Dushan’s Decision

It was seven-thirty in the morning and Dushan was in his bedroom, trying to read his father's Jewish prayer book before he went to the office but, he couldn't concentrate. He was thinking about the conversation he had yesterday with Chioma. They were at her flat and had just finished having lunch. When they were …

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Pauli Murray

True community is based on upon equality, mutuality, and reciprocity. It affirms the richness of individual diversity as well as the common human ties that bind us together - AZ Quotes Pauli Murray was a civil rights activist, feminist, lawyer, writer, poet and the first woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest, serving for eight …

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Better than Nothing

He tried to concentrate on the passage he was reading but he couldn't. Why didn't Mrs. Siri's grand-daughter, Clara address him as, "Father"? Everyone else did, even those who weren't of the Catholic faith. It really bothered him. She didn't call him anything. Perhaps he should talk to her grandmother about it the next time …

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The Park

It was such a beautiful, sunny day that after visiting her aunt, Jessie decided that she would go to the park and spend an hour or so before heading home.  She loved this old park.  As a child she used to come here with her aunt and her cousins.  She went to her favorite area …

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Sacred Vows

His strategy for forgetting Justine Samuels was to keep busy with his work as the local parish priest but his efforts failed miserably.  No matter where he was or what he was doing, he couldn't stop thinking about her and wishing that he could see her again.  He missed her terribly.  Against his better judgment, …

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Jesus’s Birth

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace - Isaiah 9:6 Jesus' birth didn't happen exactly as one would expect.  Matthew tells us how it came about.  Mary, Jesus' mother was a …

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Saved by Grace

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God - Ephesians 2:8 Years ago I stood watching people ascend what is commonly known as Pilate's Staircase.  Just today my family and I were talking about it and I got emotional as I thought of the people …

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Mental Health Crisis in India

More than 50 million people in India suffer from a mental illness.  In 2011, India recorded the highest rate of major depression in the world at 36 per cent.  According to doctors, roughly 10 per cent of India's population suffers from depression - MGMH   Women with mental illness are treated as less than human. …

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The Untouchables

300 million Dalits or “Untouchables” comprise the lowest rung of the still-practiced Hindu caste system. These people are despised, viewed as subhuman, and treated like dirt - Gospel for Asia A small girl walks barefoot around a half-starved dog lying in her path. She picks her way over garbage and sewer-sodden ground as she approaches …

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The Cruel Cut

Photo:  The Guardian FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. The practice also violates …

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