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    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2006 + partly sunny; we have avoided the flooding now affecting areas to our South, particularly Binghamton & the Southern Tier.

    + The Presbyterian Church (USA) has recently concluded an important General Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama. Many issues of peace and justice were debated. Several important policy statements and recommendations were passed as an article published on the PC(USA) website indicates. I appreciate how my denomination doesn't dodge the important issues of our time but deals with them prophetically and creatively.

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    + Warning Signs of our Demise as a Great Nation: As I watch Americans tolerate the use of torture, the unjustified war, the support of the brutal & illegal occupation in Palestine, the growing gap between rich and poor, the increasing destruction of the environment, the tolerance of homelessness and poverty, the many addictions keeping so many of us enslaved and weak, the use of the death penalty, the easy access to guns and many other abuses against creation and life, I wonder if we will survive. Oh, we probably will survive in some form but somehow, some day, we are going to be humbled and it may be a very painful humbling. Israel of ancient times was so humbled. Many starved to death or were violently killed. Many of those who lived lost everything. It was horrible. Americans have a false sense of security believing that our military and our economy are invincible. And God is on our side. That’s what the ancient Israelites believed.

    Many prophets of ancient Israel including Isaiah and Amos and Jeremiah pointed out that Israel was in denial and that “the Day of the Lord” would come and would be a dark day indeed. Their warnings are a major part of the Bible. But they were ignored when they were doing the warning. The rich and privileged of ancient Israel were smug and self-assured. The rest fell victim to the entertainment offerings or were kept silent through the usual intimidation methods of the empire. Israel before its fall was still an empire although its land and wealth was nothing like it had been under Solomon centuries before.

    The United States today appears to be at the top of its game in many ways but the cries of the tortured and abused and neglected and oppressed and impoverished can not be ignored forever. God hears them. God is always listening to the victims of the planet and is always acting on their behalf. This message is found throughout the Bible and throughout history. Moses was empowered by God to liberate the Israelites from slavery because God heard their cries and acted to end their suffering. That’s what God does. God blessed Israel and made it a model nation. But when it stopped acting like the model nation it was supposed to be, God blessed other nations and allowed Israel to be brought down.

    God has most certainly blessed the United States and made us a model nation. But we now seem to be repeating the mistakes of history, believing God will protect us no matter what. The Bible makes it clear that God doesn’t work that way. History teaches us again and again that God does not work that way. Will we ever learn this lesson? I wonder. I think we can learn this lesson. I hope we can learn this lesson. I love my country and I long for the day that we will reclaim the mission of being a model nation for the planet. I hope we can learn the lesson without a lot of pain. The signs, however, are ominous. For many, the pain has already begun and few who do not yet feel the pain seem to care. This indifference and apathy is what the prophets of ancient Israel condemned as do prophets of every age.

    The seeds of our potential destruction were planted even before our formation as a separate nation 230 years ago. Many Americans were already determined to force out the Indians from all land east of the Mississippi. It didn’t take long before many Americans believed we had a “manifest destiny” to reach the Pacific and eliminate or repress any Indians or Spaniards or Mexicans or anybody else who stood in our way. Then, we laid claim to control of the entire Western Hemisphere. Then we laid claim to control of the whole planet and this has now become a reality. No nation has ever gained so much control of the planet. For many, this is exhilarating and a good thing for us and maybe even for the planet. Others, including me, believe this is a big mistake. We have a mission to be a model nation, not a controlling nation. Controllers use intimidation and propaganda and violence and denial. Modelers use cooperation, compassion, tolerance, education, awareness, gentleness and humility. Let’s return to our God-given mission to be a light to the world as a nation of gentle and humble and compassionate and determined peacemakers rather than killers and intimidators and torturers and repressors.


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    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2006 + a beautiful day along the Erie Canal

    + My travel blog is getting my attention these days as I am reflecting on our recent wonderful journey to Spain & Norway. Blogging here will resume soon but in the mean time you can see where I've been recently at the abundancetrek travel blog.

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    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2006 + hot in Madrid

    + Here I am stuck at MAD because of plane delay in Madrid. Having a great time. Blogging again soon.


    SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2006 + mostly cloudy with showers


    + I saw THE DA VINCI CODE last night and I liked it. So, I join with my favorite critics at SPIRITUALITY & PRACTICE who liked it a lot. So did Roger Ebert.

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    FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2006 + partly cloudy with a shower or two along the Erie Canal


    + As the controversial film THE DA VINCI CODE opens this weekend, SoJoNet offers "Is THE DA VINCI CODE dangerous?" by Ryan McCarl. By the way, RottenTomatoes reveals that most film critics are not at all impressed with the movie and particularly the performance of Tom Hanks. But my favorite critics at SPIRITUALITY & PRACTICE do like it so I plan to see it.

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    TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2006 + rainy in SW Florida


    + CommonDreams offers a Helen Thomas column noting the absence of spiritual leaders speaking out against the war. Maybe she isn't aware of the fact that the media has a virtual blackout when it comes to progressive voices of faith.

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    + CommonDreams offers a Bill Moyers tribute to William Sloan Coffin, the chaplain and pastor who became one of our greatest peace and justice activists. Coffin died last month.

