On Not Being an Orphanage: Development(‘s History) vs./and Liberation

What if development, as we knew it, was inherently bad? I have not written on this blog for quite awhile, because I was reading.  It was the first book I have read since college, and it was a dense, long-winded one: Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez’s “A Theology of Liberation.” Gutierrez’s basic argument is that truly Christian […]

Making Peace by Not Doing: Good Slacktivism

“What do you do?” is typically the second question anybody asks you, if you are over the age of 20.  We are socialized to formulate a response relating to our professional career, workplace position title, or place of employment, which are usually indicative of our socio-economic status. We have allowed what we do from 9 […]

What life in Uganda has to do with Sandy Hook violence

When I first began living with a Ugandan family, even in an urban setting, I had trouble sitting still.  My body was jittery.  The ninth-grade drummer in me couldn’t stop tapping on furniture to break the silence.  I sat in a dark room for hours at a time, dwelling in the ambiance of human breath and […]