Signs of hope: a Comment symposium

Comment asked regular contributors to tell us of signs of hope they see in their daily work, in the spheres of culture where they are most active, or in the world at large. What follows is their observations and reflections.
—The Editors

Appears in Winter 2008 Issue: Signs of hope
Symposium
December 1st, 2008

Comment asked regular contributors to tell us of signs of hope they see in their daily work, in the spheres of culture where they are most active, or in the world at large. What follows is their observations and reflections.
—The Editors




Hope lands in my inbox every day. As the editor who is responsible for our social-enterprise coverage, I get to hear—and tell—stories about people and organizations who, driven by faith and/or their love of humanity and/or some impossible-to-articulate compassion, have devoted their lives to making others' lives better.

Hope is the woman who started the only drug company in America that intends never to turn a profit, but to create pharmaceuticals that people in the developing world need, just because they need them. Hope is two guys in business school who figured out a way for rice farmers to make electricity with the discarded husks from their harvest. Hope is an immigrant's kid who has devoted herself to bringing real teaching and reform to a corrupt inner-city school system. Hope is one of the wealthiest real-estate developers in America, who started one of the most ingenious, influential, yet unknown charities in the land to make sure that people much poorer than him had a solid roof over their heads. And lucky me, I get to run ten such stories in the next issue of the magazine—which means 750,000 copies will soon hit mailboxes and newsstands, disseminating these tales of hope.

Jeff Chu is a senior editor at Fast Company magazine in New York City.




When I look at the world on a large scale, as if through a wide-angle lens, things seem depressing, and there's not much any one of us can do to make a difference. But signs of hope in God's kingdom become evident when we look up close, as if through a microscope. I see Christians creating and supporting great art (www.mattsbasement.com, www.pacifictheatre.org, www.annunciationpictures.com, www.transformingculture.org, www.imagejournal.org), stewarding God's creation and teaching others to do so (www.arocha.org), helping to break the cycle of poverty in Central America (www.agros.org), helping to educate the people of God to live well in the world and integrate their faith and their work (www.regent-college.edu, www.ethix.org, www.theologyofwork.org, and of course Comment magazine). These are some of the people and organizations I have been recently supporting with my money or volunteer time, and it's exciting to be part of what God is doing through them in small ways that have ripple effects throughout the world.

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