Raising Successful Children

“Raising Successful Children” by Madeline Levine, a clinician, consultant, and author; children need to be free to fail rather monitored every moment, NYTimes 8/5/12. Biblical reference: “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10:14).  http://nyti.ms/1ocBI4Y

Reimagining Christmas

By Sheldon Good  December 2013 “CHRISTMAS, ON THE surface, looks like the most wonderful time of year—the season of love, lights, carols, candles, and family reunions, the time when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Look a bit deeper, though, and one might notice a more idolatrous narrative shining just as brightly: consumerism. Freeing […]

Religion And The Environment

Faith groups organize to protect the environment.

Resource: Sexuality Unit for 9th-Graders

A high school unit on sexuality.

Review of Thomas Picketty

For help with understanding and using a controversial economist. “Back in 2001 two French economists, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, circulated a seminal research paper (formally published two years later) titled “Income inequality in the United States, 1913-1998.”They used data from income tax receipts to do two things that you can’t do with standard data […]

Rich Get Richer, The

Four ways to combat inequality.

Roots of Freedom

“Roots of Freedom” by Lisa Sharon Harper from Sojouners (August 2016).  “THE NATION’S FIRST blockbuster television miniseries, Roots, shocked the nation when it started airing on Jan. 23, 1977. Based on Alex Haley’s research on his own family’s story and adapted for television from Haley’s novel, Roots offered the world its first cinematic depiction of Africa and […]

Ruining Lives with Criminal ‘Justice’

“Ruining Lives with Criminal ‘Justice’” (NY Times, 7/30/15), Doug Deason, president of Deason Capital Services and the Deason Foundation, tells how he made a mistake when he was 17, and, with legal help, was lucky to get a second chance. [Use his story to practice discerning God’s work in a wholly secular report.] So many, […]

Safety Net Successes

“Safety Net Successes,” the 2/5/14 editorial in The Christian Century, to explore how “the war on poverty has not been won – but we know some of what works.” Biblical reference: “ I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink . . . I was […]

Schools That Work

“Schools That Work” by David Leonhardt from NYT (11/4/16).  “While many charter schools fail, the ones with ‘high expectation, high support’ succeed.”  A related biblical theme:  “Be perfect, therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).  Read this article online or print it out at:  http://nyti.ms/2elUrHs