Monthly archives for July, 2006

Paine on Counterintuitive Peacemaking

"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for it he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself." Thomas Paine

“Losing My Religion”

By David Ramos One summer, years ago, I remember going to this club at Ramey Base in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico called Cocomo’s with my little nephew. What the club lacked in size it more than made up with an outstanding DJ and no cover charge. I sat at a table and waxed philosophical as the…

Film to Address HIV/AIDS in the Latino Community and Church

Dear co-laborer in the Lord’s vine, The world just passed the 25th anniversary of the first reported case of HIV/AIDS. Still, after a quarter-century of battling what many call "the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time," the stigma attached to AIDS remains and the epidemic has yet to let up after infecting more than 65…

NYC Emergent Cohort

Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting with the NYC Emergent cohort led by Jeff Kursonis.  About ten of us gathered at Origins where we discussed the lost art of listening as well as how the Emergent dialogue has created spaces of discussion that transcend denomination, ethnicity, and other categories.  Over crackers and cheese we…

Soul Rest

“You made our hearts for thee, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.” Augustine

Picking up the Tab

"A nation that can provide more than $300 billion for a war in Iraq can provide the money to get its people out of Lebanon." Rep. Nancy Pelosi responding to the suggestion that Americans being evacuated from Lebenon be charged the costs of transportation.

This Present Darkness

"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars…Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."                                                                                         …

English Only?

By David del Valle When francophone Canadians of Quebec went to the polls a number of years ago to vote whether to stay or secede from Canada, there was quite a seismic stir felt in the Unites States. Canada’s neighbor to the south had been going a considerable shift to the right in its body…