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The pope and Mara Vanderslice Kelly

November 29, 2013


Mara Vanderslice Kelly, the coordinator for the president’s advisory council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, describes how she grew up in a nominally religious home in the shadow of the the religious right. She studied at a Quaker school and traveled to Columbia, where she met honest-to-God Christians with compassion for “the least of these.” It spurred her into a soul-search and an eventual spiritual awakening.

Think of her testimony, consider the Pope Francis’ recent encyclical.

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