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Before Escalating War, Repeal AUMF

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According to CNN, “the Trump Administration’s deployment of additional US troops to Iraq and Syria – and the prospect of increased operations in Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East- will ramp up pressure on Congress to formally authorize the war against ISIS, according to lawmakers pushing for action on Capitol Hill.”  But before escalating the […]

A Relational Christmas – the Gift of Quality Interaction

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If you’re celebrating this holiday season, chances are you’ve been busy these past few weeks trying to figure out what presents to buy for your loved ones this year.  It wouldn’t be the holidays if you weren’t stressing out about gifts. ‘Tis the season to be frantically online shopping in order to get your nephew […]

Honoring our Veterans and How You Can Help

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America’s veterans are true examples of relational leaders. They embody what it means to be generous and humble by putting themselves on the line to protect our freedom and prosperity. At ORANS, we are big believers in “what goes around comes around” and creating positive karma. So, let’s bring it back around for our veterans!  Huffington […]

Break Out of Gender Stereotypes

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Being grounded means refusing labels and stereotypes. When you think in terms of labels, it can create suffering for yourself and others. It can divide, stifle and diminish. You are much more unique and dimensional than any one label. The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault created a useful and moving video to demonstrate just how stifling stereotypes […]

7 Ways, 7 Days

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Everyone knows that there are seven days of the week, but not everyone knows that there are 7 ways to be relational!  7 days and 7 ways means that every day provides us with the opportunity to practice a new way of being relational.  ORANS wants to help you learn how to be relational- why […]

Being Engaged In Real Life: More than Just “Showing Up”

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As we begin to increasingly share our experiences on Facebook and filter our lives through Instagram, there is no doubt that Interaction is changing.  Of course, everyone knows that the heart emoji does not substitute for saying the phrase “I love you.”  But what significance does texting the phrase “I love you” have?”  As our interactions become […]

Making a Pledge and Taking a Risk: Looking Harder at Mark Zuckerberg’s Philanthropy

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Mark Zuckerburg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are setting the bar high for young innovators and capitalists everywhere. The recent birth of their daughter, Max, have made the two look differently at the world around them; the main realization from this new perspective being that they need to invest in initiatives supporting “‘personalized learning, curing […]

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and… Emotions?

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The mental health struggles of the most recent wave of adolescents have gotten an unfortunate amount of media coverage, as the media draws our attention to the way that untreated anxiety and depression lays the groundwork for a large amount of pain and violence on high school and college campuses. When we reflect on these […]