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    TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2006 + sunny and mild


    + Al Franken interviewed Cristina Page today. She is the author of How The Pro-choice Movement Saved America. Alternet offers "Did the Pro-Choice Movement Save America?", an interview with Cristina Page. I was really impressed with her clarity about issues related to contraceptives and sex education. The Left gets blamed for the breakdown of family values in the US but the truth is that countries with plenty of sex education and plenty of contraceptives available are doing much better than us ... much better ... when it comes to lower abortion rates and lower pregancy rates among unwed mothers.

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    + The Importance of Discerning the Truth & Compromising: Truth is usually found through compromising and compromising and compromising and compromising because humans are limited in understanding and are often wrong and need the constant correction of the ongoing process of community as well as individual discernment. Discernment is such an underrated concept on the planet these days. It needs to be accentuated, emphasized, revitalized and accepted as a necessary process for progress.

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    TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2006 + the rain came! We saw no sunshine for almost 4 days and it got chilly, too.


    + Rick Steves is a famous travel guide. He has met many people from all over the world and has come to some political views which I happen to share. In "Islamo-Fascist Terrorism Hides Our Real Threat" Rick offers an insightful and informed critique of US militarism based on fear-mongering and challenges Progressives to confron this real threat.

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    FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2006 + partly sunny morning with a lot of rain on the way soon


    + Approach the Game with No Preset Agendas: I'm working on a sermon based on Luke 24:36b-48 (Lectionary Gospel for April 30) and googled "open mind" since Jesus "opened their minds to understand the scriptures." I discovered some amazing wisdom from a famous basketball coach!:
    + Phil Jackson quotes: “Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.” | “If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.” | “Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.” | “I gave it my body and mind, but I have kept my soul.” | “Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.” I found these at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/p/phil_jackson.html
    And some others:
    Malcolm Forbes: “The goal of education is to replace an empty mind with an open mind.” I found that at http://quotations.about.com/cs/inspirationquotes/a/Knowledge4.htm.
    And this: & "The mind is like a parachute - it works only when it is open." I found that at http://spirituality.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1460542.cms.

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    I believe Jesus is authorizing us to be open to new revelations, new understandings, new discoveries, new ways of doing things, new ways of interpreting scripture, new ways of being compassionate in all of life including the arena of politics.

    I have decided to use a portion of one of Coach Jackson's quotes (above) for my sermon title: Approach the Game with No Preset Agendas.

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    + Here's an item in the news of great concern to me and other progressive Christians: United Church of Christ communications director criticizes 'Meet the Press' for excluding mainline church voices

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    + I'm collecting thoughts on the practice of detachment. Here's what I added to the practice of detachment page today:

  • Detachment does not mean indifference. A Hindu teacher, Shakun Narain Kimatrai, clarifies the difference. She writes: "I believe that while being detached, one has to be loving and compassionate. Detachment, according to me, is to be and let be! Live and let live! After you have done your best, leave the rest! I believe that the only true detachment is from the desire of fruits of action." For more, read "Detachment and Love," a webpage found at dalsabzi.com.
  • Father Bede Griffiths (1906-1993) contributed immensely to our wisdom and knowledge regarding the contemplative life. He focused considerable attention on the need for detachment which he calls an essential part of the process "to break the ego, to open beyond the ego, and open up to the Divine." For more, read "Satsang with Fr. Bede" a webpage found at bedegriffiths.com
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    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2006 + sunny


    + I'm collecting thoughts on the practice of detachment. Here's what I added to the practice of detachment page today:
    Detachment is the practice which is now popularly called “letting go and letting God.” As we become more and more committed to the essential practice of being still, detachment becomes more and more natural and desirable. As we detach from some of our earthly pleasures and pains and obsessions and addictions, we become more and more awakened to the glorious truth that we are enjoying the gifts of heaven right here, right now. Wow! Buddhist teacher Thubten Chodron says that this practice leads to a “calm, realistic, open, and accepting attitude.” As a result, “our relationships with others are harmonious, and in fact, our affection for them increases." Read more at a SPIRITUALITY & PRACTICE web page on Thubten Chodron.

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    TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2006 + sunny


    + I have some work to do at my website because the peak of the World Wide Web has moved to a new URL. No longer can you find the web pages I am calling the peak of the WWW at Spirituality & Health. Now the peak of the WWW is at Spirituality & Practice. I have had many links to various pages at the old website which now need to be changed to the new website. Actually this website is best described as a whole mountain range of peaks, the Himilayas of spiritual resource websites.

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    EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2006 + partly sunny and breezy; feels chilly at 50 F.


    + Here's the tune and the great words to "I Danced in the Morning" or "The Lord of the Dance", a great song for Easter > Sing along with me!


    THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2006 + partly sunny and breezy


    + S. wrote: "You mention the buzzword "tolerance" in your blog frequently, and I'd like to know specifically what you mean when you use this word. How does a person show tolerance? What behaviors do you personally consider intolerant? You seem to imply that "tolerance" is always right and a virtue, although I'm sure you would agree that tolerance for pedophilia, rape, or murder, for example, would not be virtuous."

    Here is my response:
    The Desert Fathers and Mothers took forgiveness and tolerance to the extreme by suggesting that even witnesses to crimes should keep their mouths shut and let people get away with their sins. Only God judges. I am not so extremist that I think we can allow bad behavior to go unchecked but I do believe that we are erring on the side of too much punishment and judgment these days.

    The Desert Father & Mother approach seems to advocate that tolerance and forgiveness more than anything else sooner or later leads people to the transformations God is always trying to bring about in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2006 + cloudy and mild with thunderstorms on the way


    + I found a provocative spoonful of 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' at http://members.tripod.com/~meherbhopal/parables.html:

    Why?

