Examining an “Adoption Culture”

By: Diana Skelton (France) Many families have transformed their lives in order to adopt children, both internationally and in their own country, who would otherwise be living in underfunded institutions, or shuffled from one foster home to another. The Southern Baptist Convention (a network of churches with 16 million members) in 2009 launched a call…

Not Everything is Weakness

By: René Muhindo, (Bukavu, République Démocratique du Congo) In my neighborhood I hear judgments like: “They’re strange.  They don’t love their children, they can’t raise them, their children only inherit suffering.”  It’s the typical image that we cast on poor families.  And yet! Old Rukara is 70 years old, for 4 years he endured and…

A Load of Garbage

By: Dave Meyer (United States) There are places in New York where it seems like money flows from the faucets.  Executives earning tens of thousands of dollars a day, apartments selling for tens of millions, art auctions bringing in hundreds of millions. And then every night at dusk, when the trash bags are placed on…

The Second Line

By: Kristy McCaskill (USA) On my very first day in New Orleans, I was lucky enough to encounter a second line while exploring the streets in the Sixth Ward. New Orleans has a long history of second lines, a tradition which many scholars believe originated with West African circle dances. I arrived in New Orleans…