Archive for September, 2007

The Idea That Is America

Monday, September 24th, 2007

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What Is the Idea That Is America?

That is exactly the question considered by author and pre-eminent foreign affairs expert Anne-Marie Slaughter in her new book, The Idea That Is America, whose title is based on a comment made by an Army Captain back from Iraq. Slaughter is Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and someone who writes and speaks extensively about foreign policy theory. (more…)

What’s Good for Me is (Not) Good Enough

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Both the marketplace and the political world have seen a “dangerous erosion of the rules and principles” that have made American economy thrive in the past…“Instead of thinking about what’s good for America or what’s good for business,” he said, “a mentality has crept into certain corners of Washington and the business world that says, “what’s good for me is good enough.” Baltimore Sun article, September 17, 2007

I couldn’t have said it better myself!

These comments were made by Presidential candidate, Barak Obama, in a speech at NASDAQ this week where he chastising Wall Street values. Whether we support Senator Obama or not, his remarks are worth noting and worth expanding past financial considerations to the world at large. I think it is safe (and sad) to say that most of us operate with the mentality he described: what’s good for me is good enough.

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Life-Changing Books

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Reading That Book Changed My Life!

If you are a reader, you have probably said these very words.

Which one was it for you?

War and Peace? The Diary of Anne Frank? The Color PurplePurpose Driven Life?

Maybe it was something less weighty, but just as unforgettable like Nancy Drew or Huckleberry Finn.

Recently, I gave some thought to the idea of how books influence our lives. (more…)

Unity World Day of Prayer

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Today is Unity Church’s 14th annual World Day of Prayer. As individuals and as a global family, it is a chance for us to celebrate all that is good in our lives, to commit to peace and to embrace the transforming power of our collective prayers. Around the world, festivities are planned and prayers are being lifted.

Whatever you have planned for today, I hope you will set aside a few minutes during the day for spiritual conversation. (more…)

Peace Post 9-11

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Today, six years post 9-11, there are stories to be told.

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InSpiritry PODCAST – Community

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

InSpiritry PODCASTS – Twenty Minutes to Rekindle Your Spirit!

Theme: Community

The word, Community, suggests with-Unity. Are you living in full Community with God, with your inner Self, with Humanity as a whole and with Nature? Join Anne McCrady for this as she takes a look at how we can best make a difference in the world by first living in Unity.

Listen as Anne shares how we need Unity on many levels and how we can use our sense of Community for the Greater Good as we live each day. In this compelling program, Anne inspires listeners to make Unity a personal intention and Community a daily practice. She reminds listeners that when we use our passions within the wider network of God, Self, Humanity and Nature, the outcome can be a better world, a stronger society, a more healthy planet, a more loving family and that greatest of blessings: a peaceful heart.

Quotes from: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Buddha, Psalms, Jimmy Carter, The Quran, Eleanor Roosevelt and others

An Inspirational Story about: Betty Elder, Local Activist for Children of Low Income Families

Books Recommendations for: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community; Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World; How Are We to Live? Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest; Peace Be Upon You: The Story of Muslim, Christian and Jewish Coexistence; A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet’s Future

Poems: Heaven and Early Morning, Thinking of Jerusalem by Anne McCrady

Read the complete text for this Twenty-four Minute Podcast! (more…)

Imagine Their Stories

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

A convoy of American soldiers rolls into town, again. They have shelled the buildings where insurgents may be hiding. Now they will go through neighborhoods, searching house to house, guns ready, kicking in doors, hoping no one is inside. They have lost dozens of buddies to the fighting. They are terrified. Sometimes their fight returns to the streets where everyone looks like an enemy and every package an IED. Their commander reminds them that their aim is to “make Iraq safe for democracy” and to “free the Iraqi people.”

These young men are certainly facing death every day, but what about the Iraqi people who lived in those towns and houses, the citizens who did not start this war? (more…)