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Protect the Grand Canyon’s Watershed

Posted on 23. Oct, 2016 by .

canyons_wallpapers_379The Center for Biological Diversity is calling for messages to be sent to President Obama, urging him to designate the Great Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument before he leaves office. This would effectively protect the Grand Canyon, and the greater Colorado River watershed — including such Native American tribes as the Hualapai, Havasupai, as well as millions more people downstream, and a grand diversity of magnificent wildlife, all of whom depend on the river for drinking water — from the ravages of uranium mining, and other environmental assaults, such as old growth logging. Please write President Obama!


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World News This Week In Prayer: October 21, 2016

Posted on 22. Oct, 2016 by .


Once again, Lord, the voice of the prophets remains strikingly relevant through the centuries.  Joel 2:24-25a reminds us that:

The threshing floors shall be full of grain,

the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.

I will repay you for the years

that the swarming locust has eaten.

As we pray for people who are victims of atrocities in Mosul, Iraq, Aleppo, Syria; and in Yemen, these words reveal the potential of these lands.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We pray for the people of Thailand, mourning their King and awaiting a new leader; for the people of Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, having elected a new Bosnian Serb mayor; and for the people of the US, awaiting their chance to elect a new president.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We pray for rescue and relief for those caught in floods in central Vietnam, the Iberian Peninsula, and Tenerife, Spain following prolonged droughts; for those being hit by typhoons in the Philippines; for those dealing with the aftermath of hurricane Matthew in Haiti, the US, and Canada; for those affected by damaging winds on the west coast of the US and Canada; and for those in areas of the US and South Africa where record high temperatures are causing record-breaking droughts.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We give thanks for our imagination:

For the rescue and repair of a Kiwi egg, using just masking tape, to help save and support this endangered species in New Zealand; for the jungle school for rescued orangutans in Indonesia; and for gleaning feedback initiatives – collecting food rejected or wasted by supermarkets and farms and redistributing it to people in need – which are occurring throughout the UK, the US, and Spain.

These remind us that however much WE have caused the problems of warring nations and environmental destruction, YOU, O Lord, have given us the imagination and creative skill to start repairing the damage, allowing the environment to heal and our human generosity to overcome our greed.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

And let our cry come to you.  Amen

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All 2016 American Nobel Laureates are Immigrants

Posted on 22. Oct, 2016 by .


In a year in which Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is proposing a crackdown on immigration, all six of the 2016 American Nobel laureates announced to date are immigrants.
“I think the resounding message that should go out all around the world is that science is global,” Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, one of three laureates in chemistry, told The Hill on Monday.
Stoddart, born in Scotland, credited American openness with bringing top scientists to the country. He added, however, that the American scientific establishment will only remain strong “as long as we don’t enter an era where we turn our back on immigration.”

Stoddart said the United States should be “welcoming people from all over the world, including the Middle East.”

Stoddart naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2011, but said he would likely not vote on Nov. 8.

“I find it very difficult to handle the situation and certainly don’t have much time to think about it between now and December when I go to Stockholm,” said Stoddart, a researcher at Northwestern University, who won the prize in chemistry in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Bernard Feringa, French and Dutch researchers. They won their prize for “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.”

Trump has focused his campaign on immigration and the revocation of free trade deals, targeting globalization as a movement that “has left millions of our workers with nothing but poverty and heartache.” The billionaire has proposed strengthening immigration laws and “extreme vetting” of potential immigrants from countries with a history of terrorism.

“It’s particularly pertinent to have these discussions in view of the political climate on both sides of the pond at the moment,” said Stoddart. “I think the United States is what it is today largely because of open borders.”

Stoddart added that political leaders today are not “people of the times.”

“I’m kind of exasperated with the level of politics in this country and my old country,” he said. “I would be excited about voting if I was in Germany. Chancellor Merkel is a qualified chemist.”

Duncan Haldane, the English Princeton University researcher who won the prize for physics, described the immigration process as a “bureaucratic nightmare for many people” in an interview with The Hill.

The prize in physics was awarded to three British immigrants, Haldane, David Thouless of Yale University and Michael Kosterlitz of Brown University.

Despite procedural challenges, the scientists believe the American educational system will continue attracting researchers from all over the world.

“I think the higher education system in the US is second to none. As far as science is concerned, as close to perfect as one could hope it to be,” said Stoddart.

Haldane said top scientists come to the United States because of its research-friendly funding system.

“There’s a tradition of funding very fundamental research without regard for it being ‘useful,’” said Haldane.

The Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Oliver Hart of Harvard University and Bengt Holmström of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, British and Finnish immigrants, respectively.

The Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi for his research on cell replication, and the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his efforts to end the country’s 52-year civil war.

The 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced on Thursday.

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Send a Postcard to Macy’s and Kohl’s

Posted on 22. Oct, 2016 by .


The Human Thread campaign is looking for assistance in a postcard campaign to support fair trade clothing in two large store chains. Between now and Black Friday (Nov. 25), postcards are being sent to the CEOs of Macy’s and Kohl’s in support of a living wage at the sites where our clothes are made.

Visit the Human Thread website where you can download and print these postcards. For more information on bulk ordering postcards, email the campaign manager.

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World News This Week In Prayer: October 14, 2016

Posted on 17. Oct, 2016 by .


Pray without ceasing…Becoming more infused with the nature and Spirit of God as we pray… Taking on the attributes of God as we become one with him beyond our earthly limits of time and space…

Lord as Jacob (Israel) struggled and demanded a blessing from his opponent at Peniel, may we persist and demand your gifts for all who suffer including ourselves. With broken hearts we uphold the terrified, traumatized children and people of Aleppo, Syria being bombed, starved, and deprived of food, medicine, and safety. We pray that our political leaders will find the backbone and determination to confront and stop the inhumanity of this internecine civil war.

Prince of Peace, let your peace vanquish the evil let loose in your world on your people.

Violence takes so many forms, whether trolling online, sexual harassment daily of women in Morocco; in fact, throughout your world even in schools in the UK and USA; the denigration of anyone who is different from what the abusers claim is ‘normal,’ when even a US Presidential candidate could boast of sexual assault on women. We pray for those too who are threatened and even killed because of their sexual orientation.

Loving God, your merciful love is wider and deeper than we can ever imagine. Free us to be channels of that love where we are.

We pray for the millions of silent marchers in Maharashtra, India over the past 6-weeks highlighting the need for equality of opportunity and an end to cronyism and corruption depriving the Dalits and Tribal people of justice and freedom.

We give thanks for the $5 a month health scheme in Kenya offering the chance of medical treatment formerly beyond most Kenyans.

We give thanks for those working to alleviate the suffering of millions from the hurricanes ravaging Latin America, the Caribbean, and parts of the USA;  the starvation and destitution and lack of medical care in so many countries from Venezuela, Yemen, Iraq and millions of refugees throughout the world. We pray for those children struggling to survive in refugee camps and avoid being sold into child marriage or sex trafficking. Let us cry out loud that the hundreds of children who could be reunited with relatives settled in countries like the UK can be moved quickly from the ‘jungle camp’ in Calais, France, before it is demolished at the end of the year.

Risen Lord Jesus, who came to your friends when all their hope was gone: come to us in the dark times. Come to those who despair, that they may feel your risen presence in their hearts.

Give light to those who sit in darkness. Cast down those who perpetrate violence and evil. Forgive our weakness and fear and help us remember you have given us a spirit of courage. Guide our way into the way of peace making and peace brokering.

Help us to live our faith, and express your love in our lives in all we do.  AMEN.

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