• feminist,  justice,  listening,  social justice,  social responsibility

    Let’s all take a knee

    And listen Below is an abbreviated timeline of events/issues that have contributed to the divisions and animosities that exist in the United States today.   U.S. Constitution – ratified 1788 – The new nation makes slavery official. Listen as the flag flies over slaves who have no voice, no representation, and no hope for a better future. Mourn the broken families and broken spirits created by a constitutionalized evil. Ask for forgiveness for a nation that claimed to stand for justice and yet enshrined unspeakable injustices in the same document. Article I, Section. 2 Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within…

  • choice,  feminist,  happiness,  health,  social responsibility,  womens rights

    Does Anti-abortion really mean Pro-Life?

    A world where every human life is valued and protected. The above statement is the vision statement of the March for Life. Sounds like a laudable position, yet when I look at their Life Principles page I discover that they only talk about life up until the point of birth. They never mention the lives of women prior to getting pregnant or the lives mothers, fathers, or children after the baby is born. This makes me wonder if they are truly interested in valuing and protecting every human life. I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in…

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  • happiness,  health,  simple living,  social responsibility,  voluntary simplicity,  want to life

    Voluntary Simplicity – a philosophical review

    The Moral and Ethical Weight of Voluntary Simplicity By resisting the consumerist impulses to needlessly upgrade and acquire, many of us can save ourselves from financial stress due to over-commitment and debt, while simultaneously freeing up time and money we can spend on non-material pleasures such as time with friends and family, as well as in pursuit of personal passions, projects, and goals. Samuel Alexander and Jacob Garrett recently published a new report for the Simplicity Institute. (Download it HERE.) As a longtime adherent of simple living, I found their philosophical discussion enlightening. I chose voluntary simplicity because it makes life easier and more pleasant. Living simply reduces the amount…

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  • faith,  progressive,  social responsibility,  vision

    Spiritual Covenant with America

    I joined the Network of Spiritual Progressives last year because the group closely reflects my own views on what it will take to build communities, countries, and a world based on peaceful human interaction. Each time I read the emailed newsletters or the print magazine, Tikkun, a spirit of hope is renewed in me. Below is a one-page summary of our Spiritual Covenant with America. You can read the full covenant HERE. 1. We will create a society that promotes rather than undermines loving and caring relationships and families. 2. We will take personal responsibility for ethical behavior. 3. We will build social responsibility into the normal operations of our…

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  • christianity,  peace,  social responsibility

    The Seeds of Hate

    I opened my newspaper this morning and immediately saw the headline that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. A picture below the headline showed United States citizens rejoicing in the streets in Washington, D.C. The news and the jubilant reaction gave me pause. I read coverage in several different papers and was thankful that most provided a brief history of Bin Laden‘s life, including his participation in the Afghan fight against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. U.S. hatred and fear of the Soviets played a major role in the decision to arm what were then termed “freedom fighters.” Bin Laden was our ally in hatred of a common enemy.…