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    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleThe Power of One; The Power of Many

    Moments have a way of touching our hearts and leaving memories that turn into images. These images resurface in the most unexpected moments and take us back to the memories of the days gone by. We look at them and feel them as we do when standing in front of a beautiful painting; their features alive and filled with color. To say that... more...

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    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleAn Artist on Top of the World – Remembering...

    One night during Memorial Day weekend of 2014, my friend Bobby and I stood on the roof of a skyscraper residential building on 72nd street. As our friends and family partied around us and fireworks went off in the distance, we looked down upon New York City. I said to him, “Everything that we want is within reach, bro.” He... more...

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    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleThe Long Hand of the Pigeon

    As a child I used to believe in just wars, trusting my elders and being able to isolate evil people in the world. All part of my miseducation, I suppose. I’ve come a long way and now look back at this time as an odd dream. I think back in anger at all that was fed to me through school and elsewhere. This is not to say that I am... more...

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    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    ArticleThe Way Forward (On the Graduation of the U.S....

    Body bags laid out like black piano keys The somber discordant score of war. Brought up on the dream The impervious fighting machine The American soldier, G.I. Joe, now Jane Gladiator, warrior, hero of the world. This is equality. One finally equals one Right down to shaved heads No gender bias for killing... more...

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    Mon, 19 Jun 2017
    ArticleThe Veteran and Pit-bull-itus

    We were picking up a friend when I saw a man pushing down a woman. I walked over and managed to pull him off of her. Of course, he wouldn’t leave her alone, a little too much alcohol on board.  I told another bystander to call the cops, after asking if she wanted them. I asked because it was Seattle, they were minorities, and... more...

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    Mon, 19 Jun 2017
    ArticleI Went to Pakistan Looking for Answers, I Found a...

    This spring, I attended an interreligious peace conference in Pakistan. When I landed, I thought that Spring would bring fighting season soon, just a few hundred kilometers north.  The late March heat in Lahore and Islamabad thrust me back into the sights and sounds of Central Asia, the smell of korma, the wail of the Azan at prayer... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 12 Jun 2017
    ArticleRecovering from Conversion Therapy One Bible...

    When I first came out gay in 1999, many gay Christians and queer scholars were asking, “Who is gay/lesbian in the Bible?” Some pointed to Jonathan and David. Others to Ruth and Naomi. There were rumors of a gay Roman Centurion. I understood why people were on a quest to find gay Bible characters. Read more. more...

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    Mon, 12 Jun 2017
    ArticlePink-washing, Pride Parades and Imperialism

    One of the many ways white supremacy and global US hegemony operates is through the institutionalization of a consistent narrative that purports America and “the allies” as civilizational predecessors and role models to “the others.” When a lie is told consistently over and over again, it becomes truth, or at... more...

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    Mon, 12 Jun 2017
    ArticleWanderlust

    The contract that I signed when I joined the Army reflected that I would serve no more than the four years that I signed up for. I put in a little overtime during that stretch (in those days you had to treat the military contract like a + 1 wedding invite; the + 1 in my case reflects the extra year of overseas duty after I got... more...

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    Mon, 12 Jun 2017
    ArticlePeace Is Complicated

    The philosopher Confucius was onto something when he stated, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” This quote applies to many areas of life, but these days it makes me think specifically about conflict resolution, particularly on a national and global level. It seems that the higher the stakes are,... more...

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