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April 29, 2007

She emigrated to the United States from Sri Lanka. He came from Sudan. Both held strong ties to their homelands while building new lives here. Those bonds have inspired two U.S. parishes to construct concrete witnesses to the global church...

October 31, 2006

She says she has no nightmares about stepping over human bones strewn on the ground. She says she wasn’t traumatized by her trip to Rwanda to learn why one group of people killed another. But 16-year-old Mallika Kandelwhal is not your...

May 31, 2006

Cindy Flanders doesn’t do the “island shuffle.” Unlike many year-round residents of Martha’s Vineyard, she, her partner, Bill, and their young son, Michael, rent a two-bedroom home for $1,425 a month, which they don’t have to vacate for...

February 28, 2006

Maureen was 17 when she started drinking. Her new husband had been drafted, and back then, “Everybody in our social group drank.” Later, home with four children and no washer or dryer, she continued drinking to avoid stress and isolation....

December 31, 2005

Still can’t operate that MP3 player your son-in-law gave you for Christmas? Ever wonder what your 17-year-old really does on her computer during homework time? Perhaps they feel equally left out by the doctrines and customs known as “...

November 30, 2005

Volunteers from two Episcopal churches join forces to transform a beautiful but tired old church in 12 hours. A new reality TV makeover? Hardly. This is reality in New Rochelle, N.Y., thanks to parishioners at St. John’s in nearby...

September 30, 2005

The streets of DuPont Circle in Northwest Washington, D.C., are hot and steamy in late summer, and morning brings little relief. Many homeless people have nowhere to go. Some lucky ones know about Charlie’s Place. An outreach ministry...

June 30, 2005

Not many topics would draw more than 300 teens and parents to a diocesan-sponsored lecture on a Friday night in Salt Lake City. But the subject was power, or moral courage in the face of power, especially as it touches adolescent girls’...

January 31, 2005

How should a church deal with neighborhood youth gangs? The Rev. Narciso Diaz, mission priest at Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Waukegan, Ill., has some ideas. Diaz carefully reaches out to Hispanic gang leaders on the streets around his...