In a surprising move on December 17, President Obama announced that the United States would begin normalizing relations with Cuba following the release of American contractor Alan Gross, who had been imprisoned in Cuba for five years. President Obama addressed Americans explaining that relations between the US and Cuba would be restored and travel and trade would be opened. Continue reading →
“Just Reflecting” features a variety of blogs and bloggers discussing various social justice topics that we encounter in our daily lives, whether it be within our communities or own families.
Ever wonder what happened to civility in the United States? Television programs that focus on current political and social issues involve commentators and guests constantly interrupting each other. No one has the opportunity to finish a sentence. Political dialogue among elected officials has become political diatribe, deteriorating into toxic partisan posturing. Continue reading →
Attending the School of the Americas (SOA) demonstration has been an important part of my schedule for the last ten years. Motivated by a faith that moves me to treat others as I want to be treated, this was a natural response. As a citizen of the United States, I am complicit in economic and military oppression toward God’s people all over the globe, especially the poor and vulnerable. My commitment to gospel values means that I must do my part, however small, to build God’s justice where I am called and show the oppressed they are loved. It is well documented that the SOA teaches terrorism, assassination and torture. A yearly presence is my expression of hope and solidarity in a very dark world. We have the sure hope that God will grant the grace of conversion to all responsible. Continue reading →
Surely, we think, there will always be enough water. We are the Blue Planet. Our water is one water system, created 4.5 billion years ago when the rainfall of a variety of liquids established themselves as turbulent seas on our cooling planet. However, the reality is that only 3% is fresh water and most of that is inaccessible. Less than 1% is available for human use. Continue reading →
By now, for most people in this country, the issue of climate change (less accurately referred to as “global warming”) has become an accepted reality. Despite the sometimes virulent dismissals by some whose extreme views or vested interests would deny that we humans are causing significant change to our global environment by our activities and lifestyle, the greater majority of people acknowledge that we are faced with the issue of climate change. No longer are there just the few environmentalists calling for awareness, but the scientific community, the United Nations, and governments everywhere are calling for practical solutions to this urgent problem that faces all who claim Earth as home. Continue reading →