    On the street, I saw a small girl cold and shivering in a thin dress, with little hope of a decent meal. I became angry and said to God: 'Why did you permit this? Why don't you do something about it?'

    For a while God said nothing. That night however, he replied quite suddenly: 'I certainly did something about it. I made you.'
    From 'Chicken Soup for the Soul'

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    MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2006 + sunny and getting warmer after a chilly week


    + A THOUGHT FOR HOLY WEEK: Our nation and our planet are suffering currently from a refusal of people to seek reconciliation and peace at all levels from families and friendships and neighborhoods and schools and businesses and factories to religions and nations. People are becoming so attached to their ideologies or their versions of reality that they will fight tooth and nail for their ideologies and the misguiding idols or "the principalities and powers" which support all of these misguided ideologies. Whether it be Islamic Jihadists or Right Wing or Left Wing Political Fanatics or Hindu Nationalists or Christian Dominionists or Socialist Revoultionaries or Free Market Enthusiasts or Environmental Crusaders or New Agers or whatever, we are selling our collective soul to the power of evil which divides us and makes us intolerant or indifferent or apathetic or insensitive or angry or arrogant or ignorant or greedy. We are in big trouble. We have the ability to destroy the planet and we just might. If we don’t do that, we are destroying many lives because we are not putting love ahead of ideology or our versions of reality.

    I pray that this Holy Week can be a time of spiritual transformation which will bring us to a place of healing and respect and reconciliation. As Sting said: "There is no political solution to our troubled evolution." Our ideologies are making us sick unto death. Be still. Listen to God. Hear what God is saying to our troubled planet. Hear and be healed. It's possible. It really is. Miracles happen. Healing happens. God is at work deep within all of us making all things new.

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    TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2006 + cold again after about a week of mild days


    + On today's Diane Rehm Show, Diane interviewed Frederick Buechner, author of more than 30 works of fiction and nonfiction and an ordained Presbyterian minister. It's a great interview dealing a lot with living mindfully and hopefully in these challenging times. You can scroll down to a link on the website and listen to the interview.

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    + As I was preparing to make a presentation at Presbytery on behalf of a General Assembly resolution on the crisis in The Republic of Congo offered by another Presbytery, I discovered U-C: What I See which is the blog of Presbyterian General Assembly Moderator Rick Ufford-Chase. A particularly perceptive and poignant post on the Congo is found in the archives for May 2005.

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    + I am reading a great new book, WRESTLING UNTIL THE DAWN: THE FIGHT FOR BIBLICAL JUSTICE IN A POSTMODERN WORLD by John Preston who is a longtime friend and a colleague in the Presbytery of Utica. John "argues that reading our civic and scriptural master narratives through the lens of the church's traditional theology has not developed an effective moral witness." He says we need "to tell our character forming stories in a better way. Our current interpretation has led to a loss of community and the common good, and to the rise of an unhealthy individualism." It's his first book and I look forward to more! I was part of a "Jesus Seminar" group which helped him during the writing of the first stages of this book. I particularly like his focus on the need for what I like to call a shared and sustainable abundance. In the group we studied LIFE ABUNDANT by Sallie McFague which calls for us to radically change our understanding of abundance. McFague argues that our North American theology is quite suspect since we have not wrestled sufficiently with the huge gap between the rich and poor on our planet. John supports and develops that argument. The webpage promoting the book includes a PDF file with the Table of Contents and all of chapter 18, "At the Heart of the Anomaly". Also, some more thoughts by the author can be found at www.lulu.com/spiritbrookpress.

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    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2006 + cloudy; cold; a few snow showers


    + Democracy Now! offers an interview with Kevin Phillips, a former Republican strategist, who has written AMERICAN THEOCRACY, a scathing critique of the Bush Administration saying our national agenda has been seriously sidetracked by oil, dominionists and debt. The book is reviewed by Alan Brinkley in the NY TIMES REVIEW OF BOOKS

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    TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2006 + very windy; a few snow showers


    + S., a Muslim in a Yahoo! interfaith forum wrote to me recently: "Do you think people who do not believe in the Christian salvation theory (Jesus' death in the cross for the sins of others) will be saved? What is your opinion?"

    Here is my response: Hi S., Thanks for asking!! The answer to your question is YES! The cross and empty tomb belief of Christians is metaphorical and sacramental. It helps us understand the infinite love of God. There are other ways to understand the infinite love of God. I believe in universal salvation and I believe that the sages of the ages, including Moses and Buddha and Jesus and Muhammad, teach universal salvation. God wants everyone to be saved. Doctrines are not important to God. Behavior is important, of course, but God's tolerance goes far beyond human tolerance. It is infinite. God waits patiently until we get it right and sooner or later we will all get it right. God has all eternity to wait. Sooner or later, we will understand the infinite love of God and know peace, the "peace which is beyond understanding", the peace which is "not as the world gives".

    We are all invited to the heavenly banquet. We all can come just as we are. God will correct our errors. The judgment will be a glorious experience of hearing how fantastic and wonderful we are with just a few corrections. Of course, for people who really got it wrong like Bush & Cheney & Blair and the Israeli & Palestinian leadership and Saddam Hussein and Bin Laden and Stalin & Hitler & all the suicide bombers, the correction process will take a little longer but not long compared to eternity.

    God is love!

