We are all born free—although under different circumstances that may not be. It is these circumstances that greatly influence the attitudes that determine the ”boxes” in which we ultimately find ourselves throughout life.
Americans have always talked about the means necessary to encourage citizens to treat each other with dignity and respect, in keeping with equality as defined in our defining documents. Most recently, Bullying has been the organizing rubric where youth are concerned, and Cultural Diversity has pertained chiefly to adults. Relatively less effort has been directed at strengthening youngsters, America’s and my most important group, to rise above what I term intended assaults and continue preparation for successful living. Continue reading Bullying and other Isms – my take→
by Meighan Pritchard, UCC Minister for Environmental Justice
During Lent, I invited my church (Prospect UCC in Seattle) to read Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate and to see the film The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism, and Community. As we celebrate Christ surviving the cross, we must also explore what it means to follow that risen Christ in the face of climate change in the 21st century. Continue reading Following the risen Christ in the 21St Century→
Each year with the setting of the sun on March 20, the first day of spring, Baha’is throughout the world gather to break the 19-day fast and to celebrate the beginning of a New Year (Naw-Ruz). During the preceding fast period not only is the habit of daily devotions and prayer reinforced, the combined spiritual impetus of the universal effects seems to create unimaginable spiritual ties and occurrences. It also strengthens self-discipline and, while being made more aware of the worsening conditions of the world and our immediate environment in particular, we also become more cognizant of our potential contribution to the problems if not contributing in some way toward their solution. “To sin by silence” is equally unacceptable. Continue reading The appearance of Springtime→
Fred Phelps, best known as the pastor of Westboro Baptist Church, one of the most vehemently anti-gay religious leaders of modern history, died Wednesday, March 19. He spent decades blaming nearly every catastrophe on the accommodation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by the U.S. government and churches like the United Church of Christ. Phelps and the members of his church (mostly his family members) protested LGBT events and gatherings, and the funerals of soldiers and various private citizens bearing signs of hate and judgment. Except for the exercise of free speech rights, nothing about his message or actions represented the values of good citizenship, much less the values of faith. Continue reading Upholding the worth and dignity of every child of God→
To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heavens. (Ecles: 3:1)
Let’s dwell a bit on the word purpose that Webster defines as, “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists,”–our individual lives in particular no exception, When the purpose of anything is unknown or disregarded that thing will inevitably be misused and in all probability, abused. Continue reading Exploring example and God’s purpose for man→