Improving Your Interaction With A Friend Who Is Suffering

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It’s tricky talking with someone who you know who has just experienced a life-altering tragedy or loss.  They may have suddenly lost a family member or members, had a horrible accident, or found out they have a serious disease.  Coming to an interaction with someone who is suffering calls you to be relational.  You may […]

Live in the Now

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Being grounded means living in the now. You do not let events in your past define who you are as a person. You reject labels for others, so you reject putting labels on yourself.  For some useful tips on how to start living in the now, click here.

Being Clear- Avoiding the Slippery Slope of Lying and Deception

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Lying can be a slippery slope. One deception can lead to another. It’s science. According to a recent New York Times article, “people who tell small, self-serving lies are likely to progress to bigger falsehoods, and over time, the brain appears to adapt to the dishonesty.”  At ORANS, it’s affirming to hear that science is […]

A Relational Moment in the Midst of a Bitter Debate

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“Regardless of the current rhetoric, would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?” – Karl Becker, Participant in the Town Hall Presidential Debate of 2016 The second presidential debate was held just days after troubling audio was leaked of Donald Trump making incredibly lewd comments about women.  It was also […]

On Glenn Beck, Empathy, and Black Lives Matter

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Glenn Beck is a prominent voice among conservative commentators. He has hosted his own talk show, created his own media source, and been on countless news programs voicing his strong conservative beliefs. Those beliefs are sometimes extreme and sometimes reflect a lack of groundedness. However, it seems as though Glenn Beck may be turning a relational […]

The Danger of Making the Presidential Debates a Circus

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Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton took the stage on Monday night for the first presidential debate of this election cycle. According to The New York Times’ reporters Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin, the two “clashed over trade, the Iraq war, [Trump’s] refusal to release his tax returns, and [Clinton’s] use of a private email server.” […]

Baltimore Affordable Housing: Is Secrecy to Avoid Conflict a Wise Option?

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Both the Democratic and Republican parties are struggling with in-party opposition towards their candidates. These conflicts, if they escalate or are left unresolved, could cause either party to lose their unity. Refocusing on relational principles could help to mend some fractures. But that’s not politics as usual, is it? In order to explore the way in which being […]

Kindness and Generosity: A Perfect Pair

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How do you keep a marriage healthy?  Studies say that two of the ways of being relational are key to keeping a partnership happy and healthy.  The way in which couples express kindness and generosity to each other can actually say a lot about whether they stay together.  Not surprisingly, the more ways in which […]