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Ecumenism in the Era of World Christianity

Almost a century ago, William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, affirmed that the ecumenical movement was the great new fact of our era. [1] At the time, the ecumenical movement seemed to be one of the most vibrant events of the

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Living in the Shadow of Occupation

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In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered…All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the

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Ecumenism in the Era of World Christianity

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Almost a century ago, William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, affirmed that the ecumenical movement was the great new fact of our era. [1] At the time, the ecumenical movement seemed to be one of the most vibrant events of the twentieth century, and its range extended overwhelmingly. Uruguayan theologian Julio

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Laudato Si’ and The Accra Confession in Conversation

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In 2004, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches 24th General Council in Accra, Ghana, released The Accra Confession: Covenanting for Justice in the Economy and the Earth. The Accra Confession came out of more than a decade of global dialogues among leadership of Reformed churches. At their meeting in Accra,

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Is Religion Holding Us Back?

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Ecumenical and Interfaith Justice Work in a Post-Secular Age In 1990, the World Council of Churches released its Guidelines on Dialogue with People of Living Faiths and Ideologies. While this is not the most recent (or perhaps the most widely used) document of its kind on ecumenical or interfaith work,

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The Missional Church: The Church Catholic

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I was teaching youth and college Sunday school a few years ago, and we were discussing the Apostles’ Creed, particularly the part where Christians confess belief in the ‘holy and catholic church’. One student spoke up and asked what the Creed meant by ‘catholic’. Without much thought, I rattled off

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Justice and Responsibility: The Drug War in Colombia

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Interview with German Zarate-Durier Unbound: Let’s start with the basics: What is the drug war like in Colombia? German: I would say that in Colombia there are two things related to drugs that really affect society – corruption and violence. To start with corruption, it isn’t just something that affects

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Taking Back Our Education

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The Rising Cost of College Tuition I recently overheard a father discussing college tuition and loans with his son. “When I was in college, I just took a summer job to pay my tuition,” the father earnestly argued. He was genuinely confused that his son was not able to pay

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Public Schools and the Public Good

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The Social Contract We Have ‘Left Behind’ Consider this definition of justice from the Rev. J. Philip Wogaman, the retired pastor at Washington, D.C.’s Foundry United Methodist Church: “Justice is the community’s guarantee of the conditions necessary for everybody to be a participant in the common life of society… If

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Interview with Jim Irby

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Unbound: What was your role in the education system? Jim: I worked with a nonprofit organization that partners with schools to provide small-group and one-on-one tutoring, mentoring, and encouragement. Additionally, I provided after-school and summer programming for students and designed extracurricular activities to create a positive school climate. Unbound: At what

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