Creation SongMy Christian Witness in Science, Politics, Values, Culture
Chris Hedges, a noted journalist, social critic, and ordained Presbyterian minister, preached a powerful sermon in Norway in August, 2023. Actress Liv Ullman read the introductory scripture from Jeremiah 37:11-21. Hedges preached on the courageous, incorruptible prophets who faced persecution. He then spoke of his incarcerated Julian Assange who aired out the dirty laundry of U.S. military operations in his Wikileaks. Watch the entire YouTube video or start at minute 50 for the sermon.
The following article’s subtitle says to modern Jews, “It was not baseless hatred that led to the destruction of the Temple in antiquity. It was the arrogance of the military and the absence of political judiciousness – precisely the same dangers we now face.”
Read this lament by a modern Jewish author who distinguishes between God’s original intent for Israel and Israel’s misappropriation over millennia. HERE FOR LINK TO ARTICLE
In a major win for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) has voted to boycott Israel with 2016 members (71%) voting in favor of the resolution.
Jessica Winegar, a sociocultural anthropologist at Northwestern University, told Middle East Eye the resolution was “a meaningful demonstration of solidarity” with Palestinians against “Israel’s racist, discriminatory policies and brutal military rule”.
“As scholars with a long history of studying colonialism, anthropologists are all too familiar with the devastating harm of Israel’s oppression and theft of Palestinian land. This vote is an important step in showing that support for Palestinian rights goes hand in hand with the AAA’s values of human rights for all.”
Chris Hedges is a noted journalist, culture critic, and ordained Christian minister. He also is a contract instructor for Rutgers University teaching at a prison. Hedges notes that Rutgers, a public university in New Jersey, pays annual salaries to top administrators approaching $1 million, and football and basketball coaches exceed three million.
The football team continues to incur debts now at $250 million as it spends lavishly on its programs trying to overcome a long streak of losing seasons. Meanwhile adjunct professors and grad students that make up much of the academic instruction are often under $30,000. At Rutgers, some of these low-paid are striking.
By St. Augustine, John Chrysostom, and Basil the Great
The Plough is a publication of the Bruderhof, a Christian community of sharing goods. The introduction to some teachings of these three early Christian fathers begins,
“In an age when Christianity is comfortably entwined with consumer capitalism, the early Christians’ passion for social and economic justice can come as a shock. From the first days of Christianity, the duty to care for the poor and marginalized was at the center of the gospel. Jesus preached a way of life free of possessions, the first church in Jerusalem abolished private property, and the early apostles warned of privilege and wealth.”
Click this link to read these short statements why Augustine, John Chrysostom, and Basil the Great.
The caption to this picture is the following: “An Iraqi family reacts after three family members, innocent civilians, were shot and killed by U.S. Marines in an incident in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 9, 2003.” (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
This picture hurts my heart. Look at the pain of the mother and surviving children at the murder of their children. Yes, murder, because the U.S. invasion of Iraq was justified by blatant lies propagandized by cowardly inept news media to the gullible American public still seething over the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.read more…