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John Celock :
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John Celock is a New York based writer. He has written on politics, education, religion, business and public policy for a variety of regional and national publications.
September 13th, 2006
Tracking the spiritual fallout of 9/11 on three New Yorkers

Though the actual events lasted mere minutes, the fall of the World Trade Towers continues to reverberate in the lives of all Americans, particularly those who were in lower Manhattan that day and experienced the horror first-hand.
As the bright light of the late summer morning of September 11, 2001 was blocked out by thick plumes of smoke, a great deal of what Americans had always taken for granted was shaken to its foundation. While much has been made of how our sense of power, privilege and security were threatened on 9/11, the toll it took on faith lives of Americans—believed to be one of the most religious populations on earth—is seldom mentioned.
In the following, three New Yorkers who were there…

May 31st, 2006
A look inside the home schooling phenomenon and the lives of three of its practitioners

Moving from California to Guam in third grade, Rebecca Nations anticipated a new school and learning environment as she made the transition from the West Coast to the tropics. But in Guam the rows of lockers, playing fields, chalkboards, desks and cafeteria lines that she was used to in California were now replaced with the living room couch, her family’s backyard and a clear path to the refrigerator. Nations’ parents had made the switch from traditional schooling to home schooling.
Home schooling has been a phenomenon in the United States since the 1970s. Once illegal in 30 states, the practice has been permitted throughout the country since 1993. Because of various state regulations regarding…

May 3rd, 2006
A young man's struggle to free himself from a Texas church choir

Growing up in rural Zambia, Given Kachepa saw a future containing the possibility of a dollar a day job, if he was lucky to find one, while avoiding the ever-present plagues of HIV and tuberculosis. Orphaned at age 11, Kachepa saw his faith as a way out of the hardships of his life.
Encouraged by his cousins to join the church choir after his parents died, Kachepa viewed choir singing as a refuge from the harsh life he was living. He saw it as a way to get closer to God and to his faith.
“I used to go to church every Sunday, with Bible study and there would be days that I would pray for hours and hours,” he said. “I was excited, I will never forget the day that I received Jesus Christ. There were things that I did…

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