    I bow to you. I appreciate you and I respect you and I love you, child of God. You are a fantastic and wonderful person made in the beautiful image of God. Namaste!

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    + Here are some recent SPIRITUALITY & HEALTH MOVIE REVIEWS for movies I have yet to see:

  • A GOOD WOMAN
  • BREAKFAST ON PLUTO
  • BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
  • BUBBLE
  • THE CONSTANT GARDENER
  • END OF THE SPEAR
  • IN HER SHOES
  • KING KONG
  • LAST HOLIDAY
  • NORTH COUNTRY
  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
  • PRIVATE
  • PROOF
  • RENT
  • SYRIANA
  • TRANSAMERICA
  • THE WEATHER MAN
  • WHEN THE SEA RISES
  • WHY WE FIGHT


    MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2006 + Mild with lots of clouds and some thunder and lighting and some rain. Snow tomorrow?


    + The current issue of CROSSCURRENTS offers "9/11 and God's Sport" by Bill Moyers"

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    + I just discovered that there is another Presbyterian minister who likes THE DA VINCI CODE by Michael Brown. "The Da Vinci Code: Do a million little fabrications point to one large truth?" by Charles Henderson is a great article by the host of GODWEB and the publisher of CROSSCURRENTS and the former web host of ABOUT.CHRISTIANITY. It's always great to find another Presbyterian minister who is on the same page. We share a lot more common ground than our appreciation of THE DA VINCI CODE. Do check out GODWEB.

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    TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2006 + lots of sunshine and a tiny taste of spring in the air


    + It's time to end "the war on terror" and start negotiating. I agree with Glen Moyer that negotiation would be in the best interests of everyone. Global peace is possible but not without a lot of give and take and humility and confession and repentance. Let's remember that we never hesitated to negotiate with a brutal tyrant named Josef Stalin. Let's remember that Nixon negotiated with Mao Tse Tung after years of cold and hot war with Red China. So, it's not unprecedented to stop fighting and start talking.
    CommonDreams offers "Maybe it's Time to Negotiate With the Enemy" by Glen Moyer.

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    FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2006 + some sunshine and some flurries and some clouds


    + I AM BEGINNING AGAIN! A new start to my "project" or, hopefully, "our project". Here we go!

    I am wandering around heaven promoting some kind of "new thing" God is doing. Please join me for a while. I want this "project" to be a community effort so please write to me with your ideas.

    We are now creating something new, a new earth, a new heaven, a new spiritual community. God is doing this "new thing" and we are called to participate, to co-create. I like to call it "the new church for the new age" but who knows? Let's create it, whatever it is, together. I don't want followers. I want friends, colleagues, partners.

    Let's be clear that there are some essential characteristics or attributes of this “new thing” God is doing. I have come up with the following nine essential attributes: ABUNDANCE, JOY, WISDOM, BEAUTY, LOVE, TRUTH, PEACE, JUSTICE and FREEDOM. What do you think? Please note that the centering attribute is LOVE. God is Love. That's what the Christian Bible says. That's what I believe. Do you?

    Here is how I like to state it: "I am creating the new church for the new age which is creating the new, most holy, fantastic, glorious realm of abundance, joy, wisdom, beauty, love, truth, peace, justice and freedom." Let me unpack this a little. It is really important to start this journey with a confident "I AM" as Jesus did following Moses. Moses heard God say "I AM" at the Burning Bush (Exodus 3). The importance of saying "I AM" is found throughout the great wisdom traditions of humanity. "I AM" identifies us with God's mission. Quickly here I must say that this glorious proclamation must be said with enormous humility and ego-denial. One of my favorite passages of scripture is Mark 8: 27-9:1 where Jesus announces his secret identity and tells us what is required.

    Enormous humility can only happen through the practice of being still. More than once, the psalmist hears God say: "Be still and know that I am God." Don't miss the "I AM." Being still is both incredibly simple and incredibly difficult. Actually it's impossible but that's another conversation. The great Yoga teacher, Erich Schiffman says that stillness is a "higher energy state." Paradoxically, there is actually more movement in stillness, not less! As we wander together for a while I will constantly remind us to be still and enter that "higher energy state" where we can become united and empowered with "I AM" and come to know what it means to create this "new thing" as God's chosen partner. I am chosen to be God's partner, God's friend, God's co-creator. So are you. Do you believe that?

    So let's do what we need to do to become united and empowered with "I AM" now by being still. Breathe deeply. Breathe fully. Be centered. Be grounded. Lighten up. Loosen up. Celebrate. Enjoy. Be glad all over. Now! Be here now. Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see? Let the one who has ears hear. Let the one who has eyes see. Isn't wandering around heaven a glorious, fantastic, wonderful thing to do? C'mon now. Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know. Be still. Be. OK?

    Where shall we go next? I would suggest that we explore the sacred ground of the Holy Land both literally and metaphorically. Where do you want us to go next?

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    THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2006 + mostly cloudy with a little snow expected tonight


    + According to the fantastic movie reviewers, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of Spirituality & Health, END OF THE SPEAR is "one of the best films ever made about the courage and compassion at the heart of the Christian path of nonviolence".

