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Set Free on Holy Thursday

Today I watched a man go free. I was on a jury, trying him for the crime of breaking into an apartment and stealing a cell phone. We heard the evidence and deliberated for two days. Most people thought he probably did it. He had a mean look about him. But the evidence wasn’t there…

Photo of Ofelia Rivas by Jason Jacks for The Sierra Club.

Today Needs Another Name

This Columbus Day, the spirit of 1492 is alive and well.

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Let Freedom Wring

I didn’t know it was Banned Books Week when I attended the discussion on Sherman Alexie’s National Book Award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian at the school library last night. Nor had I read the book, though it seemed worth supporting. Heck, anything that gets my 19-year-old welding and construction students to…

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Hoping for Option B

Two brothers talk about the death penalty, kayaking, and the reality of evil.

“Romero is always present,” says Ana Grande, 30. A 2005 mural by J. Reyes Yasbek entitled Verdad y Justicia (“Truth and Justice”) attests to Romero’s continuing legacy in the struggle for social justice. All photos by Richard Amesbury.

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Archbishop Romero’s legacy survives in El Salvador.

August 31, 2005, from space.

The Last Nail

God and democracy four years after Hurricane Katrina.

Bayard Rustin in 1963

Gays Are the New Niggers

40 years after the Stonewall riots, what Bayard Rustin means for American democracy.

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Pilgrimage to Nowhere – In the Beginning

Would an activists’s life have been better spent in the in the lotus position, seeking no-self?

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Marching the Buddha

If monks in Myanmar weren’t marching against the military junta this week, they would likely be taking part in a march of another kind. Late September is traditionally the time for one of Myanmar’s largest religious festivals, held just 100 miles north of Yangon, epicenter of the protests and scene of increasingly violent government response.…

"The bread, I learned, was baked by the people I took communion with..."

Take This Bread

An unlikely convert learns that believing and understanding don’t always arrive at the same time.

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The Cross and the Color Line

They killed King Jesus and Dr. King. Can anything ever be all right again?

"A poverty that would keep us free."

It Makes Great Press

A group of New England Buddhists finds Zen in the art of panhandling–but at what cost?

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Losing Their Religion?

The Salvation Army has been taking money from the government for years. But at what cost?

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Judas and the Priests

This Easter, Boston Catholics find 30 million pieces of silver in their baskets.

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The Divine Economy

Faith-Based Initiative: “Will religion rule the White House, or is Bush offering an IPO of the Lord?”