Category Archives: Commentary

Choose to accept challenge–and change

One of the benefits of growing old is being able to look back and compare differences (as most tend to do), some good, some not so good with many others becoming utterly ridiculous and totally out of control.

Consider on this earthly plane, purported to be millions of years old, how the most phenomenal explosion of knowledge and advancement in science and technology have all occurred within less than the past 200 years (1844–the Baha’i Era) going from covered wagons to interplanetary travel and from guided missiles and drones to “misguided men,” as penned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Continue reading Choose to accept challenge–and change

Martin Luther King, Jr: Dream distorted – generations lost

Culture, like God and Love, is among the most active of verbs, not a noun.  For subordinated, abused sub-populations within a nation, i.e., America’s slave class, among its other functions, Culture establishes Values, Aspirational Vision and Behavioral Expectations so that the entire group is more likely to survive, thrive, achieve freedom, define themselves in the national environment,  and more likely to pass success tenets on to ensuing generations. Continue reading Martin Luther King, Jr: Dream distorted – generations lost

A grave called Garissa

by Derek Duncan, Program Associate for Global Advocacy and Education

The prayers of the world joined with Kenya this Easter as that country began an official period of mourning for the 148 students and security personnel killed in the northeast town of Garissa on April 2. The attack on Garissa University’s campus was carried out by al-Shabaab militants, who explained they targeted non-Muslims in the attack in revenge for Kenya’s killing of Muslims in neighboring Somalia, where, since 2011, Kenya has been helping African Union forces wage war against the group. Continue reading A grave called Garissa

Thinking, acting and living “Outside the Box”

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.

There are religious boxes; racial boxes, academic, affluent and poverty boxes—and the beat goes on…and on. But the one with the greatest stronghold is of the mind. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” ~Prov. 23:7 Continue reading Thinking, acting and living “Outside the Box”

Bullying and other Isms – my take

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

Following the risen Christ in the 21St Century

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