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Category: News and Reflection

Jim Ehrman is the Executive Director of North America for Love146, an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention. Jim studied Business at Penn State, World Christianities at Yale Divinity School, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership Development. Can you tell me what led you […]

To me, the scariest thing about Flint’s water crisis is how long it went on before it was a) reported and b) addressed. The extent of the damage has only been seriously brought to national attention in the last couple of weeks, 1 year and 8 months after local residents first began to complain about […]

From the 1/26/16 Yale Daily News: http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2016/01/26/shareholder-resolution-filed-against-exxon/

Ah, January: the self-help month. I’ve read enough ’12 ways to make your 2016 the best year yet’ and ’54 bad habits you must absolutely stop doing this year’ to know that self-improvement is primarily concerned with only two things: firstly, ‘positive life change’ advice is overwhelmingly concerned with things you can do for yourself, in […]

If there’s one thing that activists resent being told, it’s to wait. “But we’re impatient for justice!” we say. “We can’t wait any longer! This needs to change now!” It almost never changes ‘now’. And so, while we say we can’t wait any longer, we do. In fact, we spend most of our time waiting, […]

As a foreigner in America, I honestly don’t feel equipped to talk about this. I’ve spent a lot of time reading articles and looking at stats in order to try to conjure up something meaningful to say to a situation where the NY Times makes its first front page op-ed since 1920 and a real […]

This week I’ve been thinking about an article by Helen Lewis discussing one-upmanship on social media. To some extent, it covers similar ground to last week’s blog post: ‘Someone is Wrong on the Internet’. She begins with the idea of #whataboutery – “the demand that in order to condemn one bad thing, you must at […]

At risk of adding to the already existing flood of ink spilt in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, Baghdad and Beirut last week, I want to reflect on the nature of our Social Justice Warrior responses online. I have been personally challenged by the fine line between my righteous anger and my self-righteousness, […]

The following reflection was written by Hannah Malcolm DIV ’16. Hannah is the Rev. John Magee Fellow for Dwight Hall at Yale and a candidate for M.A.R. in World Christianities, Yale Divinity School. There is a sweet spot that comes of physical exhaustion, emotional hurt, an endless stream of negativity or flippancy on social media […]

The following reflection was written by Hannah Malcolm DIV ’16.  Hannah is the Rev. John Magee Fellow for Dwight Hall at Yale and a candidate for M.A.R. in World Christianities, Yale Divinity School. Hurting members of our community have told us again and again that they need to be heard. So why are we so […]