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    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2006 + mostly cloudy with a few flurries


    + Here is further evidence of the betrayal of American ideals in the so-called "War on Terror". Why do we have to be terrorists ourselves as we claim to fight terrorism? Democracy Now! offers an Exclusive: Former UN Human Rights Chief in Iraq Says US Violating Geneva Conventions, Jailing Innocent Detainees

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    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2006 + cloudy, mild with high winds expected tonight followed by a cold front


    + I just posted the following at a Yahoo! interfaith dialogue group filled with Christians who are often examples of Jesus-olatry and Bible-olatry and Muslims who are Quran-olatrists:

    Progressive Christianity ( see http://www.tcpc.org/ ) offers a way to be a faithful Christian in a sacramental and metaphorical way. Progressive Christianity offers an approach to God which is consistent with the perennial philosophy of mysticism which is the core, the heart, the foundation of all wisdom traditions.

    Jesus-olatry is the heresy which claims that Jesus is the only human who reveals God completely. This is a false belief because it means that every other human being is somehow different than Jesus of Nazareth. I can't subscribe to that because I accept Paul's beautiful teaching that Jesus is "the first born fruits of the new humanity". He is the "new Adam". We all are able to become the new Adam through participation in this new humanity. Divinity is a quality of human experience which mystics comprehend and try to explain. It is impossible to explain because our human limits prevent us from understanding this beautiful truth. The trinity is the teaching that all humanity participates in divinity. Jesus revealed this wonderful truth to us and so we give him a very special place in the trinitarian framework. God became human. Human became God. The mystics know this and teach this because it is the truth. It is wonderful. It is fantastic. It is Good News indeed. I wish my fellow Christians could understand this truth without idolizing Jesus. Jesus doesn't want to be an idol.

    Bible-olatry is the heresy which claims that the Bible is dictated word for word by God and is totally free of error. I love the Bible but I also know imperfection and incompleteness when I see it. I see all sacred scripture as an advance in our human wisdom but not the final or complete word. Ultimately our authority for knowing God and knowing God's will is simply our experience, both individual and collective. No one individual can see the whole truth. No one community can see the whole truth. No one has a monopoly on truth.

    I am glad to be a progressive Christian totally open to the wisdom and insights I receive from the other wisdom traditions and from a variety of new movements of the Spirit.

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    + I just discovered the National Religious Coalition Against Torture which has developed an excellent statement and a petition to sign. Check it out.

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    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2006 + sunny, breezy, not too cold


    + We must work hard on the creation of a new global commitment to building a shared and sustainable abundance. The maldistribution of wealth is a huge part of the problem. Those with privilege and wealth are oppressing those with little or none.

    God heard the cries of the Israelites held captive in Egypt 3000 years ago and Moses led them out of this oppression. God's concern for the poor and oppressed has not changed. God is still leading us to become and more and more sensitive to their cries and more and more effective at addressing this huge global problem.

    The issue of the planet's wealth distribution should *not* be addressed mainly through tax reform. We need to regulate business so that the needs of all the people come before the needs of the very wealthy and privileged. How do we do this? By getting sober! That's right. We are an addicted society depleting the unrenewable resources of the whole planet at alarming rates and the wealthy and privileged are clearly the worst offenders. The wealthy and privileged need to see that what they are doing is wrong. How do we do this? Lots of prayer and meditation and love and humble and open and respectful dialogue. We need to demand that the wealthy and privileged stop ruining the planet for most of the people living on the planet now and in the future.

    Unfortunately, money doesn't just talk but it screams (as Bob Dylan said) and the struggle for a shared and sustainable abundance has not yet made much of a dent but those of us who have become aware of the crisis have no intention of surrendering to the selfish and greedy of the planet. What is happening is wrong and I for one will do everything I can to try to change this situation so that the abundance of the planet is both shared and sustainable.

    The top ten per cent or so on the planet have far more than they need, far more. The next twenty or so have about what they reasonably need. The rest are treated as though they do not deserve a reasonable share of the planet's abundance. This is wrong and must be changed. The top ten per cent need to get sober and stop this immoral depletion of the unrenewable resources of the planet. John Kerry, I'm talking to you! Ted Kennedy, I'm talking to you ... and Paris Hilton & Bush & Cheney and on and on it goes.

    Greed and selfishness are rapidly ruining our nation and our planet. Let's wake up and get to the hard work and the big changes necessary to save the planet and make it better. / The media is letting us down because the Media is owned and operated by these greedy and selfish people and the media personalities are examples of this greed and selfishness. They won't address the problem because they are addicted to their wealth and pleasure.

    But the common people of the planet are beginning to figure out how big the crisis is and who is responsible for it. I refuse to be discouraged. We shall overcome!

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    + Democracy Now! offers an interview with John Perkins, the author of CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN. Perkins is a major prophetic voice for a change in our global policies. He calls attention to how intricate and total the U.S. government and big corporation meddling and interference and domination has become in the economic and political affairs of most if not all of the nations on our planet.

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    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2006 + some snow showers; some sunshine; cold


    EMERGING KEY POINTS OF BOOK I'm writing -- I AM DOING A NEW THING NOW -- as of 2/10/06 >

    #1 - At the Burning Bush, God told Moses and all humanity a most important Divine Name: I AM. God challenged him to claim that name and use that power. At the Burning Bush, God gave Moses and all humanity a mission which remains incomplete: FREE THE PEOPLE. We are all called to claim the name of God as our own and to complete this holy mission. We all need to say something like this: “I am claiming God’s name and power and I am working to set all people free to enjoy all the wondrous, heavenly gifts of our creator, redeemer and sustainer." The gifts of our creator are abundance, joy and wisdom. The gifts of our redeemer are beauty, love and truth. The gifts of our sustainer are peace, justice and freedom. There are forces at work on our planet which are preventing these gifts from being received in the fullness God intends. We must work with each other to overcome these forces.

