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Believing

Sundays are big days for beliefs. For many years now, beliefs to me always include thinking about ending poverty. I see volunteers leave after a day of service here ready to help us, many whose lights go on in their minds about what is possible. I also meet many people here whom we are helping to obtain basic need items,…

Today is our birthday

Thirteen years ago, to this day, A Wider Circle was born. I remember clearly having to make my living room hospitable for the students who had emailed about doing an internship. Several of them had been students in my classes, but I worried about how they would all respond to spending the thousands of dollars they spent on their education…

Time to be Loud and Clear!

About 20 years ago, there was a magazine cover of a few “vocal” radio personalities that got paid quite a bit, and they seemed to affect the American consciousness just as much. Each day, their commentaries were loud, a combination of enthusiasm and just plain hate. They were disrespectful to others, they ridiculed opinions that were not the same as…

The visitor

If a visitor from another planet landed in the middle of our nation’s capital region – or any other region in the United States – to learn about our species and the values that guide our species, he would be pretty confused. If that visitor stood right in the middle of the region and looked to his left, he would…