Happy 2006! For a recap post of 2005, some heroes over the year seem worth highlighting. The ACLU for bringing to light issues of torture and secret prisons while attempting to hold our government to account. This issue and where we go with it will determine our moral possibilities as a country.
Methodists who are working for gay and lesbian inclusion in the church. These folks did not remain silent in the face of the bad news over the last year, but instead took public stands of support and solidarity all over the country. Perhaps a model for Catholics who face a less than supportive church hierarchy.
With catastrophic natural disasters from hurricane Katrina to the tsunamis of Asia to the earthquakes in Pakistan, the Church World Service and the Red Cross have been life savers, doing the work that needs to be done in the face of such events. In 2006 their important work won't end and they need your support.
Cindy Sheehan and the Gold Star Families for Peace deserve note for bringing the human cost of this war to the public. The UCC for their support of gay marriage at their summer convention. I know I'm missing other important heroes of 2005 and am interested in who others would add to the list.