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Inside a week at the Minnesota Capitol

Inside a week at the Minnesota Capitol

| Jason Adkins | March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Minnesota Catholic Conference staff is often asked to describe a typical day at the office. Though every day is different, we are blessed that it is only the rare occasion on which MCC’s policy team spends the whole day behind a desk. This is how it should be, because public policy advocacy requires an entrepreneurial spirit and lots of relationship building —which is not much different from the dynamics of those who work in sales.

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Action Alert – Support a legislative commission on surrogacy

Action Alert – Support a legislative commission on surrogacy

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Instructions on how to contact your legislators quickly to support a legislative commission on surrogacy

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Driver’s license bill chance to progress immigration discussion

Driver’s license bill chance to progress immigration discussion

| Jason Adkins | March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Imagine St. Joseph, struggling in Egypt to support his family as they awaited a time to return home. Or, think of the daily trials the Holy Family faced as they fled the dangers in their homeland. These are problems that many migrants confront on a daily basis as they try to make their way in a new land.

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Affordable housing in interest of common good

Affordable housing in interest of common good

| Ben Jones | February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

This year, the Minnesota Catholic Conference has joined other organizations in supporting the Homes for All agenda currently before the Minnesota Legislature.

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Dangers of surrogacy should prompt preventative action

Dangers of surrogacy should prompt preventative action

| Kathryn Mollen | February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

In 2014, the Minnesota Catholic Conference worked to successfully stop problematic legislation that would have legitimized commercial surrogacy contracts, which are currently not recognized under Minnesota law. This session, MCC is advocating for legislation that would establish a commission to study the issues and concerns associated with surrogacy arrangements, including how to ensure that we protect vulnerable women and children from potential exploitation and commodification.

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Living ‘life’ in a throw away culture

Living ‘life’ in a throw away culture

| Shawn Peterson | January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today almost everything is tossed away with little thought and replaced by a new, better “object.” Our attitude is: If something or someone is not perfect or wanted, it has no value and can be discarded.

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Challenges in the face of Obama’s executive action on immigration

Challenges in the face of Obama’s executive action on immigration

| Jason Adkins | December 17, 2014 | 10 Comments

The confusion surrounding the executive action is emblematic of an immigration debate that has been distorted. Avoiding that trap requires more from us as Catholics, including: 1) reading broadly; 2) listening faithfully; and 3) seeking to “encounter” with people affected by our choices, all of whom are made in the image and likeness of God.

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What does education choice really look like?

What does education choice really look like?

| Shawn Peterson | December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Read about why the Minnesota Catholic Conference will join with other Minnesota educational choice advocates in the 2015 legislative session to encourage legislators to establish educational savings accounts and opportunity scholarship tax credits for Minnesota families.

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Educational options don’t always equal choices; it’s time for both

Educational options don’t always equal choices; it’s time for both

| Shawn Peterson | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Of all the important and interesting policy areas I work on, none is more personal than education.

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Transgender persons, human dignity and our response

Transgender persons, human dignity and our response

| Jason Adkins | October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

This past summer, Time Magazine had a cover story called “The Next Civil Rights Revolution,” chronicling the movement to create legal mandates for the accommodation of persons who either identify as transgender or who refuse to identify as male or female altogether.

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Building Babylon’s good without bending to its gods

Building Babylon’s good without bending to its gods

| Jason Adkins | September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Throughout history, Christians have often felt like outsiders even within their own nations. In appearance, they may seem indistinguishable from those around them, but their mode of being is different, often times conflicting with the mainstream culture.

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Border children and a consistent ethic of life

Border children and a consistent ethic of life

| Jason Adkins | August 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

The humanitarian crisis on the Mexican border has become a major issue in the public discourse. It has generated a heated political debate that has sometimes obscured the human face of the problem and the actual needs of the unaccompanied minors.

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