Never a win unless Love is within

We never truly win without love within. A victory achieved with might or hate is a short-lived, shallow victory.  Love is a vital element of our future, and seems to be in short supply in our current divisiveness. Love is not just something that happens when you are attracted to someone. When we come from a […]

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Conflict Transformation

Conflicts present a chance to grow…      to build relationships…. John Lederach1 teaches: Conflict transformation is to envision and respond to the ebb and flow of social conflict as life-giving opportunities for creating constructive change processes that reduce violence, increase justice in direct interaction and social structures, and respond to real-life problems in human […]

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Love America, Defend America

How can you say you Love your country if you have disdain for a large portion of your fellow citizens? How can we disagree with someone’s ideas or beliefs without hating who they are as a fellow human being? And what do we do about the disagreements? What if we feel threatened by the political […]

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Having compassion

During the next four years, something will happen that will make Donald Trump look as though he let down the American people. It happened to President Obama, such as Benghazi, the IRS Tea Party investigations, and the NSA surveillance revelations. There have also been senior administration officials who misbehaved in office. Such incidents occur in […]

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How could they vote for…..????

Sometimes, in the midst of partisan attacks, you can’t believe that anyone could support the “other” side. How could they support {the other candidate}??? The real question is, have you *really* tried to understand what the “other” side fears? What are their concerns? How have they lost under the present system? There have been many lies […]

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We must be the Good in the world

“Good” and “Evil” are not some mysterious forces “out there” that come and afflict us. God and the devil are not in some big battle for our souls or the universe. We have free will, and with free will comes the possibility that people will act in egregious ways. James Luther Adams wrote “we deny the […]

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Wonderful to see…

…when an 18-year-old woman understands why terrorism exists… when so many others do not seem to get it… Malala Yousafzai says “If we want to end terrorism, we need to bring quality education so we defeat the mindset of terrorism mentality and of hatred.” When asked about the rhetoric of the presidential election, she said:   […]

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When the oppressed become oppressors…

Oppression is a violation of human rights. No person has the right to act in a way that is intended to make others fearful of them. No one has the right to deny others the freedoms expressed in our Constitution. The white supremacists who gathered at Stone Mountain on April 23, 2016, have despicable views on […]

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How lost and scared…?

How lost and scared to you need to be to see a politician as a savior? Many people state a dissatisfaction with politicians. Could it be that the dissatisfaction is with some bigger part of life, such as feeling left behind by the educational or economic systems, and the expectation that a particular politician can […]

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