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Swords into plowshares | An interview with Paul K. Chappell

Paul K. Chappell was born in 1980 and raised in Alabama, the son of a Korean mother and a biracial father who’d served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Leaving the army a deeply troubled man, the older Chappell abused and traumatized young Paul, who nevertheless chose to pursue a military career himself, graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2002 and serving in Iraq as an […]

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Fleeing the mouth of a shark | Bill Dienst on the refugee crisis

Bill Dienst, MD, is a rural family and emergency room physician from north central Washington who has been volunteering for humanitarian medical missions since 1982, when he was a young man in medical school. His first experience profoundly changed his life and he was “hooked,” he says, volunteering repeatedly for medical exchange programs in Veracruz, Mexico, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Most recently he served as the medical […]

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Waking up white | An interview with Debby Irving

Debby Irving grew up in Winchester, Massachusetts, a wealthy white community where she was surrounded by privilege she thought was standard: large, stately homes, country club memberships, summers at a lake house, private schools, and an Ivy League college education. Though she occasionally encountered people of color, their absence in her world powerfully implied that they were less qualified or competent. On the rare occasions she did question her reality, […]

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The Earth speaks and her message is aloha | An interview with Kahuna Kalei’iliahi

Kahuna Wahine Ali’i Nui Kalei’iliahi is a kanaka maoli (aboriginal) of Hawai’i. She comes from a long line of spiritual kahunas (priests/shamans) and ali’i (chiefs/chiefesses, no “t”). Among the gifts she carries as ambassador of the Ancients is that she is a seer, medium, metaphysician, spiritual healer, keeper of the Lemurian truths and channel for many magnificent holy beings. Kahuna Kalei’iliahi has worked with people throughout the islands and worldwide, […]

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