Category Archives: Commentary

Reassessing and rearranging priorities . . .

Although at mid point of this first month of another Gregorian New Year, it still may be time–and most certainly wise–to reassess and rearrange a few of our individual priorities of the past that may have significant positive impact upon our future–as well as of the future of others about us. In the confused, fluctuating state of today’s local and especially world status, such spiritually blurred vision, as with the natural eye, can cause distortion, dizziness and other complications that will continue to worsen until some major derailment occurs. Continue reading Reassessing and rearranging priorities . . .

Joyful Resistance

by Michael Neuroth
Policy Advocate for International Issues

“When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.” (Matthew: 2:10)

The start of a new calendar year is a threshold, a moment to acknowledge the passing of time. It is natural to look back and take stock of the past twelve months. For many, (far too many) 2017 was challenging. Personally many experienced job loss or change, health scares, the passing of loved ones, strained relationships and other life challenges. Continue reading Joyful Resistance

Conjugation of Life’s Tenses. . .

As we continue to get another New Year of publication off the ground through The Roanoke Tribune’s rich legacy, let us again view and address it through conjugation of the tenses of life.

We traditionally pass through life in three tenses—future tense for the first 30 years while looking forward to the perceived freedoms of adulthood; present tense for the next years between 30-60 as life’s reality kicks in and we become more obsessed with success, or mere “survival of the fittest.”— Approaching the 60s, conversations start shifting more into past tense as the present becomes more overwhelming and the future more uncertain. Continue reading Conjugation of Life’s Tenses. . .

Uprooting the sources of harassment

by Amy Johnson
UCC Our Whole Lives Coordinator

Sexual violence against women is not new. Stories are disturbingly abundant in our ancient texts and flow like a river through to contemporary times. But now, due to some invisible conglomeration of tipping points, something seems to be shifting. Many women who are disclosing sexual harassment, and sometimes even sexual assault, are being believed. Actions are being taken. More people are being held accountable. Continue reading Uprooting the sources of harassment

Facing a New Year with a New Attitude . . .

Many have entered this New Year with new resolutions to which may we suggest adding pooling our strengths to minimize our weaknesses. It appears that controversies continue to always attract the most attention but seldom promote unity.

Many years ago my brother (now deceased) shared with me an article by Eric Butterworth entitled “The Voice of Unity.” This particular broadcast began with the statement: “There are no race problems; there are only people problems! Let’s take a long, hard look inside ourselves.” Continue reading Facing a New Year with a New Attitude . . .