Articles & Resources

Our articles and resources are prepared by staff, other members of the Columban community, and organizations the Columbans work with. We welcome their use for your prayerful reflection and your advocacy efforts. 

 

  • On the Edge

    I am a member of the United Methodist Student Association at American University. Recently, we celebrated All Saints Day. In the United Methodist Church we recognize everyone as a saint and commemorate all those who have gone before us by offering up a litany of prayers and lighting candles as a bell tolls. Typically, the pastor will pray for those of the community who have recently passed away or for relatives and friends of community members who have recently passed away or for relatives and friends...

  • Inspired to Advocacy

    I first became aware of the challenges facing migrants, especially unaccompanied minors, in my high school Spanish classes when I watched Rebecca Cammisa’s documentary Which Way Home. Which Way Home follows eight Central American children, mostly from the Northern Triangle, as they try to travel north through Mexico to reach the United States. The children travel on la Bestia, the freight trains than run throughout Mexico, before attempting to find smugglers to bring them into...

  • Climate Change Silences

    With the completion of the presidential debates and Election Day just around the corner, the issue of climate change is weighing heavily on my mind. Whoever wins the election will have the power to transform the climate change debate. Last November, the international community reached a landmark agreement, the Paris agreement, which aims to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, promote adaptation to climate change, and hold warming to under 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels...

  • Love and Justice

    I recently viewed a presentation about nonviolence, where the speakers mentioned briefly the distinction between “charity” and “justice.” They were referring to a shift in advocacy from fixing immediate ills towards making long-term change. It was an idea that stuck with me. I am what my friends affectionately call a “word nerd,” so naturally the first thing I did was look up the origins of each word. Charity, giving voluntary assistance to those in need, comes from the Latin word caritas meaning esteem...

  • Impacts of Climate Change on the Most Vulnerable

    On the second day of my environmental justice advocacy internship here at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, I had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion about the effects of climate change on Latino Communities in America. Coming into my internship I was uneasy with the topic of environmental justice. Yes, I understood climate change and its current and potential disastrous impacts, but I had no personal experience with climate disaster. I could not...

  • Learning to Welcome the Stranger

    On September 28th, the House Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest held a hearing on the United States’ refugee resettlement plan for the upcoming fiscal year. As I watched the hearing, I was struck by how much the discussion reflected the complete polarization of views that has become evident across the country over the last few years. There seems to be two primary questions dominating our national discussion about refugee resettlement: Is it more important...

  • The Church and Mining: What is Happening to our Common Home?

    We live in a world radiant with beauty and one that is also crying out for redemption. The entire Creation is filled with the beauty and colors of the Seasons of Creation, at the same time it is groaning under the impact of climate change: extreme weather events, devastating floods and severe droughts, rising sea levels and melting glaciers, disappearing habitats, and disappearing species of life. But this drama is not confined to the climate alone. In recent decades transnational mining companies...

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