Starting A Community Service Project: Step One

  What really defines a community service project is the burning desire to bring about social change.  Start locally.  Do something to address a specific problem in your surrounding community, whether it’s your school, work or residential neighborhood.  Something needs to change!  It can be overwhelming:  The list of possible issues to address—hunger, joblessness, crime, […]

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Can DIY Social Action Make a Difference?

  DIY means Do-It-Yourself.  We are in the midst of a DIY revolution.  It’s time to get directly involved to improve one’s life, or so say home improvement retailers like Home Depot or Lowe’s.  Sometimes it is simply more satisfying (and less expensive) to pick up the hammer and do it yourself. Young adults in […]

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Facts About the Transgender Community (Infographic)

Nov. 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to commemorate the transgender persons lost to violence in the past year. The transgender community is so small (roughly 0.3 of the U.S. population) that only a small percentage of persons (8%) say they know someone who is transgender.  Yet the debate over gender fluidity on […]

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Before Serving Others, Raise Your Awareness

  “I hate it when volunteers come down here,” a neighbor told Robert Lupton, author of the book, Toxic Charity.   Virgil, who lived in an economically challenged neighborhood of Atlanta, had just observed a fourteen-passenger van filled with young volunteers on a mission trip.  This church group been coming every weekend for two months and […]

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To Reach Fulfillment, We Need Community (Video)

Why not go it alone?  Each of us wants to be a unique individual and to determine our own destiny.  But here’s a fact:  we need community in order to achieve personal fulfillment.  It can be quite challenging to strike a balance between our individual needs and our life in community.  For Americans, individualism—that image […]

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Sexual Assault On Campus (Infographic)

Sexual assault may not seem like the most immediate threat to a young woman sent off to college this fall. Yet it’s a sobering fact that, over the course of her four-year career, a female student’s chance of being raped is approximately one in four. That’s the same chance as catching the flu in the average year (20-25%).

Safety from sexual violence, which includes not just rape but any forced or unwanted sexual activity, is a basic human right.

Spiritual leaders and faith communities—campus ministries or congregations in the university neighborhood—can take a few simple actions to increase women’s safety on campus. Everyone has a basic right to sanctuary, a safe space to flourish and grow.

The infographic below offers a few statistics and what can be done to make women feel more safe on campus.

When Helping Hurts: How to Avoid Toxic Charity

  Seeking to serve the poor, do we ever hurt them instead? Sometimes when we provide assistance to someone, we end up insulting them, confusing them or hurting them, often quite unintentionally. There is a favorite expression in my family whenever this happens: “The helping hand strikes again.” It’s a special danger when you occupy […]

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