Bearing Witness


Photo Credit: A Small Good Thing movie website

Photo Credit: A Small Good Thing movie website

A Small Good Thing
A film by Pamela Tanner Boll

The film A Small Good Thing explores the question of what it means to live the good life in this modern era of North American life. How has the “American Dream” changed? Is more really better? The film follows individuals and families as they make decisions based on different kinds of dreams. If you are in search of the small good things in life, it’s a film to check out. We have had the joy of working with Pamela Tanner Boll in developing an article about discovering the small good things in her life for the upcoming issue of Anchormagazine. In preparation for reading her piece next month, we encourage all of you local Boston-area folks to go see her film at the Museum of Fine Arts sometime in the next week and a half.


Finding My Place In the Fight for Social Justice & Health Equity
by Jasmine Burton
Huffington Post

Do you know your role in the struggle for social justice? How are you exploring your beliefs, values, and how they guide your action? Jasmine Burton opens this reflection by confessing, “Over the past few years, I have struggled to find my place in the fight for social justice.” She shares how she confronted and wrestled with her privilege and, eventually, how Phil Wilson, the President and Founder of the Black AIDS Institute, helped her make sense of the responsibility that comes with her privilege. Burton writes, “He told us that in order to move the needle in the fight for health equity, we need to stop focusing on our ‘other-ness’ and focus on how we are a part of a global family that needs to take care of each other in order to survive.” How are you tapping into our one-ness as a global family in order to serve our shared humanity?


Photo Credit: Augustus Sherman

Photo Credit: Augustus Sherman

What America's immigrants looked like when they arrived on Ellis Island
by Ana Swanson
The Washington Post

The world is in a moment of major migration of people seeking a better life, and the issues of justice surrounding people in transition permeate our media every day. Despite what we might think, this movement is not the first to be captured on film. In the early 20th century, Augustus Sherman at Ellis Island captured in images a basic truth about the U.S.: that the country is a nation of immigrants. As this photo essay reminds us, it's one thing to know that people have been seeking new lives over the past century and another to see the expressions of people as they arrive in new places. As you look at these photos, do they conjure up memories and stories of your own family or ancestral history? Do they make you feel differently about the migrants and refugees moving throughout the world today?