“According to the United Nations, 65.8 million people were displaced at the end of 2017. Will those who have lost everything find, in American Christians, an open hand or a closed fist?”

Daniel Darling, vice president of communication for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (Washington Post, November 2)

Rising income inequality has…changed the attitudes and behavior of American voters, sowing resentment, fanning prejudice and eroding the sense of shared values, shared purpose and shared destiny that once held the country together.”

—Stevens Pearlstein, in his new book Can American Capitalism Survive?

“In the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, our greatest scarcity is not a lack of resources but the absence of political courage and moral imagination.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Guardian, November 7

Thankfulness is much more than saying “thank you.” Thankfulness is a way to experience the world, a way to perceive, a way to be surprised. Thankfulness is having open eyes and a short distance between your eyes and your heart.

DigiCOPY Dialogue for Customers, November 2018

It is crucial too that we keep remembering that negotiations, peace talks, forgiveness, and reconciliation happen most frequently not between friends, not between those who like one another. They happen precisely because people are at loggerheads and detest one another as only enemies can. But enemies are potential allies, friends, colleagues, and collaborators.

—Desmond Tutu

Drought is a reason why Central Americans are joining the caravan that is moving north in Mexico for the U.S. border. A four-year drought has devastated crops. Farmers in what is known as the dry corridor have lost 60 to 80 percent of their crops, mostly corn and beans. El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are the most severely affected.”

Foreign Policy, November 6