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'To Bless All Mankind'

What can help marriage succeed?

Marriages are under a lot of pressure. So many are short-lived or never happen in the first place.

Marriage can fight poverty—but how do you promote it?

At the Maclellan Shelter for Families, Gena Roberts Ellis stands in front of about two dozen residents, blending humor with what she views as an urgent mission: helping these families stay intact. For twenty years the organization Ellis works for, First Things First, has been trying to help lower divorce rates and raise marriage rates in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which has higher-than-average poverty.

Lifting up prayers for Texas and beyond

After initial news reports about hurricane Harvey, I checked in with a friend from Houston to see if she was OK and to let her know that she and her family were in my thoughts and prayers. She responded that they were fine, but added: “Keep praying.

As College Avenue in Houston flooded one night in August, the yellow Waffle House sign at the top of the hill stayed on. Stranded drivers trudged toward the glow through muck and rain and sat down for a sip of coffee and some eggs-and-grits, glad to be shielded, at least for a moment, from a storm named Harvey.

Love and compassion in caring for health needs

There was an article in my local newspaper a few years ago announcing the opening of a new hospital in the neighboring town. To meet patients’ growing demand for more holistic care, the hospital would provide care that treated the whole patient—striving to meet both spiritual and physical needs.

What Americans mean by ‘health’

How’s your health?  The question isn’t so simple anymore, according to a survey of more than 1,000 Americans by the giant marketing firm J. Walter Thompson.

Today’s heroism

To acknowledge today’s heroes, and to do so publicly, is certainly important, both to honor them and also to inspire us to look at our own opportunities to stand strong in difficult trials. Earlier this year, The Christian Science Monitor reported that the US State Department had presented 13 women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Award.

‘True heroes’: honoring 13 women of courage

Earlier this year, in a rare public appearance outside of the White House, first lady Melania Trump presented 13 women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Award, honoring their demonstrated courage and leadership in the face of adversity.   The award, given annually by the State Department since 2007, acknowledges the recipients’ work advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at their own personal risk.

Unity in diversity

It’s an indisputable fact that we live in a world of sharply divided opinion. Many sincere thinkers are devoting time and energy to finding answers.

The call for citizens to ‘go local’

This year there have been calls for more local control from many politicians in France, Britain, Italy, and elsewhere. A similar move toward localism has emerged in the United States, across the political spectrum.