    #2 - I believe that God is now working with us to create a new kind of faith community which is quite different but deeply rooted in what all of the established religions are currently offering. I am deeply rooted in Christianity and often fall back on this tradition. I am also seeking wisdom from wherever I can find it and I urge all of humanity to be seekers of wisdom from all of the wisdom traditions of the planet as well as new movements of the Spirit including the New Age Movement. My name for this “new thing” I am doing and you are doing and we all are doing in the name of God is “the new church for the new age.” But I am definitely not interested in creating a new denomination or institution of any kind. Rather, I am reporting on and encouraging the continuing progress of a human community which already has formed in all kinds of ways. Many Christians are devoted to this progress. I identify myself with some Christians who have developed an 8 point list describing what “progressive Christians” believe

    #3 - All of the planet’s wisdom traditions have a common core of truth which has come down to the sages of the ages in mystical ways. This is called the Perennial Philosophy. The teachings of these great mystics have yet to be learned and applied by most of us. We must learn more. We must take this wisdom and practice, practice, practice until perfect.

    #4 - We are created as heavenly beings having some human experiences and not as human beings having some heavenly experiences. Purification practices are required in order for us to become fully aware of our true heavenly identity. In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, we claim that heaven is a here-and-now reality available here on earth at this time, at all times. In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray: “(Let) your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.”

    #5 - We have now begun to experience the Great Evolutionary Leap Forward (GELF). More and more of us are becoming aware of this amazing transformation of human consciousness. An important spokesperson for this amazing “new thing” God is doing is James Redfield, author of THE CELESTINE PROPHECY. He offers a fabulous vision and several key insights into our awakening as heavenly beings.

    #6 - Our planet will never know true peace and justice and security and sustainable abundance until we learn how to respect and appreciate the wisdom of other traditions. The great wisdom traditions of our planet are intermingling like never before and clashing sometimes violently. Tolerance and respect and appreciation followed by more and more integration is a must.

    #7 - Our planet is in danger due to our atrocious earthkeeping habits. The tasks of cleaning up our environment and establishing a sustainable economy are essential. There is no time to waste any more.

    #8 - Abundance is our creator’s gift to us. This gift can not be received fully unless and until we share this abundance freely with all creatures. It is not God’s will to offer the gift of abundance to only a small portion of the citizens of our planet. The cry for justice must be heard and heeded. The need for a sustainable and shared abundance must be recognized and embraced as a priority for our planet. Global and local political action is absolutely necessary for this to happen.

    #9 - I believe that the most important way for us to promote a sustainable and shared abundance is story sharing. I believe that every person’s story is important and needs to be told. I want you to know me. I want to know you. We all have important stories to tell, to share. We can all learn a new and better story as we tell and listen to many stories. I am eager to tell my story and I am eager to hear your story. My story is growing and changing with every paradigm shift of this New Age. My story, like your story, is an amazing journey of discovery. Will you join me on this amazing journey? I hope so. I seek to be as open as I can possibly be to all the fantastic possibilities of this glorious New Age. I have come to believe that we are participating in a process of human transformation which is exciting, challenging and, yes, at least a little scary. I have some ideas on how we can survive and thrive in this glorious New Age. I want to hear your ideas. I want to see us progress rapidly in this process of creating the new humanity, the new earth, the new heaven. “You may say that I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one.” Let’s dream and create together.


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    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2006 + snow showers


    + Why did President Bush finally say "we are addicted to oil"?

    Answer! Because he is becoming more and more aware of the failure of American foreign policy. Iran turned against us. Saudi Arabia is no sure thing. Venezuela has turned aginst us. Iraq may soon turn against us (again) as they elect religious zealots in the so-called democracy we have fought for over there. Ecuador has now turned against us, too. Nigeria is no sure thing. I think I have covered most of the known oil reserves in the world with that list.

    We either have to be convinced to enlarge our military even more than we already have (now more than half of the total military expenses of the whole planet) or we need to make it a national priority to develop alternative energy and reduce our use of oil by improving mass transit and by regulating the automobile industry so that it is forced to use the technology it already has developed to give us far more efficient automobiles. I am for the latter because I think it will create a cleaner environment, create jobs and, best of all, stop all the killing we have been doing around the planet. Even better, maybe we could get over the selfishness and greed which has dominated our culture in recent decades.

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    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2006 + partly sunny and not too cold (again); Phil saw his shadow in Punxatawney


    + I just discovered that the World Council of Churches is holding its' Ninth Assembly this month in Porto Alegre, Brazil. I love the theme: "God, in your grace, transform the world." A scriptural basis is Isaiah 65:17-25:

    "For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a life-time; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord - and their descendants as well. Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent - its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord."

    I will try to follow from a distance this important meeting of Christians from around the world.

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    + Alternet offers "The State of Our Values" by Maria Luisa Tucker. Like Maria Luisa Tucker, I had the opportunity to attend a Sojourners organized "State of our Values" meeting during the "State of the Union" address. Our group had similar reactions and similar frustrations and similar hopes and dreams for our nation and for our planet.

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    + Alternet offers "Crashing the Gate" by Jules Siegel & Cafe Cancun. They report about a book which helps to explain why the Democrats keep losing and what can be done to reverse the trend. I personally don't think the Democrats are the vehicle for our political salvation as long as they continue to cater to the interests of the privileged and powerful almost as much as the Republicans do.

