Dear Alan, I hope you are well. The situation here in Yemen is still catastrophic – the government is unwilling or unable to give salaries to employees. Teachers are striking. Many people don’t have anything to eat; people are collapsing in the streets, at the mosque or at work.
Safe spaces like Jacob’s Well are becoming more difficult to find in the DTES, and the atmosphere on the street has become more hostile as gentrification continues to push a vulnerable demographic into an increasingly smaller area.
I couldn’t have been much more than 10 years old when my friend and I discovered Kazaa: the follow-up to Napster and the predecessor of the Bittorrent movement. We searched giddily through the massive online music library discovering that we could find virtually any song we wanted and have it on our computer within minutes!
As Christians around the world are beginning to hear the story of modern-day-Bethlehem, I believe Bethlehem will become an important symbol of injustice, emboldening thousands of Christians to take action. The story of the Nativity and the current socio-political realities are merging together in a flourishing of art and story-telling.
The very first issue of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy had a topless picture of Marilynne Monroe in it and that was considered pornography. Today porn is in HD and 4K, available on a cell phone for free. It is violent and degrading on a scale we have never seen before and parents have no idea.
Joshua Milton Blahyi a passionate preacher living in West Africa. He has a wife, three adopted kids, and runs a mission for homeless children. In his spare time he enjoys playing chess. If you met him on the street, you would probably think he was an ordinary man with an upstanding sense of morality. But […]
I remember my confusion when I started an internship at an environmental policy office. It wasn’t paperless; not even close. The office lights were wired as a package deal, meaning they all stayed on until the end of the day. Take-out lunches came in crisp white Styrofoam containers, and mine were the only meatless meals […]
Recently on This American Life, I heard the story of Emir, a Bosnian refugee, who fled his war-torn country to the United States as a child. With the help of an exceptional teacher who championed his potential, Emir went from living in poverty to studying at Harvard, eventually becoming a professor. We love success stories […]
Water. Without it we will perish in about 3 days. We who are privileged to have it running from our taps without limit take it for granted. In a globalized world with so many technological advancements there are still 748 million people that live without access to clean water — every single day. We hear these kinds […]
In 2009, Toronto resident Leroy Smickle was caught in his cousin’s apartment posing for a selfie with a loaded gun when police coincidentally raided the home. Stupidity aside, Smickle had no criminal record, and the gun belonged to someone else in the house. Based on mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for possession of a loaded firearm, […]