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John Gasangwa founded Arise Rwanda Ministries, which is focused on improving life for people in the coffee-growing region of Rwanda. Photos by Bruce Buursma

'Business is the calling God has ordained for me to do'

John Gasangwa, an entrepreneur who grew up in a refugee camp, uses his business training to create jobs in remote western Rwanda. Arise Rwanda Ministries has developed the coffee trade as well as educational and microlending opportunities for people living in the region.

Dancers perform at a Thanksgiving gathering in which Greensboro, North Carolina, residents from different countries and cultures shared a meal.  Photos by York Wilson

How do you build trust between a community and its immigrants? Nonprofit uses four steps to turn strangers into neighbors

The Stranger to Neighbor model is at the heart of FaithAction International House’s work building community by helping U.S.-born residents connect with recently arrived immigrants.

The Rev. Sabrina Gray is director of the Planning Ahead end-of-life ministry and the Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond is co-pastor of Bethel AME Church in Boston. Photos by Angela Rowlings

Ministry on death and dying teaches people how to plan for the end of life

Bethel AME Church in Boston helps members plan for the end of their lives with a three-part program that is practical and spiritual. The ministry is in keeping with the church’s focus on health and wellness.

Artists Caleb Clark, Christopher Holt and Jill Hooper compare a tracing of preliminary drawings to the final composition of the fresco at Haywood Street Congregation. Holt is an artist trained in making frescoes; Clark and Hooper assisted him in the two-year-long project. Photos by John Warner/Warner Photography

A church's fresco project shows that everyone has sacred worth

A church dedicated to radical hospitality and welcome creates a fresco that permanently enshrines those values and the faces of those it serves.

CitySeed staff member Frankie Douglas, a local volunteer, Sudanese chef Badria Ali and CitySeed fellow Lucy Zhu prepare food for a World Refugee Day bazaar in June 2018. Photos courtesy of Sanctuary Kitchen

Sanctuary Kitchen transforms refugees' lives through the power of food

Scholars reflecting on Muslim and Christian traditions of gratitude receive a meal -- and a lesson in thanksgiving -- from an organization that offers jobs and community to refugees.

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Leadership Education at Duke Divinity teaches a way of thinking that holds the past and future in tension, not in opposition.
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