Thanksgiving: At the Intersection of Grace and Sorrow

November 26, 2013 | Posted by Michael C. Phillip in


Most Americans associate Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims of Massachusetts, who dedicated a day (or three) of reflection and feasting in thanksgiving to God for providing for them in a new land. Indeed, this is how the holiday as we now celebrate it first began. But to know that story is only part of Thanksgiving’s history, and partial knowledge begets partial appreciation. In America, there is... Read More

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Slacktivism's Fair Shake

May 02, 2013 | Posted by Michael C. Phillip in


In perhaps the most organized attack yet launched by a nonprofit on slacktivism, UNICEF Sweden unveiled a coordinated PR campaign last week against the “likes” it receives on its own Facebook page. The campaign’s intent was to force donors to confront the fact that “liking” their page does not equate to helping children in need. Concerned that a more nuanced message might lack the impetus to... Read More

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