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    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2006 + partly sunny and not too cold


    + Sojourners offers "What would Jesus do at Davos?" by Jim Wallis. Wallis is a devoted Christian promoting peace and justice. He participated in this year's World Economic Forum and has some profound reflections.

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    + In my endless pursuit of wisdom on the twelve practices leading to our awakening to our heavenliness, I have found some interesting web resources. These are particularly connected with the practices of stillness, detachment and humility which I see as the first of 4 stages of the awakening process:

  • WAHIDUDDIN'S WEB: TURNING
  • HESYCHASM
  • ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN MONASTICISM (1)
  • ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN MONASTICISM (2)
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    TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2006 + rain, snow, clouds, colder


    + The Witherspoon Society offers a new educational resource from More Light Presbyterians, " Biblical Views of Sexuality and Homosexuality" by Rev. Barbara Swartzel Anderson. More resources can be found at the More Light Presbyterians website.

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    + Democracy Now! offers "Gore Vidal Delivers State of the Union: 'Let the Powers That Be Know There is Something Called We the People of the U.S. and all Sovereignty Rests in Us'".

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    + Chuck Currie offers "Mrs. Coretta Scott King: 1927 - 2006" with biographical information from the King Center. He offers more links as well.

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    MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2006 + mild


    + Chuck Currie reminds us to keep praying for the four Christian Peacemaker Team members being held captive in Iraq.

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    + I agree with the Christian Right about one thing and that is that religion and politics do mix and must mix. Actually it was the Christian Left which taught me this in the 60s. A renewed Christian Left is now emerging as more and more of us realize we can't ignore politics especially when the planet is in such great danger.

    Gandhi said: “Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.” He also said: “A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.” Of course he taught a kind of politics which is quite profound since he is known as an apostle of non-violence and he led many important non-violent actions which helped to bring about the independence of India in 1947. He tried to end the horrible violence between Muslims and Hindus which caused millions of deaths and horrendous destruction in the late 40s. He was assassinated during this effort. Sometimes you have to die trying. He certainly wasn’t the only one. The list of such martyrs in the cause of peace and justice is massive. But try we must. Yes, we must try over and over and over again to create a realm where peace and justice overcome violence and injustice. Much has been accomplished. Much has yet to be done.

    And, so, I write about, blog about, talk about, participate in, political causes even while my main emphasis is spiritual formation, or religion. Politics is simply too important for anyone to ignore and authentic spiritual seekers know that as well as any one.

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    + I just found a whole lot of GANDHI QUOTES. Gandhi offers lot of wisdom and he challenges us as only prophets can.

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    THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2006 + snow showers


    + The Victory of Hamas in Palestine sure does make us think about democracy in the Middle East! I guess sometimes getting what you pray for leads to unanticipated events.

    Probably the best way to look at it is that they threw the bums out. As did the Canadian voters recently (turning Right) as did the German voters recently (turning Right) as did the Spanish voters recently (turning Left) as did about 5 South American nations in the past 5 years (turning Left). Right turns, Left turns. The voters keep moving us to the pragmatic Center. This is good. Very good.

    The amazingly peaceful election in Palestine can be seen as a beacon of hope. But we will have to actually listen to the people of Palestine who have spoken and want to be heard. If we just keep labeling them terrorists and refuse to listen, then we are saying that democracy is not our real goal in the Middle East. The Palestinians have real grievances which have not been addressed. They need to be heard. They need justice from the world, from Israel, from the United States.

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    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2006 + snow showers


    + PLANET EARTH, YEAR 2050
    by Traci Hukill, AlterNet
    An important report on the world's ecosystems says there is time to avert the worst consequences of global warming, if we start now.

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    TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2006 + sunny and cold in morning but cloudy and cold afternoon


    + Don't miss the documentary ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM which Rotten Tomatoes certifies as a "fresh tomato" (excellent movie) according to 97 per cent of all reviewers and is available now on DVD and VHS. Enron should be seen as a warning to all of us about greed and power and lust. As Lord Acton said: "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely."

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    MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2006 + mostly cloudy and mild


    + One of my favorite columnists and one of my favorite Texans is Molly Ivins. She often speaks for me. As of today you can find a regular link to her columns above at "MI." So, when Molly Ivins says she is giving up on the Democrats in favor of a new third party effort, my response is to sit up and listen carefully. Molly speaks for the many Americans who are getting more and more frustrated with the unwillingness of many Democrats to fight for issues which polls show are popular. These include ending the war, saving the environment, ending the big tax cuts for the rich, raising the minimum wage and creating a single-payer healthcare system.

    AlterNet offers "Why Hillary Won't Save Us" by Molly Ivins

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    FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2006 + mostly cloudy and mild


    + Many concerned Americans are asking: How can we continue to ignore the crisis of Global Warming? Common Dreams offers "Is It Warm in Here? We Could Be Ignoring the Biggest Story in Our History" by David Ignatius which was published on Wednesday as an Op-Ed piece by the Washington POST.

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    THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2006 + sunny and mild after yesterday's rain and snow and wind


    + The time has come to demand that our nation's leaders stop committing atrocities in the name of defeating terrorism. The Witherspoon Society offers "A declaration from the Conference on Human Rights and Torture" signed by many of our nation's religious leaders. They believe that the soul of our nation is at stake. So do I.

