Jill Nelson
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One state, one church?

Religion | The Orthodox alliance with the Kremlin leaves other Russian Christians under pressure
by Jill Nelson
Posted 10/11/18, 02:52 pm

For many Christians in Russia, the freedoms of the early 1990s are largely gone. The Russian Orthodox Church, once a victim of Communist oppression, is now cozy with the Kremlin, but at a price: It overlooks the growing authoritarianism of President Vladimir Putin and human rights violations reminiscent of Soviet times.

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Miracles and myths

History | On the eve of Israel’s 70th anniversary, there is much to celebrate and plenty to set straight
by Jill Nelson
Posted 4/26/18, 09:21 am

Each year, millions of pilgrims descend upon Israel with hopes and expectations: a sign from God, an answered prayer, or a spiritual awakening after walking the path God incarnate once walked.

Or a World Cup win.

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The disappearing teenage job

Vocation | Busy high schoolers today are skipping jobs, and not learning skills that steady work teaches
by Jill Nelson
Posted 9/28/17, 01:40 pm

MISSION VIEJO, Calif.—On a warm midsummer afternoon, dozens of parents arranged their brightly colored umbrellas along the soccer pitch at Capistrano Valley High School (CVHS). Many left work to mark the beginning of a series of “lasts”: their sons’ last soccer season, the last set of school pictures, and all too soon, the last day of high school.

But these parents were worried about more than letting go. Many were also concerned that their teens are not exchanging “lasts” for crucial “firsts”—more specifically, their first job.

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