Category Archives: Commentary

Becoming “a happy and joyful being” . . .

Turtle Talk

“O God, refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hands. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved. I will be a happy and joyful being. O God, I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life. O God, Thou art more Friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord”–Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading Becoming “a happy and joyful being” . . .

We are all affected

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I thought long and hard about what to say in this column. I wanted to share something that has not already been shared by thousands of people across this nation and around the world; to add to the conversation in some way. Like thousands of others I was speechless, but not surprised, by the Grand Jury decision to not charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting and killing of Michael Brown. Watching this dreadful incident unfold prompts more hazard than it does security in our lives. I can only imagine the fear felt by the young people who experience such violence all around them every day. It brought to mind a quote by one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, who reminded us that “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” Continue reading We are all affected

Light a candle for justice

by Rev. Meighan Pritchard, Minister for Environmental Justice

How do we deal with environmental despair? After the November elections, one woman confided to me that her son has given up bothering to vote. Another woman voiced her sense of the futility of fighting on environmental issues when one politician, with the stroke of a pen, could wipe out years’ worth of work by thousands of environmentalists.  Continue reading Light a candle for justice

Post-election accountability

Witness.Justice.Jaramillo.webIn the aftermath of last week’s election, emotions range from celebration to lamentation, depending upon on which political party or candidate that we supported. If the barrage of political ads leading up to the election didn’t already exhaust us, we are now forced to digest the endless speculation of political analysts recounting all the reasons for the results. Negotiation among elected leaders is once again promised as a solution to the gridlock, which has severely discouraged voter participation throughout the land.

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