Dawn Araujo-Hawkins

Religion Journalist

Topeka, Kansas

Dawn Araujo-Hawkins

Lady journo writing religion at the Global Sisters Report | Proud Ball State University alumna | Prolific em dasher Real Housewives GIFer


U.S. food justice

A two-part series looking at food access in the United States.
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America's Prisons

A four-part series looking at mass incarceration and the Catholic sisters trying to end it.
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A Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim walk into a parking lot...

IN FALL 1884, the congregation that became Temple Israel opened its doors as the first Jewish synagogue in the state of Nebraska. From its inception, Temple Israel was a Reform congregation, a theologically progressive denomination that stresses the social justice imperatives of Judaism. Yet the early members of Temple Israel included not just Reform Jews, but Conservative and Orthodox Jews as well; navigating these interdenominational relationships would prove to be a significant part of the congregation’s early development.
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Human trafficking in the US: Sisters' networks and ministries break the cycle one life at a time

Crystal was 13 years old when she met her pimp. Of course, she didn’t think of him as a pimp; he was her boyfriend, her savior, the man who doted on her and gave her the things her parents couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. “You know how you’re a little girl and you dream of Prince Charming? Well, he was Prince Charming,” Crystal said from her home in Watertown, South Dakota.
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A ministry at the top of the world

For most of the year, Tuktoyaktuk is accessible only by air. In the winter, however, it’s a different story. Then – when the temperature has dropped to 40 degrees below zero – then you can reach the tiny hamlet perched above the Arctic Circle via the Winter Road, that is, on an icy pathway on top of the frozen Arctic Ocean.
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Grace-Filled Moments

ON A COOL, windy October evening, the family of 23-year-old Dominic Amey Jr. stands outside and waits. They’re waiting for someone to tell them how and why Amey, a father of three, was shot and killed behind the house a week before. So they pray and they wait. But there aren’t any answers—at least none that night.
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Taken by storm

Nearly a decade after Katrina, New Orleans’ poor and black still struggle to rebuild their lives. Nothing could have prepared Jean Marie Peacock for what she saw when she returned to her New Orleans home after Hurricane Katrina. She had boarded up her home before evacuating the city, yet six feet of water had remained, stagnating for weeks.
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'Pacem in Terris' — 50 Years Later

On April 11, 1963 Pope John XXIII published an encyclical some initially dismissed as naive and myopic, as too liberal and too lofty. But today, his "Pacem in Terris" is generally lauded as genius and prophetic – well ahead of its time on the issues of human rights, peace, and equality.
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Persecution Continues: Political Reform in Myanmar May Not Be The Progress We Think It Is

Along with cautious praise, the British government presented Thein Sein with millions toward Myanmar’s continued development and expressed wishes that the reforms would also continue — and Thein Sein did not disappoint. The first five prisoners were released on Dec. 31, and though the international community has largely been silent on the matter, it is likely the move will be hailed as yet another step forward for a country that has been steeped in human rights scandal for more than half a century.
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Christian nuclear weapons opponents carry on as debate wanes

The recent conviction of three Catholic activists in the U.S. has brought new media attention to faith-based opposition to nuclear weapons. But Christian disarmament is nothing new.
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Weapons of Terror

Who would have thought that in the 21st century, the seeming weapon of choice would not be some sort of super-nuclear missile or an ultra-deadly biological toxin, but that it would, instead, be women?
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Dawn Araujo-Hawkins

I am a staff writer for the Global Sisters Report, a special project of the National Catholic Reporter that provides coverage of Catholic sisters and nuns.

I graduated from Ball State University with a degree in magazine journalism and French and then studied urban and intercultural issues at Cincinnati Christian University, earning a Master of Arts in Religion.

I have a tenacious faith in the necessity of print media. I love em dashes and semicolons, but my relationship with the Oxford comma is evolving. My longstanding aversion to the inverted pyramid is well-documented.