Stop giving bonus points for success

Mar 16, 2015 by

Sociologist Dalton Conley explained on NPR’s Here and Now how families become less cohesive when one sibling is significantly richer than the others. Money triggers family tensions. Siblings with more money...

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Planting opportunity, rebuilding lives

Jan 12, 2015 by and

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Breezes flutter the sheer fabric hanging in the doorway of Gladys Joseph’s new home in Cabaret, 24 miles outside Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince. There’s room in the yard...

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Bluffton professor: Ferguson was years in the making

Dec 8, 2014 by

BLUFFTON, Ohio — The aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., hasn’t surprised Walter Paquin, a Bluffton University faculty member. “This is an event 20-plus years in the making,” the...

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If we burn, you burn with us

Nov 28, 2014 by

In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, the main character, Katniss, in the midst of the battle, delivers a powerful line to the president: We could take this at the simple level of a threat,...

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Reducing infant deaths

Oct 27, 2014 by

Singing “Nothing is lost on the breath of God” in church on a recent Sunday, my mind called up the face and tiny body of the stillborn child I blessed most recently. I had read about a church that held a...

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What would Jesus earn?

Sep 11, 2014 by

In her August 2014 Sojourners article “The Rich Get Richer,” Julie Polter notes that “95  percent of all economic gains in the U.S. since the Great Recession went to the top 1 percent,” and asks,...

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I am rich

Jun 3, 2014 by

We got our income taxes done last week. Let me tell you, I was stunned by the final number — it was staggeringly low. We fall way, way below the poverty line for our area. As in, guess a ridiculously low...

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