Author Archives: Dr. Steven Garber

Where Human Beings Love to Live

“I choose not to walk by it….”  Ashley Marsh, Opelika, Alabama, 21st-century “Having heard all of this, you may choose to look the other way…but you can never again say that you did not know.”  William Wilberforce, London, England, 18th-century … more »

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Not a Typical Love Affair

“Do you read Camus?” I love film, but it is hard to find films that I want to watch. Even with almost boundless choices, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime and more— including the local theaters —I can look and look, and … more »

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The Ordering of Our Loves

Ordo Caritatis. Some words and ideas are worth holding onto, especially ones that take us to deeper places of the heart, that ask us harder questions of the heart— and even more, ones that offer the hope that all is … more »

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Vocations as Sacramental Signposts

I began with the sainted story of California. Like all of life, and the history of every people and every place, the story of California is a complex one, even a messy one. On the one hand, what we know … more »

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A Terrible Beauty

Intractable. It is a hard word, and one we wish wasn’t. Whenever we find ourselves needing that word, we are in a miserable place. Sometimes marriages seem like that, and we can see no way other than more sorrow. And … more »

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On Faith

“Do you have faith?” We were sitting in a cafe for lunch today, talking about the world and our place in it. A generation apart, she came to Washington a few years ago, and works on international human rights questions, … more »

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Good Work Matters for Everyone Everywhere

And the doors clanged shut. It is only grace that makes it be that I haven’t spent most of life in prison. The few times I have walked in, I have walked out. A long time ago now, I was … more »

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Learning to Learn About Things That Matter

Yesterday I spoke at Friends University in Wichita, a school in the Quaker tradition. A glorious building was imagined, and then brought into being in the late 19th-century to house this hope for educating the next generation of “Friends,” as … more »

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Even Proximate Justice Is Hard to Find

Proximate justice, one more time. I walked into a familiar classroom this morning, one where I spent many hours over many years. And as I prepared to begin, I saw an essay I had written some years ago, “Making Peace … more »

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We the People… One More Time

“It always makes sense to tell the truth”– Vaclav Havel, 1936-2011. Hard as that is for each of us, it is only compounded when all of us lie. The personal is one thing, and it matters very much; the political … more »

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