Almana Ger Yatom

Widows, Strangers, Orphans: Journeying with the Poor


  • Facts for Life (article) Facts for Life aims to provide parents and other caregivers with
    Facts of Lifethe information they need to save and improve children’s lives. The challenge is to ensure that everyone knows and understands these facts and is motivated to put them into practice. The messages contained in Facts for Life are based on the latest scientific findings, as established by medical experts around the world. These facts are presented in non-technical language so they can be understood and acted upon easily by people who do not have a scientific background. Doing so can save lives.
  • APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION EVANGELII GAUDIUM OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION EVANGELII GAUDIUM OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCISTO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY, CONSECRATED PERSONS AND THE LAY FAITHFUL ON THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL IN TODAY’S WORLD (Article):The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.
  • The Women’s Crusade (Article): In the 19th century, the paramount moral challenge wasThe Women’s Crusade slavery. In the 20th century, it was totalitarianism. In this century, it is the brutality inflicted on so many women and girls around the globe: sex trafficking, acid attacks, bride burnings and mass rape.Yet if the injustices that women in poor countries suffer are of paramount importance, in an economic and geopolitical sense the opportunity they represent is even greater. “Women hold up half the sky,” in the words of a Chinese saying, yet that’s mostly an
  • Mexico’s Other Border (Article): For many immigrants heading north, the first dangerous crossing is Mexico’s Other Bordernot the one into the U.S. It’s southern Mexico where the peril begins.Jessenia and Armando López crossed the Suchiate River from Guatemala into Mexico on a hired raft of wood planks lashed to giant inner tubes.The raftsman pegged them immediately as undocumented migrants and charged them ten times the usual fare, even though Jessenia thought she had disguised herself as a local lady . . .
  • Necessary Angels (Article): They are not doctors. They are not nurses. They areNecessary Angels illiterate women from India’s Untouchable castes. Yet as trained village health workers, they are delivering babies, curing disease, and saving lives—including their own.When Sarubai Salve walks through her village, she gathers a crowd. Salve is 56, a slim, reserved, somewhat stern woman with wire-rimmed aviator glasses and long black hair streaked with gray. On most days she sets off twice, at nine in the morning and six at night, throughShe is often accompanied by Babai . . .
  • Eduardo Paes: The 4 Commandments of Cities (How to run a city) (video): Eduardo Paes is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, a sprawling, complicated, beautiful city of 6.5 million. He shares four big ideas about leading Rio — and all cities — into the future, including bold (and do-able) infrastructure upgrades and how to make a city “smarter.”
  • God’s Global Urban Mission – Solutions : Raineer Chu – Lausanne Conference, Cape Town, South Africa (Video):Ninety percent of the Church is urban poor, but the Church is ill-equipped to truly hear their needs. The problem is not poverty but greed. The solution is not legislation but requires spiritual input.From the Lausanne Movement’s Cape Town 2010 Congressclick here for transcript 
  • N.T. Wright Wants to Save the Best Worship Songs (Article): N. T. Wright wants to see today’s media-saturated church shaped anew by a form of worship and prayer that has shaped the people of God for centuries. In The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential(HarperOne) the churchman and biblical scholar calls our casual neglect of the Psalter a crisis in contemporary Christianity. Andrew Byers, a chaplain at St. Mary’s College at Durham University, spoke with Wright about aligning our values, theology, and perception of reality with the songs, poems, and prayers that saturated the hearts and minds of both Jesus and Paul.
  • The Spirit of Things: Charles Ringma’s Ancient Wisdom (Audio): “I’m very concerned about ‘tribalism’ and I’m very concerned about thinking in ‘little boxes’, and I believe what needs to happen is that we constantly need to be pulled out of Charles Ringma's Ancient Wisdomour comfort zones into a wider and richer tradition. That’s why I believe we need to be open to other religious traditions as well.” Charles Ringma hopes to help that process with his book, Hear the Ancient Wisdom (2013) which draws on traditions of thinking outside of the contemporary Protestant churches that he believes have forgotten the historic traditions of the past. As a mission worker with addicts, a sociologist, a professor of mission and evangelism (Regent College, Canada), a founder of Teen Challenge and of Jubilee Fellowship in Brisbane, Charles has been on a never ending journey of faith in his own life. He is now part of the Northumbria Community, Scotland.
  • The Innovation of Loneliness (video): – What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely? Inspired and Based on the wonderful book by Sherry Turkle – Alone Together. 
  • Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg (video): Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials. This piece includes his short film on Gratitude and Happiness.Brother David Steindl-Rast’s spoken words, Gary Malkin’s musical compositions and Louie’s cinematography make this a stunningly beautiful piece, reminding us of the precious gift of life, and the beauty all around us. 
  • Restoring the Justice System (video): America now boasts the highest rate of incarceration in the world, but even more alarming are the system’s endemic injustices. Minority communities are far more afflicted by the justice system, a reality that affects the psyches of the children who grow up in them. Additionally, our system treats you much better if you’re rich and guilty than if you are poor and innocent. Bryan Stevenson believes these realities are fundamentally changing our world, and he’s devoted his life’s work to finding solutions. (reference:
  • The Church Is Your Family: Reflections for Singles & Those Struggling With Homosexuality (video): Dr. Matt Jenson reflects on the significance of the familial nature of the church, illustrating its power to combat poignant feelings of loneliness. Dr. Jenson specifically emphasizes the importance of this church family in the lives of singles and those struggling with homosexuality.
  • Aaron Huey America’s Native Prisoners of War Sioux (video): Aaron Huey’s effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people — appalling, and largely ignored — compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk.
  • The Jewish imperative for child adoption (article): – A must read on the Jewish idea of orphans.


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