March 8, 2008

Haka (Past)

New Zealand vs Scotland in Rugby

Cartoon: Oppressors


Torture Talk

This video makes me want to laugh and cry.
Seriously, how did things get to be so screwed up?

March 7, 2008

SNL Hillary

While I'll lean towards Obama, I have to admit that Hillary has grown on me.

This clip from SNL's "Weekend Update," takes a new look at Clinton's perceived weaknesses.

Confronting a Killer

In confonting her sister's killer, Whitney Davis brought me to tears.
Watch her courage as she struggles with grief, hate, forgiveness, and anger.
For more on the details of the case click here.

Beef Recall

Some of you may have heard about that massive meat recall.
In case you were wondering what prompted it, watch this video.
ACT: Contact Congress to stop the slaughtering of injured cattle.

Stop Horse Slaughter

TX and IL recently closed the last three horse slaughtering facilities.
But horses are still being taken to Mexico and Canada to be killed.
ACT: Tell Congress you don't want horses to be slaughtered.

Peace in Kenya

After nearly 1500 persons were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced, Kenya's leaders appear to have reached a peace agreement.

ACT: Pray that Kenya's peace and unity will be lasting.

Mental Health Parity

The late Senator Paul Wellstone fought for health insurance coverage of mental illnesses.
His dream has cleared a major hurdle in becoming realized:
the House of Representatives passed the "Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act."

Union Victories

After three months, the WGA has ended their strike. Their new contract ensures that they receive a portion of the revenue from online television shows and movies.

Shuttle drivers at Emory also scored a victory in voting unanimously to join a union.

They hope to see positive changes in "salary, health benefits, pension options and overall treatment. " (Angela Holloway)

Film: The People Speak

Some of you may be familiar with Howard Zinn.
This is a project he's working on to bring to film the voices of those that are often silenced or forgotten.

Events

Winter Jam Tour (Details)
March 15, 6:00pm @ Philips Arena
$10 @ the Door (Newsong, Skillet, Barlow Girl)

Hunger Justice Leaders (Bread for the World)
All-expense paid leadership training
June 14-17 in Washington, DC.
Apply by March 15th

Candlelight Vigil sponsored by HealthSTAT
March 25, 7:00PM @ Grady Hospital
“Cover the Uninsured Week”

Urban Mission Conference
April 1-2 @ McAfee School of Theology
$19 for Students (Schedule & Registration)

Vegetarian 4 Jesus

During my first year in college I decided to become a vegetarian for Jesus. That’s not what I said, but it’s essentially what I did. As I rediscovered Jesus in the life of John Wesley and the faces of the poor, loving God and loving my neighbor took on new meaning and new primacy in my life.

It was in the midst of this new creation being brought to life in me that I decided to become a vegetarian: a week at first, and now going on six years (minus those soups that weren’t supposed to have ham or bacon).
In recent months we have seen several animal rights issues being raised. And the consensus, or at least the majority opinion is that we shouldn’t hurt whales with our sonar, we shouldn’t slaughter sick and injured cattle, we shouldn’t slaughter horses, and we shouldn’t allow dog fighting.



What criteria determines which animals we can kill for our benefit? How do we decide which animals are lucky enough to be worth saving and which animals are unworthy of life? As a Christian, I cannot make such distinctions, except in cases where human life is at stake or the quality of animal life is at stake.

For me to follow Jesus, to walk in the way of love, to love God and neighbor also means being loving. As I seek to be a loving person, to kill or eat animals runs in contradiction to my identity. Though the wolves, lambs, cattle, bears, children, and snakes do not yet live in the harmony that Isaiah depicts, I will try to do what I can to live into that new creation.