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|In Every Human Heart
In Boston, where I live, April marks not only the beginning of spring but also the all-important Boston Marathon. Two years ago the iconic event was shattered by an explosion which killed three ...
|Leadership for Mission: Keeping the Focus
Yesterday President Obama, Vice President Biden, a bevy of Senators and Kennedys, and other assorted political leaders dedicated the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States ...
|Vetoing the Keystone XL Pipeline: Moral Leadership for the Environment
Like Jim Wallis, I believe that budgets are moral documents. They reflect our deepest values. Like budget decisions, climate decisions are moral decisions. Decisions that impact the environment ...
|Broken New Year’s Resolutions?
Have you broken your New Year's resolutions yet? If so, you're not alone. A study at the University of Scranton reported that 36% of participants had broken their New ...
|Soulful Leadership in Conflict
Yesterday the Vatican released the final report on its unprecedented investigation of Roman Catholic Sisters in the United States. Six years ago, when ...
|Soulful Leadership for Peace
In the wake of the latest escalation of the U.S. military operations in the Middle East, it’s time to remember the origin of Veterans Day. In 1926, the U.S. Congress officially recognized the ...
|The Power of Local Business
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies promotes local business. Founded by Judy Wicks , long-time entrepreneur and owner of the White Dog Café in ...
|Labor Day: What Does it Mean to Honor Workers?
Today, the U.S. and Canada celebrate Labor Day, honoring work and workers. In a time of corporate mergers, layoffs, and budget cuts, what does it mean to honor workers? In the U.S., the ...
| Soulful Leadership in Finance
The past decade has witnessed scandals, corruption, and greed in the financial sector. The U.S. and Ireland, in particular, have produced many examples of how financial misbehavior damages people ...
Freedom is on my mind. As the U.S. prepares to celebrate Independence Day in a few days, I’ve been contemplating my freedoms. I enjoy the freedom to vote for the candidate of my choice. I enjoy ...
|Soulful Leadership in Ukraine
While the U.S. government bills the tension between Russia and Ukraine as “big bully annexing small sovereign state,” this view belies the complexity of the situation. Admittedly, Putin has ...
|Pope Francis: Giving the Work Back to the People at a Rate They Can Stand
Yesterday, over 800,000 spectators crowded the St. Peter’s Square area while 500,000 more watched on giant screens around Rome as Pope Francis canonized Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. ...
|Soulful Leadership in Education
In 1744, the leaders of the Maryland and Virginia colonies signed a treaty with the Native Americans of the area. These colonial leaders then invited the Native Americans to send their boys to the ...
| Marketing from Within: Special Offer
It's common to associate "marketing" with intrusive advertisements or manipulative engagements. This unpleasant association makes "marketing with soul" sound like an oxymoron. In past newsletters,
|Pope Francis: Moral Leadership for the Economy
Pope Francis, in his message for the World Day of Peace on January 1, stresses the concept of fraternity as the basis for a moral economy, ...
|Nelson Mandela and the Power of Elders
photo from lasanta.com.ec The world lost a hero yesterday. Nelson Mandela, 95, died at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa, after a long illness.
|A Veterans’ Day for Peace
Veterans for Peace - Veteran's Day Parade photo credit: Cloud2013, flickr The hostilities of WWI ceased at 11 AM on the 11th day of the 11th month, Armistice Day, 1918. Dubbed “The war to end ...
|Following in the Footsteps of Francis
Photo Credit: Margaret Benefiel Ancient stones, steep stairs, and sparkling fresh air greeted me upon arrival in Assisi, Italy, a month ago. Lush olive groves, leaves iridescent in the sun, offset ...
|Soulful Leadership for Peace in Syria
Photo Credit: flickr, DFID – UK Dept. for International Development Time and again I hear friends say, “The situation in Syria is terrible. We have to do something. What if we had just stood by ...
|Nelson Mandela, Trayvon Martin, and Ubuntu
Photo from "South Africa The Good News" (www.sagoodnews.co.za) What better way to honor Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday today than to reflect on his concept of Ubuntu?
|A Moral Trade Policy? Obama’s Africa Trip
As President Obama commences his first major Africa trip, focusing primarily on U.S. business investment and trade, the eyes of the world are upon him. Where will his priorities lie?
|A Mother’s Day for Peace in our Cities
Julia Ward Howe, best known for writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in 1862, began working to heal the wounds of the Civil War once the war ended. By 1870 Howe had become convinced that ...
|Love Leadership: Responding to Violence
When I got off the plane at O’Hare Airport in Chicago on my way home to Boston on April 15, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Televisions blaring everywhere showed my beloved city at her premier ...
|Papal leadership without easy answers
presidencia.gov.ar, via Wikimedia Commons As Pope Francis enters Holy Week, the most important week of the Christian year, just days after his installation as Pope, the world watches his every move.
|Soulful Leadership for Peace
As Kenya’s election day rapidly approaches, the world waits with bated breath. The country’s first election since the post-election violence of 2008 and the adoption of a new constitution in ...
|Making Social Media Soulful II: Starkness and Beauty
photo by rubyblossom on flickr In the beginning of this new year in Boston, as the trees stand bare and the ground freezes solid, I’m reminded by nature of the beauty of simplicity. What is the ...
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