Response Magazine: Features
Women Face Challenges of South Sudan by Paul Jeffrey
12/01/2013 response senior correspondent Paul Jeffrey gave readers an intimate look at several aspects of life in Sudan, including the Darfur region and the new nation of South Sudan when the area was the focus of United Methodist Women’s geographic mission study in 2009 and 2010. Since then, he has continued to visit the region to report on its progress and its humanitarian crises. This month Mr. Jeffrey introduces us to three women whose very different lives reflect some of the region’s current challenges
Forever Called by Richard Lord
12/01/2013 Passion is the overriding energy that flows from the Brooks-Howell Home, a United Methodist Women-owned facility in Asheville, N.C., for retired United Methodist missionaries and deaconesses. The more than 100 residents are relieved of the responsibilities and schedules of employment but never from their Christian vocation of service.
Climate Change and the Church by David Orr
11/19/2013 We have it on high authority that we were given a choice between life and death; and that we were asked to choose life. Without being overly dramatic or pessimistic, no one looking at the environmental trends could say we have chosen life. So, I want to talk about climate change, the issue of our time, and our obligation as a church. I don’t want to get into all the science, but as church members and as followers of Christ, as people who profess to care for the creation, we have to understand how the creation works and how human actions affect the creation. We’ve got to understand enough earth system science to counter those who seek to confuse the issue.
Cookson Hills: Where God Changes People by Paul Jeffrey
10/29/2013 When Laurie Rowell started abusing drugs, she knew it was time to quit her job as a nurse. She didn’t want to go to work while high and put her patients’ lives at risk, but quitting work just gave her more time to use drugs. Her life went downhill fast, and soon she was arrested on drug charges.
Hope, One Head of Lettuce at a Time by Pamela Sparr
10/29/2013 This is a story about hope. Not the feel-good theoretical, wishful thinking kind of hope but the tangible kind that comes when you have a solid paycheck for the first time, when the jail time you’ve done doesn’t block you from improving your life, when you can begin to see a positive future for yourself. It’s a real kind of hope for neighborhoods that have known decades of despair, crime, racism and entrenched poverty. It’s the kind of hope for our cities and our country that offers a recipe for how we can grow a more economically and environmentally sustainable and just society together.
The Wesley Center by Katie Dwyer
09/30/2013 At the Wesley Center in Eugene, Ore., young people put their faith in action for justice work on issues as diverse as assault prevention, gay rights, disability activism and ethnic identity organizing.
Second Time Around by Richard Lord
08/14/2013 Less than 1 percent of the clothing Americans donate to charities actually ever gets to a person in need. That barely worn winter coat and the jeans with the stain given to charity are more likely to be sold to a recycling firm than given to a low-income family — and that’s if they don’t end up on a market in a developing nation.
A Room Without a View, Ever by Janis Rosheuvel
07/01/2013 Film director Angad Singh Bhalla talks about his new film "Herman's House" and keeping more than 80,000 humans in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.
Offering Hope by Myka Kennedy Stephens
06/01/2013 Deaconess Rachel Patman works to prevent domestic violence before it begins in rural Virginia.
Roma Redux by Paul Jeffrey
05/09/2013 Senior correspondent and photojournalist for Response shares photos and stories from his journeys visiting Roma communities in Serbia, Macedonia, and Bulgaria.
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