Category Archives: Current

Celebrating Juneteenth

This month, we celebrate and honor the fourth anniversary of Juneteenth. Designated in 2021 as a federal holiday by President Joe Biden, Juneteenth’s origins date back to June 19,1865, when those who were enslaved in Texas were finally able to exercise their freedom. Even though President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation two years prior, […]

May is AAPI Month

As stated in a proclamation from the White House,“This month, we celebrate the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities, whose ingenuity, grit, and perseverance have pushed our great American experiment forward.” While this is the broader reason behind AAPI Month, Fran Campbell, president of the Asian Chamber of Commerce in […]

Peter Van Arsdale shares the story of the survivor of the Cambodian Genocide in episode of “Never Again”

Last month in honor and recognition of Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, the Coalition Against Global Genocide called upon fellow clergy and friends of faith to participate in an annual Sermon Weekend. The weekend served not only as a time to reflect on all the lives lost to genocide, but also as an opportunity to […]

Annual Sermon Weekend to take place this weekend, April 12-14 In Honor of Genocide Prevention and Awareness Month

While many of us think of April as the first sign of spring and new beginnings, there is another association with this month that is both jarring and grim. April, designated as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, is a time of reflection and action – reflection on all the genocides that have happened in modern history and action […]

How War and Genocide Impact Women

“This moment, we seem to have wars everywhere, there’s violence taking place everywhere.”   These words, uttered by Dr. Pius Kamau set the stage for his podcast interview with Millete Birhanemaskel, journalist, activist, and Tigrayan Human Rights Advocate. In the interview, the pair discuss the atrocities of torture and rape as weapons against women during war.   Birhanemaskel […]

Unfinished business for the world’s women

This Women’s History month, is a time to celebrate the tremendous progress women across the world have made. But still, many members of my gender have ways to go to correct their brutish behavior towards women. I am in particular thinking of rapists that never seem to die. As we celebrate the liberation of western […]

Who run the world? Girls!

Alright, so maybe Beyonce’s lyrics aren’t necessarily a hundred percent true, but she’s definitely onto something. At the very least, these five words are an excellent reminder that women throughout history have (quite literally) changed the world. From backfilling for the male workforce during the First World War to securing the right to vote with […]

The Columbine Memorial was dedicated to the public in September 2007, nine years after 13 people were shot and killed at Columbine High School.

When a young student picks up a weapon and murders other youth, his parents and other adults in his family become part of the violent equation in his life. When one of these incidents occurs, they loudly trumpet deep familial dysfunction. Borrowing from Tolstoy: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in […]

5 influential Black Americans we don’t talk about enough

Martin Luther King Jr. Rosa Parks. Malcom X. Frederick Douglas. Harriet Tubman. When we think of Black History Month, these are some of the names that come to mind. We’ve learned about these figures in school, in studying slavery and the civil rights movement, yet there are so many Black Americans who didn’t make it into our textbooks despite […]