Love & Squalor in the Middle East

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As the trauma in Israel/Palestine rages on, I try to keep my focus on growing peace between people, far from politics, wherever I see the light. Meet my friend Tali. Her life story is more stunning than most, but it is what she does with her experience, that makes her a poster child for love.

Tali Goodfriend was five when her father had a dream that he could help bring the Messiah to life. He moved their family from Miami, Florida to the Negev desert in Israel, and started to build a Jewish settlement in the sand. Tali was the first of nine children to come, with her Dad’s two wives, her two Moms. They lived and went to school in a tent, with no running water or electricity, while her father and his followers worked to make the desert green.

sign Aravah: south of Beersheba, borders Jordan to the east.

Growing up, Tali became close to a family of Palestinian-Bedouins who lived in a…

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If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent

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KidsFiltered


Sometimes I wonder if I’ll have gay children.

I’m not sure if other parents think about this, but I do; quite often.

Maybe it’s because I have many gay people in my family and circle of friends. It’s in my genes and in my tribe.
Maybe it’s because, as a pastor of students, I’ve seen and heard the horror stories of gay Christian kids, from both inside and outside of the closet, trying to be part of the Church.
Maybe it’s because, as a Christian, I interact with so many people who find homosexuality to be the most repulsive thing imaginable, and who make that abundantly clear at every conceivable opportunity.

For whatever reason, it’s something that I ponder frequently. As a pastor and a parent, I wanted to make some promises to you, and to my two kids right now…

1) If I have gay children, you’ll all know it.

My children won’t…

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North Texas Doctor Searching For More Efficient PTSD Treatment

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CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – The arrest of a Texas soldier for scaling the White House fence over the weekend has reignited the national conversation on the mental health of the nation’s returning veterans.

“It’s a hidden injury,” explained retired Army Sergeant Jennifer Aleman.

Aleman spent 10 years serving our country and she says she’s spent the past two, working to recover. “I’ve been struggling with PTSD for a couple of years now. Some of the triggers that are well known are loud noises, being in a loud room…”

But, Aleman says there are more subtle triggers—like isolation—which fuels a disease that experts say thrives on avoidance.

“So can you imagine how hard it is to get someone to come in and talk about their trauma?” asks Alina Suris, MD? “Nooooo, I don’t want to do that!”

Dr. Suris is the Chief of Psychiatry of Mental Health at Dallas’…

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10 Reasons Feminism Might Not Be For You

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Beautifully spoken, its a shame some women deny their own rights.

The Belle Jar

This post originally appeared on the blog The Outlier Collective. But since that blog is now defunct, and since people have been asking for this post, I’m republishing it here.

I’m typically a huge proponent of the idea that feminism is for everybody. Feminism is for ladies! It’s for men! It’s for individuals who don’t subscribe to the idea of a gender binary! Feminism is for teenagers and small children! In fact, I’m even pretty sure that at least one of my cats is a feminist, although the other one just prefers to think of herself as a cat-ist, because that’s less political. Regardless, I’m usually of the opinion that feminism, as a philosophy, can and should be embraced by everyone.

Lately, though, I’m not so sure. I’ve been seeing a lot of questionable behaviours and comments, many of them coming from purported feminists. I’m starting to wonder if some…

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