I’ve since discovered that real hope is, in fact, born of imagining nothing. As the literary critic Terry Eagleton has famously pointed out, when King Lear gloats that “nothing will come of nothing,” he is phenomenally wrong. “Something,” Eagleton continues, “if it is finally to emerge, can do so only from the ruins of some illusory all.” Hope, then, lives at the


Poems of the Pandemic

They have closed the schools for three weeks.
The children who are resilient go to their houses
(if they have them) to annoy their parents (if
they have them) because no one has


The Pandemic Unveiling

These feel like apocalyptic times. The streets that surround my apartment in Brooklyn are quiet. These streets are rarely quiet like this. Bars and restaurants are closed. The New York

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    Chris:We were asked by the General Assembly of the church to look at the Doctrine of Discovery to understand its implications historically and the contemporary damage that it continues to do. I don’t think there is any more historic perspective among the Native American Presbyterians than yours and that of

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    Does the name Mohammed Mossadegh ring a bell for you? For your congregation?  It did not for the New York Times when it published the article “The Tension between America and Iran, Explained”.  A major boulevard in Tehran is named for this historical figure of the 20th century, but in

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    The words “settlers” and “territories” harken back to the earliest stories that came from the Europeans who sailed to the “New World.” They have complicated histories which go back to our nation’s original sins of slavery and the genocide of indigenous peoples. But Americans don’t have a monopoly on these

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    Lee:                                                      Elona, please introduce yourself to the Unbound audience and tell us a little bit about the work you are doing. Elona:                                                   Well, my name is Elona Street-Stewart. Delaware Nanticoke is my tribe, and I am the Synod Executive of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies here

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    Lee:                                                       Doreen please introduce yourself and tell us about yourself and what kind of work you’re doing, just so we can get to know you a little bit. Doreen:                                                 Uvafa Nutaaq, Utqiabvigmiu. Aapaga Samuel Simmonds, aakaga Martha Afupqana Simmonds, suli Hester Tugli Simmonds. Translation: My name is Nutaaq,

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    Scrawled on a page of my Choctaw Hymn book is the Choctaw version of Matthew 7:7, “Hvsh asilhhakma, hvch ima he; hvsh hoyokmvt, hvsh ahayucha he; hvsh soko hakma, hvchin tiwa he oke.” Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will


Who Gets to Speak

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A Word of Caution for Human Rights Day December 6, 2011 by Patrick David Heery, an editorial   They do not need a voice. They need a microphone. This December, Unbound offers a mini-issue for Human Rights Day, December 10, 2011, when people all across the world celebrate the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human


Interview with Charles Freeman

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Unbound: What was your role in the education system? Charles: I was a college professor, teaching music history and related classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Unbound: At what type of school did you work? Charles: Over the course of my career, I taught at both public and private (evangelical Christian) universities. Unbound:


A Response to the Foothills Presbytery from the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy

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This post was originally published as part of the Presbyterian Outlook’s coverage of the Foothills overtures at  Introduction The Presbytery of Foothills sent copies of several of its overtures to the Advisory Committee in June, after developing and circulating these proposals for some time. Our members have debated about responding, as our response may inevitably

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