Abigail Long

Abigail Long

Biography

Abigail graduated from Liberty University in 2017 with a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Sociology and Spanish. She is currently furthering her education through pursuit of an M.A. in Communication while working as a Graduate Student Assistant for a public speaking course. Abigail discovered her love for communication through her undergraduate position as an On-Campus Student Recruiter and through travel, including her past two summers spent in Guatemala. Her hybrid background in psychology and communication speaks to her passion for dynamic, people-oriented communication and creating meaningful connections. Abigail loves hiking, public speaking, exploring cities and finding the best coffee shops, attempting acroyoga, and hearing about the causes and issues that drive others’ passions. Abigail hopes to encourage and inspire others to pursue their passions towards meaningful impact wherever they work and live.

Thoughts

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. … Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” -Aristotle

“What I believe is not what I say I believe; what I believe is what I do.” – Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz)

In today’s world, it is of the utmost importance to humbly evaluate all thoughts and information received against truth with an open mind and to put truth into action. It is my hope and prayer that, through contributing to the IYc blog, I may learn more about vital issues and how to communicate them, and by “speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15), encourage others to do the same. May everything we do be an overflow of love for Christ and for others!

Christianity

The Hope of Redemption

To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not […]

Abigail Long | August 9, 2018

Christianity

International AIDS Conference: Two Sides to the Story, but Where is the Truth?

The International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) is like an unkempt braid. There are three distinct stories intertwined in an effort to resemble a whole, yet the individual strands are still evident. The first story is the one made up of “marginalized groups” advocates, which include “sex workers,” transgender individuals, “men who have sex with men” […]

Abigail Long | August 9, 2018

United Nations

President Trump called a “Road Bump” at the United Nations: People are Not Obstacles & Other Reflections on the Humanity Around Us

The most uncouth criticism of an individual that I have heard at the United Nations in my time there this summer was spoken during the opening session of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development on July 9 at the United Nations headquarters. This criticism came from Mr. Alex Steffen, a “planetary futurist”1, “eco-crusader,”2 […]

Abigail Long | July 26, 2018

Human Rights

People are Dying While You Promote Your Agenda: A Plea to Address True Need

Two things have shocked me recently at the United Nations (UN): the stark reality of urgent need around the world, and the absolute determination of interest groups to push their agenda no matter the cost or context. How is climate change related to gender equality, or menstrual health to a sustainable environment? You would be […]

Abigail Long | July 24, 2018

Abortion

Save the Child by Loving the Mother: Practical Ways to Help

What do the pro-life and pro-choice movements have in common? Both claim to protect human rights. Yet the pro-choice movement neglects to recognize the humanity and right to life of unborn children in favor of the mother’s autonomy to make a choice. The beauty of the pro-life perspective is that in its truest form, it […]

Abigail Long | July 9, 2018

Christianity

Three Highs to Chase (in an Epidemic of Opioids and Obsessions)

What is your favorite feeling? Is it a feeling of connection, like holding someone you love or belly-laughing until your smile hurts? Is it a feeling of meaning, like making a difference for another or conquering that elusive goal you never thought was possible? Is it a feeling of escape, like a buzz or a […]

Abigail Long | July 2, 2018

Bioethics

Diagnosing Life: Who Makes the Cut?

“The uncertainties of life find no refuge at its beginnings.” -Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine1 (italics added) Recently the United Nations Headquarters hosted the 11th session of the Conference of State Parties (COSP11) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). I was able to attend several side […]

Abigail Long | June 26, 2018

Human Rights

Uncovering and Addressing the Core: Reflections on Pomodoro’s Sphere within Sphere

He breaks the universal sphere’s Machine-smoothed skin, To show the meshing gears And cogs within. -John Scattergood (excerpt from “Six Ways of Looking at a Pomodoro”)1   Recently, I was given a tour of the United Nations campus as a part of my internship with the Center for Family and Human Rights. The large meeting […]

Abigail Long | June 18, 2018

Abortion

Neurodiversity: The New Frontier in Protecting Life

The concept of neurodiversity promises a fresh perspective that may illuminate truth for those who pit quality of life against sanctity of life. “A civilized society can only be based on respect for diversity… it is from this diversity that the richness of humanity springs,” said Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of the European Organization for […]

Abigail Long | June 11, 2018