Human component of outreach work is crucial

March 20, 2006
The challenge of homelessness, more than to correct economic inequality, is to eradicate marginalization. From my conversations and experiences with people in shelters, I’ve realized that this challenge concerns human connections, not money; compassion, not welfare. I learned a lot from Frankie. Frankie has black hair, a gray peppered mustache and wears a white T-shirt »

Despite hype, Roe isn’t binary issue

February 6, 2006
With the addition of two new justices to the Supreme Court — and Pat Robertson praying for more — it is no surprise that many have taken up “Defend Roe” as their battle cry. “Pro-choicers” square off against “pro-lifers” at California demonstrations and on the floor of Congress. But, as is so often the case »

Holiday Tree celebrates Christmas only

December 2, 2005
On Nov. 29, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert recommended that the “Holiday Tree” erected every year be renamed the “Capitol Christmas Tree,” as it was originally called fewer than 10 years ago. The name was originally changed to acknowledge and accommodate the other holidays celebrated during the holiday season, namely Kwanzaa and Chanukah. Similarly, the »