If Syria Was the USA: What is Happening in Syria & How to Make it Personal

Our Collective Son, Aylan   A horrific image of a drowned boy came up on my news feed a few weeks ago when the shock value of these images thrust them into the global spotlight. The boy was three–on first glance, he could be my youngest son–and his name was Aylan.   He wasn’t shot, famine-starved, or limbless (we’ve seen…

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Action Idea: Pass This Stand-Alone Sex Trafficking Law

Today, with the Kids are Not For Sale Coalition, supporters all over Virginia are hoping to spread the word loud and clear: LET’S FINALLY PASS THIS! THERE ISN’T A STAND-ALONE SEX TRAFFICKING LAW IN VIRGINIA BUT WE NEED ONE!   Okay, be honest. Did you know that?   A few years back before our organization became NOVA…

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Five Peaceful Actions on the International Day of Peace

When I was a kid, my family used to host exchange students from Japan. I thought it was funny that our students would hold two fingers up in a peace sign for pictures, an equivalent “say cheese for the camera.”  Later, though, I read this is considered the peace sign because it meant “V” for…

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God, Politics and Poverty Series: Changing Findings

Not too long ago, at the base of the 2012 election, we started a series- God, Politics, and Poverty. The goal was to help those who consider themselves Christians to be able to really think through what the Bible says about politics, inviting other people to share their opinions on The Average Advocate. Please check…

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Action: Cover the Night to End Slavery (KONY 2012 Pt. 2)

What is KONY 2012 again? Did you see the viral video by INVISIBLE CHILDREN a month or so ago? Many of us did. Over a hundred million of us did. A lot of people who watched this video had never heard of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) before, let alone the horrifying brand of slavery…

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