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Health Equity, Public Health and Social Justice

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If you’re like most Americans, you watched the debate over the American Health Care Act of 2017 with a lot of anticipation, whichever side you were on. It’s no secret that the healthcare system of the United States isn’t ideal, … Continue reading

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When the Death Penalty Debate Hits Close to Home

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In April last year, Reverend Rene Robert, a Franciscan priest in St. Augustine, was found shot to death in Augusta, Georgia. Steven Murray, a repeat offender who was being helped by Robert, was charged with killing him. Under Georgia’s laws, … Continue reading

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Eco-Friendly Funerals and Religious Beliefs

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Although you won’t find the phrase “ashes to ashes” in the Bible itself, you will find many scriptures talking about how our bodies begin and end as dust. Where did that phrase come from? It’s actually from the “Book of … Continue reading

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How to Give a Eulogy

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Very often, a ULC minister will have to give a eulogy at a funeral, but you don’t have to be a minister to give the eulogy. The family might ask you to say a few words about the deceased, especially … Continue reading

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Think About Your Ethical Will

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In biblical times, it was common for a father to bless his sons not only with his material worth, but also with a heartfelt expression of what truly mattered to him. His dreams of the future, his forgiveness and his … Continue reading

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Confusing New Cremation Guidelines From Catholic Church

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Recently, the Vatican issued guidelines about cremation and scattering ashes. If you only saw the following headlines, you might be confused: • Vatican Issues New Cremation Guidelines for ‘Faithfully Departed’ • Final resting place: Vatican releases instruction on burial, cremation … Continue reading

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The Right to Die

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A hotly debated topic in the United States currently is whether or not a person has the right to die (sometimes known as death with dignity or assisted suicide) when he or she has received a terminal illness. This usually … Continue reading

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Family of Boy Who Fell in Gorilla Enclosure Being Investigated

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You’ve probably heard by now about the young boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo. After he fell in, he was approached by a gorilla named Harambe. The other two gorillas who were in there at … Continue reading

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