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The Sacred Worth of Women and Girls

Guest Post from Katey Zeh, Director of Healthy Families, Healthy Planet Initiative of the United Methodist Church: When I began writing this piece, I was stopped abruptly by the amazingly weird sensation of the right side of my belly leaping upward.  I’m currently thirty weeks pregnant with our first child, a daughter. For years I’ve… Continue reading The Sacred Worth of Women and Girls

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Setting Captives Free

Doug Walker works for the General Board of Church and Society establishing Healing Communities, a framework for ministry to persons returning from or at risk of incarceration, their families, and the larger community.  He works 15 hours a week on behalf of the wider church trying to bridge the gap between local church life and the… Continue reading Setting Captives Free

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Of Shelter Services and Social Responsibility

I recently had coffee with the Executive Director of domestic violence and sexual assault services for a multi-county area in Iowa. At one point, I asked her how the changes to shelter services were going. For those who don't know, domestic violence and sexual assault services in Iowa are undergoing a massive modernization effort. You… Continue reading Of Shelter Services and Social Responsibility

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When Faith Leaves the Museum

  Ai Weiwei, perhaps best known for his exhibit Sunflower Seeds, is a conceptual artist who creates "social or performance-based interventions." He is one of a number of artists who have decided to take art out of the museum and into society. For Ai Weiwei, these interventions are a way of "merging his life and art in order to… Continue reading When Faith Leaves the Museum