Luma Simms Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

The Heart of Progress

Progress can humanize and dehumanize; our generation in the midst of a dehumanized world has one task: to seek the progress that humanizes.

Dining Tables as Battering Rams

The practice of hospitality can be a salve for the fear, loneliness, isolation, selfishness, and obsession with material gain that drives people away from each other and into themselves.

Pope Francis’s Visit to Iraq Answers the Prayers of the Christians Who Refuse to Flee — and Face Extinction

Pope Francis, who has not stopped seeking those driven to the margins of society since the day he became the occupant of St. Peter’s Chair, understands the existential peril of Christians in the Middle East and in Iraq especially.

INTERVIEW: The Complicated Journey of Becoming an American

Luma Simms, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, describes learning how to describe her identity, what the American identity should include, and how she synthesizes each day her American self and her Iraqi self.

The Pursuit of Home

When it comes to immigration, the fundamental question is: how can we help people find a home? The answer is not no borders, but humane ones.

Thinking Is Self-Emptying

Wounds can be a gift to the world, if they can help other people to know themselves.

The Secret Desire for Barrenness

Barrenness was considered a curse for most of human history. Even after Christ, and the birth of his church, when fruitfulness transcended the fertile womb, it has been understood as a matter of pain, of something not as it should be. Yet today, barrenness is a condition that is often deliberately chosen, through the use of contraception.

What Does Conservatism Mean After The Iraq War?

An Iraqi-American reflects on the impact of the war in Iraq on Christians in the country and conservatism in America.

People and Their Relationships

When our conception of relationships and relationship-building is based on a vision of the human person as an atomized choice maker who forms bonds for his or her benefit, we should not wonder why institutions decay. Our institutions are in crisis because we are in an identity crisis.

The Need For a Humane Immigration Debate

The immigration restrictionists at the turn of the 20th century were driven by eugenic doctrine, and they built their arguments on racial theories. So what do we do today with this legacy of the immigration restrictionists of old?