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Kumbayah Post

In 2010, a story in The New York Times noted that the song, “Kumbaya,” had lately been “transformed into snarky shorthand for ridiculing a certain kind of idealism, a quest for common ground.” Full Story »


Pursuit of the “common good” is one of my favorite expressions about the purposes of civic engagement. It’s a term that has a history dating back to Thomas Aquinas and has been resurrected more and more of late. Full Story »

Chimamanda Adichie

“. . . [S]how a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over gain, and that is what they become.”

Chimamanda Adichie is a novelist from Nigeria, and her’s is the profound voice of a “TED Talk” titled “The Danger of a Single Story.” Adichie, in the video,  tells the story of how she found her cultural voice, and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. Full Story »