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How to Fight Terrorism

My heart goes out to the people in London who lost loved ones, those who's lives have been interrupted and first responders who will be traumatized by the images. It is outrageous that so few  can  destroy so many. The appetite for revenge is primal but revenge will not solve this problem.

So how can we fight that instinct to keep blowing up the blown apart?  Invest in peaceful, healing initiatives that make violence redundant.

1. Invest in mental health services to give those at risk the help they need before their illness isolates them from society.

2. Re-establish the primary needs of people - shelter, nutritious food, education, living wages and time for family.

3. Support families by providing health services, family planning, women's reproductive education.

4. Sex education that covers the real experiences of young men and women on top of the scientific knowledge about human sexuality.

5. Encourage children to develop a social conscience by listening to what they think,…
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About Humanity

"A chosen people is the opposite of a master race, first, because it is not a race but a covenant; second because it exists to serve God, not to master others. A master race worships itself, a chosen people worships something beyond itself. A master race believes it has rights; a chosen people knows only that it has responsibilities." Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Not in God's Name, Schocken, New York. 2015.

As someone who does not identify as a chosen people or part of a master race, I ruminate about how to respond to the world, particularly that part of the world I cannot endorse. So I am comforted by the people who have taken on ministry and who feel responsible enough to care for community.

How do I act on a feeling of responsibility without assuming that I know what other people should do, or what we should do? It's very easy to slip into a political preaching that suggests I know, or that my being a good example means that others should follow it. Or worse yet, create…

Are We Redundant?

When men and women support movements of hate, such as white supremacists, anti-immigrant groups of Brexit and Europe, the Nazi's of the 1930's, the Spanish Inquisition of the 15th Century, and witch-hunts all over the world - is that because we are desperately trying to shake off the feeling that we are redundant?

Is the absolute focus on the economy a sign that humanity has been replaced by a mathematical construct?

Is the invention of endless enemies really about culling a species that has over-populated the earth and the reason we can't deal with our own part in climate change because we cannot face the notion we are culpable for the problems we created?
What I'm talking about here is that mass of  a privileged humanity who have not had to prove themselves in any public way but who understand that "we" are included in the narrative.   The ones who spend a lot of time thinking about right and wrong but whose survival is not dependant on making the moral ch…

Four-Day Literary Festival Feature The Best In BC Writers

NANAIMO - The Federation of British Columbia Writers is hosting a four-day spring festival in Nanaimo April 27-30that will bring Giller Prize nominees and top BC writing talent to the city. The theme of the festival is “The Stories That Find Us” a diverse exploration of what compels writers  to write what they write and tell what they tell.🌱🌱🌱
The festival’s affordable schedule includes a wide range of fun events that will appeal to writers of all abilities and genres. From master classes to workshops, evenings of gala entertainment, a day-long poetry retreat, indigenous story-telling and drumming, a Saturday publishing fair, blue pencil sessions with authors, scheduled writer hangouts, sidewalk games that include an intriguing poetry “treasure hunt” -- the list goes on.


Scheduled writers:poet, novelist and Giller Prize nominee Steven Pricetwo-time Giller Prize nominee Kathy PageCanada Reads finalist and 2011/12 MacEwan Book of the Year winner Angie Abdounovelist Jennifer Manuel (wh…

Beyond Politics of Anger - Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

"Hope is not optimism. It begins with a candid acknowledgment on all sides of how bad things actually are." So says Rabbi Jonathan Sacks after the election of Trump.

Sometimes I feel I am drowning in the weight of hopelessness, a global system that has thrown humanity under the economic bus. But we need a prophetic voice that looks beyond this moment to a future we can invest in.

Jonathan Sacks provides a wisdom that brings us to where we are now and reminds us of a way through."We need a new economics of capitalism with a human face."

This is the crux of leadership - to not choose contempt for humanity, to not sink into a worship of power that has been extracted from humanity, to not strip the tears, pain and flesh off the world and lock up the gold.

"We have seen bankers and corporate executives behaving outrageously, awarding themselves vast payments while the human cost has been borne by those who can afford it least. We have heard free-market economics in…

Local Wisdom, Local Poets, March 23

đź–‹ Literacy Central Vancouver Island đź–‹are hosting an evening“Celebrating 8 Local Authors” Readings and discussions on Thursday, March 23rd 5:00pm – 7:00pm Choose your authors at:

5:00pm
 Barrie Farrell, Carol Matthews, Guy Dauncey, 
Naomi Wakan

6:00pm  Peter McMullan, Brian Harvey, Lynda Archer, 
Debbie Marshall
Downtown Nanaimo 19 Commercial Street $5.00 admission – appies and juice provided Come and support our fabulous local writers!

Global Chalice Lighting

EnglishWe light this chalice in union with those who are suffering because of their belief, of poverty, sickness, unemployment, persecution, exile, prison; for the absent, those who are dying, to those who are burdened by work. May love, joy and peace reign in the world and may freedom and tolerance be our virtues.by Uwayisaba Clement from the Rwanda Unitarian Church
KinyarwandaDucanye uru rumuri twifatanije n’abantu bose bababaye kubera bazira ukwemera kwabo, kubera ubukene, kubera indwara, kubera uburwayi, kubura akazi, gutotezwa, ubuhunzi no kuba imfungwa. Bababajwe no kubura ababo, abari mu bihe bya nyuma n’abandi baremerewe n’akazi; Urukundo, ibyishimo n’amahoro biganze mu isi yose, kwishyira ukizana n’ubworoherane biturange. FrenchNous allumons ce calice en union avec ceux et celles qui souffrent  a cause de leur croyance, de la pauvretĂ©, maladie, chĂ´mage, persĂ©cution, exil, prison;  pour les absents, les agonisants, ceux et celle qui sont accablĂ©s par le travail; Puisse l’amour,…