No, Praying Isn't "Doing Nothing"

In the wake of another tragic shooting – this time in San Bernardino, California – the internet is abuzz with talk we’ve all grown numbly accustomed to: gun control, terrorism, information about the shooters and the victims, etc. Not surprisingly, many are expressing their concerns and offering up their prayers. But there is something new … Read more

#PrayForParis

Hashtag Heroics and the Short Life of Online Empathy

If our society progresses rapidly from one trend to another, online trends have an even shorter shelf-life. In The Washington Post, Caitlin Dewey makes the point in perhaps its most convicting form: online empathy just doesn’t last. Pointing at the Paris attacks, she considers the metrics for how briefly social media platforms actually focused on … Read more

Charleston Shooting

Charleston and the Power of Forgiveness

During Charleston shooter Dylan Roof’s bond hearing, none had reason for outrage as much as the families torn apart from Roof’s murderous actions at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Yet, instead of expressing outrage when they addressed him, they did the unthinkable. They forgave him. They extended grace and mercy. The New York Times put … Read more

Hurricane Damage

National Tragedies & Personal Biases

In this interesting Guardian article, David Dennis illuminates and considers the lop-sided amount of attention that some “national” tragedies receive at the expense of other, equally tragic news stories. ‘Why?’, he asks. Why do we discuss Sandy Hook, but not New Orleans? Hurricane Sandy, but not Hurricane Katrina? The list goes on. It’s a good … Read more