    The Witherspoon Society also links to a TruthOut article on the 2006 Human Rights Watch report which says that the US policy of abuse is undermining rights worldwide.

    We can, we must, do better than this. The whole world is watching.

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    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2006 + a lot of rain followed by a little snow


    + Chuck Currie offers "Beyond Viet Nam," a speech on 4/7/67 by Martin Luther King, Jr.. This speech is amazingly relevant to our situation. With all the gains he and the Civil Rights Movement had already accomplished, maybe King could have stopped being prophetic. Maybe not. He cries out eloquently for an America which really lives up to its ideals.

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    FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2006 + partly sunny and unseasonably mild (again) but winter is returning soon I hear


    + The Four Precepts Web Portal offers "The Liberated Heart" by Hazrat Inayat Khan . This article briefly explains some basic Sufi teachings. The Sufi Order is a mystical branch of Islam.

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    THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2006 + partly sunny and unseasonably mild (again) but winter is returning soon I hear


    + (Revised 1/13 due to author's personal reply telling me he revised article) + The new church for the new age is found in many places. It is found inside the established and traditional structures of the church -- Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, Reformed. It is found outside these structures. It is found in traditional and innovative communities of all kinds. It is found on the internet in an explosion of spiritual sharing like the world has never experienced before. One of the seminal thinkers of the new church for the new age is Diarmuid O'Murchu, the author of QUANTUM THEOLOGY. I just found an intriguing essay which presents some of O'Murchu's ideas along with ideas of others who have found a tremendous integration of science and spirituality through Quantum Mechanics and other new theories of science: "What Is Spirituality? Memetics, Quantum Mechanics, and the Spiral of Spirituality" by Caleb Rosado. Reading this essay will require some serious brain work!

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    + The Four Precepts Web Portal offers "A Galactic Fairy Tale" by Michael Lightweaver. This article is a playful plea for us to remember who we really are, not our individual, separated bodies but our united, collective soul.

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    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2006 + partly sunny and unseasonably mild (again)


    + TomPaine offers an important article published by The GUARDIAN (London): "Our final goal must be to offer a global new deal" by Gordon Brown. Excerpt: "We will be judged on how we deliver the resources to prove that making poverty history was not a passing fashion.". Brown is the number two leader of the Labor Party of the UK. Prime Minister Tony Blair and his government are advocating that we all give priority to a policy of making poverty history. I would like to see our government support this effort wholeheartedly. Yes! Let's make poverty history ASAP.

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    + Chuck Currie offers "Anti-Defamation League Wrong To Attack United Church Of Christ". Chuck does an outstanding job (I have written that before!) of showing how the pro-Israel interests are, once again, distorting the policies and practices of Christians who are working for peace and justice for both the Palestinians and the Israelis.

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    + Caroline Myss offers an introduction to the sacred contract of America as first promoted by our first President, George Washington. I really appreciate this effort to clarify our nation's purpose at a time when religious dominionists, I believe, are seriously distorting that purpose.

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    + What am I blogging about? Every once in a while I need to take a look at what I am doing here in cyberspace. Hopefully I am promoting heaven on earth with the awareness that we have made a lot of progress in our evolution so far and that we still have a long, long way to go. I wonder if most people on the planet would emphasize that we have a long way to go rather than that we have made a lot of progress.

    Jesus prayed: "Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven." So, I believe I am authorized as a Christian and, more importantly, as a human being, to work on this project day after day, year after year, minute after minute. On my website and blog I am seeking to point out the people and organizations which are getting the job done and, also, people and organizations which seem to be standing in the way of progress.

    Beyond that, I offer my own ideas, practices, visions, dreams, hopes, strategies, tactics. I hope I am helping the cause. I believe this cause is God's cause and we are all called to work on it as faithfully and effectively as we can. On with the show! Namaste! God bless you! Let it be!

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    + Spirituality & Health offers an extensive listing of the best spiritual books of 2005. There are many good reading suggestions on this list. Don't miss it!

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    TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2006 + partly sunny and unseasonably mild


    + Here are some important links on the movement to establish peace one day. The idea (now endorsed by the United Nations) is that all the nations of the world agree to a cease fire for one day. That day is September 21. It was first observed in 2002. It is gathering momentum as the years go by. Hopefully it will really happen on September 21, 2006. Or maybe 2007. Or 2008. Or in my lifetime. Or in your lifetime. Or in your great grandchild's life time. Or ...

  • LINK TV PAGE ON THE DOCUMENTARY: PEACE ONE DAY. I was brought to tears and motivated to action by this powerful documentary when I saw it on LINK TV on Saturday. Get a copy and show it widely!
  • PEACE ONE DAY
  • PEACE ONE DAY & ACIM. The song "We Rise" will play as you scroll down this page.
  • WE RISE
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    THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2006 + twelfth day of Christmas + cloudy with some rain showers expected to change to snow showers


    + Chuck Currie offers "The Religious Right Abandons The Poor". Chuck does an outstanding job of showing how the good news of Christ is connected to politics but not in the way the religious right does it. A Congress which makes sure all the entitlements for the rich and middle class keep growing at the expense of the poor is not conducting government as Christ or Moses or other wise spiritual leaders would do it. We can do better than this!

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    TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2006 + cloudy after some rain but not the freezing rain which had been predicted


    + ALTERNET offers a new blog by Scott Ritter who has considerable expertise on US policies in the Middle East and elsewhere. In his first entry he analyzes the current situation in Iraq and makes predictions for the new year.

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