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Baltimore Police: An Opportunity to Commit to Nonviolence- Let’s Do It!

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Baltimore City recently reached an agreement with the Department of Justice to reform the Baltimore City Police Department.  The decree comes after a yearlong civil rights investigation revealed “widespread racial bias, use of excessive force, repeated patterns of unconstitutional arrests and hostility towards women and LGBT civilians, as well as other civil rights violations.” Under […]

Spread the Love!

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Being clear might be boiled down to the old adage, “Honesty is the best policy,” but is it really that simple? It’s all about transparency. When you’re clear about who you are, you’ll find that your interactions with others will improve! Read more about one woman’s experience with being clear here!

The Thanksgiving Elephant in the Room!

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This Thanksgiving there will probably be a Turkey in the room- but there might also be an Elephant too. Thanksgiving is traditionally a day spent connecting with families and loved ones. But this past week has been a stressful one for our interactions. People on both side of the political spectrum are processing the results of a […]

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.” […]

The Risky Business of Whistleblowing

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“I can pull a patient file and say ‘Hey Dr. John Doe, the next time this patient comes in the door, you need to put this patient on this drug.   If you don’t, there’s no more Laker games, there’s no more bottles of liquor, there’s no more golf, there’s no more Dogders games […].  Essentially […]

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 […]

Kelvin Moon Loh Stands Up and Stands Out From The Crowd

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The show must go on, but that doesn’t always mean it should. This is a fact that Kelvin Moon Loh, an understudy in a Broadway production of “The King and I,” struggled with recently when an audience member’s autistic son disrupted his performance. Making noise during a Broadway performance is a seen as serious faux-pas […]