A version of the Religion & Ethics Newsweekly report about trafficked women — into forced marriage or prostitution — from Vietnam into China was repeated tonight on the PBS Newshour.
A good review of a bitter case of modern slavery, with a few hopeful signs, which you may view or review here.
This small 1865 American Unitarian Association assortment of rousing songs and Bible readings (arranged for unison or responsive reading, and with headings like “Those who turn from Holiness are condemned”) isn’t explicitly for Union soldiers, but songs like “Arise, New-England’s Sons!” and “The Massachusetts Line” weren’t likely to appeal to Johnny Reb.
The Soldier’s Companion: Dedicated to the Defenders of Their Country in the Field by Their Friends at Home.
A must-watch report from Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.
I was ready to see reminders of the horrors, but the acts of reconciliation were unexpectedly disarming and humbling.
For more detail and a transcript, click here.
Certain churches (as in denominations) attract my attention as an observer. What I suppose each of them has in common in marginality: being on the edge of culture, the edge of a theological spectrum, the edge of extinction or the like. But that’s not to treat them like playthings. Something can be learned from people “on the edge” and particularly if their faith keeps them, not marginalized, but in the middle of things.
I put the British Orthodox Church, a small autonomous Oriental Orthodox jurisdiction under the Coptic OrthodoxPatriarch, of Alexandria, in parallel to the Coptic jurisdiciton in the UK. In its own words,
Our mission is to the people of the British Isles, and whilst being Orthodox in our faith and practice we remain British in our ethos with a deep appreciation of the Orthodox heritage of these islands.
I’m more interested in how they operate, and the ethos they bring to their work, than the specifics of their theology or liturgy. I wrote a bit about them in 2012:
And good news: the Windsor mission I wrote about then in ongoing with prayers once a month.
Mt. Auburn Cemetery is well known as the nation’s first “garden cemetery” which, though now the norm, contrasted with the gloomy church yard or burial ground. But Mt. Auburn does it better than any I’ve seen and there lies the mortal remains of many a famous Universalist and Unitarian.
I joined dear friends, also Unitarian Universalist ministers, Hank Peirce and Adam Tierney-Eliot, there on March 17 to visit a just a couple of luminaries and brave the late-winter ice.
Hosea Ballou’s grave
Fanny Farmer is buried here with family.
John Murray’s grave, protected by ice.
Adam Tierney-Eliot (left) and Hank Peirce with token Unitarian, William Ellery Channing
To my dear Southern friends, family and readers:
A once-in-a-generation snow and ice storm is coming in on you. You have plenty of bread and milk (right?) but now face Internet-free boredom.
My suggestion? Put the Pocket app on every mobile device you have. Then add the plug-in for your browser and store as many interesting webpages — might I suggest this blog? — you can. You’ll have them even when the Internet goes down. More entertainment value than the weather-band radio. (Which you should have, too.)
I also use Pocket as a scrapbook to come back to stories I want learn more about, or write on. I also use it for in-flight (and on-train) entertainment.
Also, are your power lines prone to come down? Stay off your laptop. Save the battery to charge your phone instead. Stay safe.
Those who follow international news know that Romanians and Bulgarians are now able to enter the United Kingdom legally.
Hateful and xenophobic screeds notwithstanding, little has changed no far, except those who have taken advantage of undocumented labor can no longer abuse workers with impunity. London is not swimming in people from southeastern Europe. But that’s not to say there’s not a critical mass.
Surely my dear readers know that most of the Unitarians in Europe are Hungarian-speaking Transylvanians; that is, Romanian citizens.
So I wonder has there ever been, or has anyone ever intend to (or hoped to) create a ministry to accommodate our religious kindred, should they come to the United Kingdom? And if so is there any plan for the larger community to help?
These are honest questions. I would love to hear from someone who knows.
Source: NASA JPL
Just a boy 36 fears ago when the Voyager spacecrafts went into space — and still a lad for the first Star Trek film and the Cosmos television series which made significant references to it – I was wistful to hear that it’s agreed that Voyager 1 has left the solar system.
Go, Voyager, and take your message of Earth, on the golden record, to the stars!
In case you missed it …
read “A Homeless Man and His BlackBerry” by Kat Ascharya.
For more on the subject, see ”How Smartphones Throw the Homeless a Lifeline” by Margaret Rock.
I’m not a big fan of techo-utopianism, but these article make a good case for seeing that vulnerable and homeless people have access to powerful, modern phones.
I’ve not bothered to see if Hurricane Sandy has degraded to a tropical storm (or been upgraded in colliding with that winter storm) because all evidence is that it’s terribly fierce. I hear the wind, rain and sirens of emergency vehicles.
But we’re better off than the Jersey Shore; remember its people and our beloved Murray Grove in prayer.
I wrote about hurricanes in 2003 and you can find some resources there.