More than 16,000 pieces of content exist in the archives.

When looking into our website redesign this past year, moving over and organizing the large amount of content housed on the site was a leading consideration in the proposals we reviewed.

Without going into the technical details, the content migration of these thousands of posts from our previous site to the current one was quite challenging.

It took several days of a semi-automated process that required regular monitoring by our site builder to ensure proper completion.

It was a successful site build and launch – from designing the layout to migrating content to going “live” – but inevitably the various platforms and formatting settings used from the previous two site designs necessitated some “fine tuning” of the archives.

Avoiding technicalities once again, since our new site’s launch on June 25, 2018, I’ve been working through our thousands of posts as time permits to adjust minor settings in older content to ensure they are more accessible to readers.

Looking through content from years’ past, I found myself reading many opinion pieces and news stories that were either historically interesting to me or that seemed to have continued relevance and application.

I recalled Joel Emerson, our web editor, commenting to me previously about how much quality content we have in our archives and wondering how we might make it more visible to readers or repurpose it somehow.

In late 2018, I pitched the idea on a weekly staff call about reposting some of our older content. After some discussion, our staff decided to launch a new series for 2019 (and perhaps beyond) called “Look Back.”

This series will complement the fresh content we publish on weekday mornings. We see it as another means by which we will continue to resource people of faith – both clergy and laity – to help them seek justice in society and work to advance the common good.

We will publish one column or news story from our archives each week as part of the “Look Back” series.

An editor’s note at the top of the article will provide the original date of publication and offer a brief explanation about why it is being shared again.

Some articles will tie into ongoing challenges, offering insight regarding where we’ve made progress and where work remains.

Others will connect to annual observances, like Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Still others will offer historical insight into how an issue was perceived in the past or what was happening at a particular date in history.

While our staff plans to select most of the articles to appear in the series, we welcome any suggestions for consideration from our readers.

Please email us at if there are articles or news stories that you’ve read on our site in the past that you feel would be worth including.

I hope that readers find this to be a series that not only provides a “look back” at the past, but also an encouragement to look forward as we work together for a more just and equitable world.

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