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Eliza Wilkins, a senior at Christopher Dock High School in Lansdale, Pa. spent four days in our office as part of a “job shadow” opportunity. Following are some excerpts from her reflections on the experience: Kind of like the blue, silver, and orange Metro routes, three themes ran through my time at Mennonite Central Committee’s…

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Five years after the disastrous Haitian earthquake, problems still abound. Many tout a large decrease in tent camps, but today more than 85,000 people inhabit remaining camps. This estimate does not account for the informal settlement of Canaan, where up to 200,000 live on the outskirts of town without water, electricity or other basic infrastructure.…

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Remembering the earthquake in Haiti January 12 marked five years since the infamous earthquake shook Port-au-Prince and rattled Haiti to its core. We pause to remember the victims of the earthquake and families who continue to rebuild, brick by brick. While much of the rubble has been cleared away, there are still many ongoing crises…

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Peace on the Hill – ‘Please protect me’ January 2, 2015 “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” According to the Gospel of Matthew (2:13), these are the words Joseph heard from…

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Executive action for immigrants On November 20, President Obama took executive action to allow some undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. The largest category of beneficiaries will be parents of U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have been in the U.S. for five years or longer (and who meet other requirements). The action also…

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November 10, 2014 Agents of reconciliation: U.S. criminal justice policy The U.S. is at a threshold. After decades of “tough on crime” policies, the nation is rethinking how crime and justice should be approached. Followers of Christ are called to be agents of reconciliation, part of God’s work to bring all people and creation to…

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(MCC Photo/Carolyne Epp-Fransen)Sonia Aro, left, and her husband Husni Stephan are Syrian refugees from Hassake living in an old convent in Amman, Jordan. They are shown with an MCC blanket they received from MCC partner Caritas Jordan.

In her latest article for Third Way Cafe, Washington Office director Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach urges us to remember the “Forgotten Faces of the War” in Syria & Iraq: The top United Nations official for refugees has called the Syria crisis “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.” And yet, the U.N.’s response plan for Syria…

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