Finding the good life in retirement
Retirement may seem like a long vacation, but making the most of those post-career years still takes plenty of hard work.
The death penalty in the United States: A timeline
In 2007 New Jersey became the first state to abolish the death penalty since it was reinstated in 1976, joining 12 other states that never reintroduced the practice when given the option. While many other states weigh their options and as advocates continue to work toward full repeal, here’s a look back on the country’s history of capital punishment:
Sister Helen Prejean on the movement to end the death penalty
In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean began a correspondence with two death row inmates in her home state of Louisiana. She eventually became the spiritual adviser to Patrick Sonnier and accompanied him to his execution in 1984. Prejean chronicled her experiences in Dead Man Walking, the best-selling book which has been adapted to a film (for which Susan Sarandon won an Oscar for her portrayal of Prejean), play, and opera.
The beginning of the end of the death penalty
The death penalty is still legal in most states, but little by little, the laws that allow executions are being chipped away.
Leroy Wright was forced to endure a mock execution mere hours before doctors were set to inject him with a lethal cocktail meant to end his life in January 2011. He lay on the gurney with IVs in his arms when the United States Supreme Court issued a temporary stay of execution.
Good Friday: Jesus' execution and the death penalty in the United States
Each year on Good Friday we listen to the account of the events surrounding Jesus’ death: the trial, the boisterous crowd, the journey to Golgotha. The description is clear; Jesus received the death penalty and was executed. Though the cross is a rich symbol of all that God has accomplished in Jesus, don’t forget it is (or was) also an instrument of torture and execution. Jesus has once and for all taken away sin by his sacrifice (Heb. 9:26).
Danger zone: Do our workplaces value human dignity?
Employers are falling down on the job when it comes to ensuring worker safety.
The sick call: The healing power of presence
The young woman shared her difficult history, her crippling grief. Then she asked, “So what’s a chaplain again?”
Work ethics: How do today's jobs reflect our values?
We lay off teachers and nurses while we hire for prisons, casinos, and fracking. This is progress?
At least once a week in my daily newspaper I see a full page ad from “the people of America’s oil and gas industry” touting the benefits of fracking, the process through which natural gas is extracted from shale formations using a combination of water and other unnamed chemicals. Always mentioned in these ads are the “millions of jobs” it will create—and that promise alone is sufficient to trump any concerns about the effects of fracking on the surrounding environment.
What the earth needs now is an ethic of life
Care for all human life begins with protecting our planet.
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