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Religion as a Political Litmus Test? Flibbertigibbet!

By Evan Williams In nearly every cheesy political drama, there is a charismatic individual who, after much contemplation and, sometimes, a traumatic event, decides to run for office. When they do so, it seems like a team of public relations specialists appear from thin air, prodding said private-citizen-turned-public-figure with questions. The first is obvious: do you have any scandals, any

What Bearing Witness Means to Me

by Kathleen Stinehart In July of this past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to visit Israel with 19 other Catholic educators with the Anti-Defamation League’s Bearing Witness Program. Since that time, I have been attempting to write about my experience, and have felt keenly unequal to the task. Not only was the trip enormous in terms of shifting my

How Should We Talk With Young People About Charlottesville?

Adults and children alike are grappling to make sense of current events. Discussions of racism, anti-Semitism and social injustice have become increasingly contentious as images of white supremacists carrying torches and chanting hateful rhetoric in Charlottesville fill our social media feeds and television screens. Children are attuned to these conversations and disturbing images of violence, hate and incivility, and are

A note from our allies in the Catholic community

Intro note:  The ADL, with colleagues from the Jewish Community Relations Council and the American Jewish Committee, regularly meet and dialogue with the staff of the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the St. Louis Archdiocese.  The message below, for which we are truly grateful, was received March 31, 2017. Dear Friends, It was 525 years ago today that