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Bloombytes: Seeing Mandela in New York

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Perhaps no group was more excited when Nelson Mandela visited New York in 1990 than the religious folk and civil rights leaders who greeted him at Riverside Church on June 21 to celebrate his release from prison four months earlier. It is a joy that lingers years later as the entire world helps Mandela celebrate …

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Bloombytes: Women must tell their stories

Being part of a connection is what United Methodists are all about, reflects Linda Bloom, as she notes all the ways in which women have connected in the last two weeks.

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Sandy’s toll: Worse than you think

If you live in the New York-New Jersey region, it’s easy to see that more than two months later, the recovery from Hurricane Sandy has barely begun.

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Goma once more needs reason to hope

In September, I watched online as a United Methodist bishop from the Democratic Republic of Congo pleaded with a sympathetic U.S. congressional subcommittee to help end the rapes and killings in eastern Congo.

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The splintering effects of a hurricane

New Yorker Linda Bloom takes comfort knowing United Methodists will respond to communities hurt by Superstorm Sandy.

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Hurricane season: Loss and recovery

On a bright August day in New York’s Catskill Mountains, I watched my son and his friends strap on life jackets, grab their inner tubes and board the bus that would take them to the drop-off point at Esopus Creek. As usual, they had a blast riding the water. Seven months earlier, I hadn’t been …

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Communicating in real time

Some people use social media to let it hang out, warts and all. In the case of the Rev. Scott Carnes, it’s brain surgery and all. That meant tweets sent from his hospital bed; iPhone photos of an MRI scan and the back of his scarred, shaved head posted on Facebook; a short video of …

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The role of another “Lin” for diversity

In the midst of the media hype surrounding Jeremy Lin, the new NBA star, the New York Times recently turned a spotlight on another young man named Lin. This man, Lin Dakang, spends his days delivering Chinese takeout by bicycle on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. A cover story in the March 4 Sunday Metropolitan …

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The Jeremy Lin indicator

“Lin-sanity” took hold of my Bronx living room last Friday night. Like many New Yorkers, we were cheering on the unexpected rising star of the Knicks. Jeremy Lin, a Harvard grad who had been nearly invisible before as an NBA player, was defending, dribbling and shooting his way to a career-high 38 points in that …

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Offering support (and chocolate) for Valentine’s Day

In 2003, I met a soft-spoken farmer from the Dominican Republic who convinced me that the phrase “fair trade” is not just an empty marketing slogan designed to move product. Abel Fernandez,production and export manager for the National Confederation of Dominican CocoaProducers, came to the New York and explained how buying fair trade cocoa …

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