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  Liar, liar, pants on fire: Affirming the value of truth for our children in an age of dishonest politics    *** Corruption and government may seem synonymous, yet we are all called to consider what it means for our country when the president of the United States has a profoundly repetitive penchant for distortion. Would we want our children to model themselves after him? And how do we measure up ourselves? If fact-checkers followed us around, how many of…

  • March 15, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

On being called a traitor

Traitor. Christ hater. Liar. Secret Muslim. Whew! Upon the publication of my most recent PhillyVoice article entitled Take heart America: Standing in courageous unity with our Muslim American citizens, I took a deep breath. Given that hate speech/crimes against Muslims in the US are at a record high, I understood that I was putting myself out there in calling for the principles of friendship, respect, and pride in our diverse American tapestry to guide our hearts at this time. But I…

  • December 18, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

“I won’t hit you”

This evening, my 3 and-a-half year old son pretended to read. He used his finger to follow the shapes of words moving slowly from left to right. I watched him turn a framed poem by Khalil Gibran into a window wherein I could view his evolving and unfolding consciousness. “Look Mama, Daddy wrote me a letter!” He smiled and began reading. “Dear Taber, thank you for this day… ” The beginning sounded like the prayers we say at meal time and…

  • August 4, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

In Lieu of Presents

Today, my son Taber turns three and we celebrate at the beach. Balloons, homemade gluten-free cake, beer, and a wide variety of vegetarian dishes grace our table. Friends gather with children and we play an “introduce yourself” game with a large, colorful parachute. The little ones laugh loudly while running underneath, and on top of, the brightly colored material. Such joy! It’s too breezy to light candles. So my husband Clark invites Taber to blow out a flame emanating from the…

  • December 12, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Every Mother Counts

Known for her iconic image, Christy Turlington Burns does more than model an ideal of physical beauty. Following the birth of her first child, Burns suffered from an unexpected postpartum hemorrhage. Her safe recovery depended upon the wise response of an effectively outfitted medical team. But what of women who do not have access to such care? In 2010, Burns founded Every Mother Counts in order to make “pregnancy and birth safe for every mother.” Read more.

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Circumcision, Cultural Bias, and the Question of Consent

“My penis was cut without my consent and without good reason. This will not happen to our son.” My husband speaks with clarity and conviction. Long before we became parents, my husband carefully researched the subject of male genital cutting, commonly called circumcision. His opposition to the practice is two-fold. First, there is the question of consent. Small children — let alone infants — have no capacity to consent to the surgical removal of sound body parts. Secondly, there is…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Bodies for Sale: Sex, Violence, and the Need for a New Narrative

Jeannette “That will be $37.00,” the woman behind the counter tells me. I pay in cash and place my ticket in the back pocket of my jeans. I am 22-years-old and on my way to Nelson, British Columbia. The bus station is quiet. Only a handful of travelers mill about the terminal. One of them is a young woman my age. I see her standing by two large bags. She has dark hair and is my height and build. I…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn