Be the Response

Big thanks to all who attended our anti-trafficking event this week! If you were there, I'd love to hear from you: What did you think of the film? What did you learn from the guest speaker? What questions were left unanswered? Share your thoughts in the comments! The event is over, but of course the …

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My church makes the news

Ok, so it was for TribLocal and we wrote the story ourselves. But it was the featured story for a while! That counts for something, right? Anyway, it looks a little something like this: Did you know there are as many as 27 million slaves in the world right now?   Woodridge United Methodist Church …

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Well said! – Abolitionist edition

8-year-old me: "Dad, why is there a Mother's Day and a Father's Day, but no Kid's day?" My Dad: "Because every day is Kid's day." It's an old joke, and it's just true enough to be a little funny. It can never be more than a little funny though, because, for the estimated 13-15 million …

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#EndDemand in order to #EndSlavery

"I’m not seeing a lot of cases where there’s not coercion,” she added. “The average age where a girl is forced into prostitution is 12 to 14. And most of these 16- or 17 year-olds are being run by pretty vicious pimps." National Human Trafficking Prevention Month is winding down, but the actual work of …

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“Rise up, early” to #endslavery

I'm in the midst of planning a screening of the documentary, Call + Response, at my church. National Human Trafficking Prevention Month will be over by the time we show the film on February 15. But, at risk of being cliché, any time is a good time to fight slavery. While exact figures are exceedingly …

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#NHTAD in the midst of #NHTPM

There are as many as 27-30 million slaves in the world today. Yes, today. Today, January 11, 2012, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. But just one day is truly not enough. And, honestly, "merely" raising awareness is just not enough. Fortunately, this year President Obama declared all of January as National Human Trafficking Prevention …

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Am I an abolitionist?

Hi. I’m Dave. And I have 46 slaves working for me. Can I still call myself an abolitionist? Back in September, Slavery Footprint went live during the Clinton Global Initiative. The demand crashed their servers. I remember hearing about it in September and I’m pretty sure I even started through the process of calculating my …

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Minding the gap

That was one of my key take-aways (gotta love conference attendee parlance, right?) from the Leadership Institute at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City last week: minding the gap. In one of his plenary addresses, Church of the Resurrection Senior Pastor, Adam Hamilton, used that phrase – minding the gap – to …

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IL Forum to Combat Human Trafficking

I was quite encouraged by the crowd present for Monday's Illinois Forum to Combat Human Trafficking. There were several hundred people there of diverse ages and races. The speakers were passionate and informative. Opportunities to take action to combat trafficking were offered, actions that could be taken right then and there. International Justice Mission was …

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Is this salvation via consumerism or salvation for consumerism?

Honestly, I just don't know which it is. I suspect the answer, as always, is: both/and. As I tweeted earlier, I bought a t-shirt for a cause today. You can probably tell I'm feeling a bit ambivalent about it. Don't get me wrong. I love Not for Sale. They are doing amazing, important work. In …

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