Valerie Elverton Dixon




Stories by Valerie Elverton Dixon
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The Broken Christianity of “12 Years a Slave”

Religion ought to connect us. The root of the word is ligare. It is the same root as the word ligature, … Continued

Sin in Syria

Dec. 8, 2012Seven-year-old Walid, right, is comforted as he mourns a fallen Syrian rebel fighter taken away for burial in … Continued

‘The Butler’ shows the determination of unselfish love

The little boy watched his mother’s madness and his father’s murder. An old white woman takes him from her cotton … Continued

William Gray, a man on a mission

William Gray III was a preacher, pastor, teacher, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, chief executive officer, fund raiser, … Continued

For Jackie Robinson and Jason Collins, the freedom and grace to play as you are

(Courtesy of Sports Illustrated) When I saw the movie 42, a biopic about Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in … Continued

Islam in Boston: Religion should be radical. It should not be violent.

People link hands to form a human chain from a makeshift memorial for fallen MIT police officer Sean Collier to … Continued

The ‘tender’ pope

Pope Francis gives me hope. As a scholar thinking and writing about just peace, I have written about St. Francis … Continued

Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall: Obama and the arc towards inclusion

POOL REUTERS President Barack Obama arrives at his second inauguration at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in … Continued

Les Miserables

Laurie Sparham AP This film image released by Universal Pictures shows Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in a scene from … Continued

Watch Night: The ‘moment when memory becomes hope’

AP The original Emancipation Proclamation. In all the years I attended Watch Night services on New Year’s Eve in African … Continued