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Trump & Pence: Nuclear Weapons & Christianity

Tweet In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump called for a modernization of our nuclear arsenal – to create a nuclear arsenal “so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of agression.” This means sending more money after the trillions of dollars we have already spent on nuclear weapons.  The United [...]

Christmas: A New Name Needed for Ourselves

Tweet Christmas has come once again, the new year soon to follow. A new year….   Ah, dreams of a better world.  Round and round since the beginnings of time. Yet pain and suffering still cry out from this village, that town, this city, that nation around the globe. What is it that keeps us bound [...]

A Reminder from Hiroshima

Tweet Akihiro Takahashi Hiroshima Survivor “One of our most powerful talents as human beings, they say, is our ability to forget  But I have never forgotten for a moment the horror of that day.  And when my thoughts turn to this subject, I am forced to realize that August sixth marked the real starting point [...]

America: The Great Springtime

Tweet Even in life, death is all around us.  Stars are born and die, grass grows then withers; winter turns to spring, turns to summer, to autumn, and back again to winter.  Nothing stays.  Our life today will vanish tomorrow. We live in a time when we have no answers anymore.  Those who think they [...]

ICAN, Nuclear Weapons, & A Christian Nation

Tweet ICAN – the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – was recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Peace. ICAN is a broad, inclusive campaign, focused on mobilizing civil society around the world to support the specific objective of negotiating a global nuclear weapon ban treaty. On July 7th, 2017, many of the world’s [...]

August 6th, Again – Hiroshima

Tweet Another year passes.  We come around again, remembering the horror of Hiroshima. Meanwhile, on the horizon, pointed shapes sprout from the Earth, deadly black missiles mushrooming into sight here and there – North Korea, Russia, France, Great Britain, Pakistan, India, the United States, and other countries planning and secretly hoping to bring into bloom [...]

The Withdrawal of Hope.

Tweet North Korea will soon be poised to send atomic bombs to the mainland United States. Our Congress is mulling, over and over, a Republican healthcare bill that would strip healthcare of tens of millions of our own citizens – all without the slightest regard for their welfare, and replace it with nothing, just bare [...]

Our Christian Nation & The Bomb

Tweet Last week, the United States, with United Nations Ambassador Nikki R. Haley leading the way, boycotted talks at the global organization for a treaty that would ban nuclear weapons. Once again, we have aligned ourselves with the Bomb. Near the beginning of the American Civil War, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote her famous book, “Uncle [...]

Hiroshima & Our Religions

Tweet Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, was living on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, when she took up her pen and began writing the book that was instrumental in galvanizing public opinion on the slavery issue just prior to the Civil War. She wrote: “Up to this year, I [...]

Traveling to a New America/Jack London Square

Tweet I’m standing near a statue of Jack London, in Jack London Square, Oakland, California. As a novelist (his works included such world famous novels as “The Call of the Wild”, “White Fang”, and “The Sea Wolf”), London’s life spanned the later 1800′s and the early years of the twentieth century. His works often portray [...]