Wednesday, September 30
Shadow

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Daily Practice 2017.09.25 – What will you bring into the light today?

Daily Practice 2017.09.25 – What will you bring into the light today?

Meditation Today (and until September 30th), I will be sharing inspiration from our sibling publication, The BeZine. Our issue this month is a pre-quel to our big event, 100,000 Poets for Change - a worldwide event of local poets and artists coming together to share their creations on peace, sustainability, and social justice. We will be holding a virtual event at The BeZine. You can read more about it here. Today, I'm inspired by W. H. Auden's Refugee Blues. Auden's Refugee Blues is specifically about the Jews and Nazi Germany/Hitler. However, it is eerily reminiscent of the way we treat refugees today. I wonder if we zipped out undocumented immigrant and zipped in refugee...would it make a difference in our discourse? Say this city has ten million souls, Some are living in mansions...
Mass Murder and the Incredible Shrinking God

Mass Murder and the Incredible Shrinking God

Atheism, Christianity, citizenship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God, Grief, Guns, hate, Islam, nonviolence, Pain and Suffering, peace and justice, Politics, prayer, Rationality, Religion, secularism, sorrow, Theology, violence
OK … full disclosure … I don’t get it. I mean … I.   Just.   Don’t.   Get.   It.  I am writing this on 3 December the day after 14 people were shot and killed in San Bernardino, CA, by two people whose motivation, as of this writing, is as yet unclear. Well … life is full of mysteries, isn’t it? But here is one more. In the wake of the shooting, various members of Congress – all Republican, as far as I know, though party affiliation is utterly beside the point, so please … save yourself the trouble of providing partisan counter-examples – various members of Congress issued public statements … actually publicity statements … piously assuring the victims’ families and friends that their (the Congress members’) “prayers are with you in this difficult time” (or words to that effect). To...
Welcome to the First-Ever Victim-Blaming Olympics!

Welcome to the First-Ever Victim-Blaming Olympics!

Challenge, conflict, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Fear, First Amendment, Freedom, hate, Ideology, Islam, monotheism, Religion, Speak out, Spirituality, Tolerance, violence
Could we please take a time out from the opening ceremonies of the First-Ever Post-Terrorist-Attack Victim-Blaming Olympics in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre? Good … I think we’ll all feel better … especially if we use the breathing space to take a healthy swig of Gatorade, to recover our sense of rationality, and to recalibrate our moral compasses. Both latter qualities have been in dismayingly short supply lately – and, most dismayingly of all, among people who would describe themselves with various terms like “progressive,” “liberal,” and “left-wing.” Let’s remember in particular who the victims were and who the perpetrators were: (1) the victims were the 12 people working for Charlie Hebdo -- plus another 4 to 6 bystanders -- who were exercising their rights, under French law,...