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President Obama gave a stirring eulogy at the funeral for the Rev. Clamenta Pinckney, the pastor of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston who was one of the nine people killed by a racist shooter last week at one of the church’s prayer meetings. “We are here today to remember a man of God who lived by faith,” Obama said. Read More

New Bill Aims to End World Slavery

Democrats and Republicans are actually working together for global justice

By most estimates, tens of millions of humans around the world live in slavery. And often, this slavery looks more complex than that of 19th-century America. Today, slavery takes the form of sex trafficking (including children), bonded labor, (involuntary) domestic servitude, child soldiery and more. Read More

When pastor Kenton Lee lived in Nairobi, Kenya, he frequently saw children with toes poking through the ends of their shoes. These encounters sparked an idea: Why not create footwear that expands as a child grows?

Partnering with the design group Proof of Concept, Lee created “The Shoe That Grows”—affordable leather footwear that expands from size five all the way to 12. Read More

Generation Chaste?

New data shows millennials don't want your sex for now Read More

Hugh Jackman Will Be Apostle Paul

You know, because everyone loved 'Noah'

Hugh Jackman is going from the X-Men to the New Testament. The Wolverine will star as the title character in the upcoming film Apostle Paul, which he is producing with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The story of how Saul of Tarsus—a persecutor of early Christians—became the apostle Paul after a supernatural encounter on the road to Damascus seems tailor-made for the big screen. Read More

Where do Americans live with the greatest sense of purpose? Earlier this year, Gallup-Healthways published the results of their latest Well-Being Index that revealed how Americans self-identified their own sense of fulfillment. The survey included categories that are traditionally easily observed and measured, but also more philosophical ones like social, community and even purpose. Though it may seem somewhat counterintuitive, “purpose” wasn’t always associated with states that had the highest ratings in the financial category. Read More