Posted on 24. May, 2014 by admin.
The Seven Sorrowful Mysteries of Stuff
Young Adults, Consumerism and the Uncluttered Soul: The Seven Sorrowful Mysteries of Stuff
This article is about stuff and young adults. First, it’s about stuff – what we buy and sell, what we collect and store, what we pitch and toss away. It’s about what piles up in our closets, what pokes out from under our beds and hides in our basements, what gets stored in our garages and what gets buried and made invisible in our landfills. Something is changing dramatically in our relationship to stuff and in our image of ourselves because of the stuff we use and throw away. Our obsession with stuff makes it easy to treat people like stuff and to traffic people like stuff. So, I want to talk theologically about stuff.
This article is also about young adults and how stuff affects them. I am referring to the so-called Mosaic generation, between the ages of 18 and 29. They are an amazing but largely unrecognized group of adults who are not only different from the generations that preceded them but are, as one author noted, “discontinuously different.” This is the generation that is developing dramatically new attitudes and different practices in almost every area of life, including religion.
Mosaics are the first generation to live with the volume and velocity of unprecedented technological, social, cultural, religious, economic and psychological change. They are not like Boomers and even Gen X’ers who are always catching up to change. This is the generation that has seismic change in its DNA. Because of this, they have perspectives, attitudes and concerns that are distinct to them.
And for that reason, they have a discreet attitude towards social justice that is often underappreciated. It is my thesis that they are developing a prophetic imagination with filters that allow them to see what is happening in politics and what is affecting our relationships to one another and to the planet in a powerfully new way. But, their prophetic imagination is not impacting the Church as fully as it could and should. And that is the case for several reasons.
To begin with, this is the first generation of young people that is decidedly “unreligious.”…
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Posted on 01. May, 2014 by admin.
What is the Equitable Food Initiative?
“The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) is a new project that brings together workers, growers and retailers in the effort to produce better fruits and vegetables. As produce farms comply with the EFI Standard—for improved working conditions, pesticide management, and food safety—the entire food system sees benefits, all the way from farm workers to consumers.”
How are we involved?
“As a consumer, you are a vital link in the food chain–bringing fresh fruit and vegetables into your home and your diet. Your food decisions make a difference in how produce is grown, harvested and sold: if you demand better practices, you can make a difference.”
For more information and to learn how to take action, visit the Equitable Food Initiative website.
Posted on 25. Apr, 2014 by admin.
From TheGuardian.com by Lizzy Davies
Pope Francis says human trafficking is ‘a crime against humanity’
At the end of a two-day meeting, organised by the bishops’ conference of England and Wales and chaired by the archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Pope Francis met privately with four women, all former sex workers who were the victims of trafficking.
In his address, the Argentinian pontiff said: “Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity.”
Attended by the home secretary, Theresa May, as well as Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the commissioner of the Metropolitan police, the conference was designed to encourage cooperation between the Catholic church and law enforcement officials on the ground.
The pope’s backing for the project was invaluable, said Hogan-Howe, not only for the moral stance it would send and the network of 1.2 billion Catholics it would reach but also for his sheer pulling power.
“If I’d asked 20 police chiefs from Thailand [and] Australia to travel to London, they may have, but I can guarantee that if the pope shows his interest, people will be interested. And that leadership is so powerful,” he said.
The pope’s backing of the conference could help move human trafficking up the agenda of governments throughout the world, added Hogan-Howe. “Apart from its mere statement, it encourages governments to pass laws. It seems to me that by making such a declaration it encourages governments to take this as a very high priority.”
The conference heard that only 1% of human trafficking victims currently come forward and the church believes it can play an important role in providing sanctuary for them, as well as support in reintegration, regularisation and psychological recovery.
Participants of the conference have dubbed themselves the Santa Martha group because many were accommodated in the Vatican guesthouse, or Casa Santa Marta, where the pope lives. They have agreed to meet again, in London, in November, said Nichols.
Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by admin.
Take action to implement an immediate moratorium following the execution by suffocation of Dennis McGuire on January 16, 2014. Experimental executions must not proceed, and the public and Ohio’s legislature need time to review and pass legislation related to the upcoming recommendations of the Joint Task Force created to study the administration of Ohio’s capital punishment system. For more information and to take action, click here.
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Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by admin.
Help us a bring a nationwide halt to the executions! Enough is enough. We have seen time and again how the death penalty fails us. It’s time for change. Sign on today to halt all executions nationwide.
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Help save the 234 schoolgirls from Forced Child Marriage — tell Nigerian President Jonathan to:
- Act immediately on intelligence received from credible local sources;
- Work with neighbouring countries Cameroon and Chad as well as other nations offering assistance to mount an effective search for the girls; and
- Improve the protection of schools in north-eastern Nigeria so children can receive an education without risk of kidnapping, forced marriage or other abuses.
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Endorsement is open to leaders of all organizations: international, national, faith-based and secular. By endorsing the Global Freedom Network, you affirm that your organization shares a vision for a world free of slavery. For more information and to endorse the initiative, click here!
“Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry where perpetrators profit from the control and exploitation of others. While it can be found during the Super Bowl, it can also be found at motorcycle rallies in South Dakota, in the fields of Florida, in gangs in California, and in brothels in Washington, D.C. It’s modern slavery, and it affects every corner of the country.” For more information and to take action, click here.
“Homeless teens. Kids in foster care. Young adults who run away from abusive group homes. Minor sex trafficking victims have had contact, often multiple times, with a child welfare system not always prepared to help them (see below for statistics). This bill helps use existing resources to better serve these vulnerable youth.” For more information and to take action, click here.
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“Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star “Polaris” that guided slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally.”
“The Global Modern Slavery Directory is a growing, publicly searchable database of more than 770 organizations and hotlines working on human trafficking and forced labor. With over 120 countries represented, the Directory will better enable service providers, law enforcement, policy makers, and advocates to both identify modern slavery organizations in specific countries and determine what services are or are not provided in a region.”