Social Justice and the Eucharistic Life

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BY MONICA MIKHAIL

“The hungry are perishing, the naked are freezing to death, the debtors are unable to breathe, and will you put off showing mercy until tomorrow?”

– On Social Justice, Saint Basil the Great

The celebration of the Eucharist—union with Christ by partaking in His Body and Blood—was central to the identity of the early Christian community. The Mystery of the Eucharist, which means ‘thanksgiving’ in Greek, extended beyond its immediate celebration and permeated all facets of the early Christian life. The early Christian community attained a deeper understanding of the reality of the world by their continuous participation in the sacramental life of the Church. Through the liturgy of the Eucharist, they were able to see beyond the ephemeral nature of the present world and experience a taste of the everlasting Kingdom. Because the early Christian community centered itself around this mystery, they could not neglect the social injustices within their society. They strived to have their community and society mirror the complete flourishing in the age to come by addressing social needs despite this world’s temporality. They attempted to create an image of the Kingdom here on earth. A new and radical mode of living resulted from this awareness of their unity with Christ and each other through their communal participation in this mystery. Continue reading “Social Justice and the Eucharistic Life”

Refugees & Ambassadors

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BY ELIZABETH KHOURI

I’ve spent the past few semesters working with refugees. I used to be surprised at how much I identified with their stories, until one day I realized that, in a way, I, too, am a refugee. A refugee is someone who has been forced to leave his or her home country and cannot ever return due to a threat of persecution. God created me (and you) to live with Him in Eden, characterized by what Cornelius Plantinga calls “universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight.”i In Eden, people would encourage and truly treasure one another. Students would freely rejoice in the academic success of another, even in curved classes. Government officials would always tell the truth and cooperate with one another. Trains would always be clean and on time. No one would ever go to bed with an empty stomach. Each human would vibrantly, exuberantly reflect the glory of God through his or her own inimitable experiences and essence. All humans would look to God, walk with God, lean on God, and delight in God. Eden is our home country; it is what we were created for.

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Abortion and Social Justice

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BY ALLEN HUANG

When I arrived at college, it took me a while to join my school’s pro-life group. I could theoretically wrap my head around the idea that terminating fetuses amounted to taking innocent human life. The thing was, being at a very socially conscious college opened my eyes to the myriad types of other suffering and affronts to human dignity in the world.

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“Speak Up” Cafe Night Photo Recap

Last Saturday we celebrated the publication of this semester’s journal with our bi-annual Cafe Night! It was a wonderful time for us to gather, hear from authors about their articles, enjoy musical performances, and even a dance performance by ABBA Modern, all in the hopes of engaging with the issue of social justice.

Take a look!

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Injustice Against the Sabbath

BY LUE-YEE TSANG

We suffer. Sabbath is broken; the rat race goes on, with no day set apart to be holy for the regeneration, the redemption, of all other days. It’s from the liturgy of the people, from the partaking of grace in the form of word and sacrament, that salvation expands and fills everything else, not by all things being likewise baptized but by their becoming what they’re truly meant to be through God’s gracious gifts of life; but instead of breaking liberal secularity we’ve broken sacredness. Yes, the lines can’t be hermetic compartments any longer, but instead to cut off the source in the quest to equalize everything? Folly and nothing but. We suffer for it. Continue reading “Injustice Against the Sabbath”

Response to Injustices in Dubai

BY LUE-YEE TSANG

Dubai, the parvenu (or 暴發戶, as my family says in Chinese) of the Persian Gulf, has finally been exposed as a financial black hole, dealing a serious blow to the reputation of the Arab Gulf. One could go on and on, I suppose, about how Dubai unmasks the financial fakeness of the West, because its desalinized oases of luxury certainly took the cake. But even before news broke Continue reading “Response to Injustices in Dubai”

Holding Nonprofit CEOs Accountable for Greedy Salaries

BY JOHN MONTAGUE

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently released its most recent survey of executive compensation at nonprofits. Last year, while unemployment was rising, giving was down, and many nonprofits were forced to conduct layoffs, salaries of nonprofit CEOs rose by 7 percent. Although nonprofit boards set compensation levels prospectively, it is nonetheless troubling that many of these executives chose to sacrifice staff and program goals while not voluntarily taking pay cuts themselves. Continue reading “Holding Nonprofit CEOs Accountable for Greedy Salaries”