Legacy of a Nonconformist Saint

Why Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for “transformed nonconformists” is just as important to answer today.
 
 
 

6 Things Holding You Back From Making a Difference

Examining a few of the the things that get in the way of being world changers. Read More
 

In an extended radio interview with Focus on the Family, U2 frontman and humanitarian Bono discussed his marriage, fatherhood, personal insecurity, faith, salvation, Jesus' "justice agenda," and why being an advocate to the poor is so important to him. Among some of his more notable quotes from the interview, Bono says he relates to David because of his musicianship, and called the Psalms "gospel and songs of praise,” saying they are like “the blues." In discussing Christ, Bono said he respects Jesus’ ability to confront people with truth, calling His frank-but-still-loving attitude “punk rock.” When discussing activism, Bono said differences in theology and beliefs shouldn’t prevent people from uniting on causes that help the suffering, like The One Campaign. “People don't understand in that scripture, the Samaritan was at odds with the ideology of the person he stopped on the road for. This is why we call it The ONE Campaign” … Discuss

 

This August, various social justice organizations that you know and love—or don't know but would probably love if you did—are going to be meeting up in Los Angeles for an event called Fourth Estate Leadership Summit. Basically, it'll be a network of students, groups, leaders and causes for what they're calling a "Common Good Exchange," which sounds like the best possible kind of exchange. Invisible Children will be hosting the event, and it's going to be featuring some other great people: charity:water, TOMS Shoes, TWLOHA, The Giving Keys and dozens of other great organizations will be showing up. And, yes, we'll be making an appearance ourselves and, frankly, we can't wait. If you want to go, just head over the site and apply. Applications are due May 15, so you've got plenty of time weigh the pros and cons—particularly since there are so few cons ... Discuss

 

Making Compassion Last

How to help long after a crisis has faded from the headlines. Read More
 

The Atlantic Weekly has an interesting story about the curious plight of Burma, a country that has been under military rule for almost 50 years. However, in 2012, the country got its first democratically elected leadership, and their first bit of media reform goes into effect on April 1: newspapers. For the first time in half a century, the Burmese people will be allowed to print and read actual journalism, and there are a handful of citizens working around the clock to see to it that they put their new freedom to good use. A ragtag band of journalists have been creating their own personal newspaper for some time now and, come April, they'll start publishing the The Yangon Times for the masses. But, until then, they've got a lot of learning to do. The paper's chairman, Ko Ko, said that "The people are now realizing that initially there is a big dream, daily newspapers is a dream. Now the dream's come true and they started to realize this is not an easy job" ... Discuss

 

Legacy of a Nonconformist Saint

Why Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for “transformed nonconformists” is just as important to answer today. Read More