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~ Idea 2535 ~ Names I would like to see given to planet Earth:
Planet of God
Planet of Peace
Planet of Justice
Planet of Unity
Planet of Diversity
Planet of Happiness
Planet of Human Fulfillment
Planet of Beauty
Planet of Kindness
Planet of Forgiveness
Planet of Love
Daily Idea Dream Topics: Peace, Idea Dreams 6001-6500, Ending War,
Earth's Ecology, Religion & Spirituality
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|Economists and business have fooled the world much to long, equating economic growth with human happiness. |
* To be humanist means to be for humanity. A human solution must always be found, above and beyond group considerations. In this new phase of evolution, humanity must always come first.
My Testament to the UN
-A Contribution to the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, 1995, Chapter 6
| Even if the whole world were against the UN, I would defend it with all my strength, all my soul and all my heart because it was born from the 30 million dead of World War 11 and it is our best chance for a better world. |
| I was just gettingready to send our young Assoc. Minister at church a copy of a letter that I sent to Sen. |
Salazar on Saturday.
I thought you might be interested, too, so will send a copy of that to you along with a statement that Ben
(young Assoc. Min) made at a recent breakfast gathering of a local group called Citizens
Citizens Project was formed by 3 people at the time of Amendment #2 that caused Colo.
to be known as the "hate state". (It began here in Colorado Springs, I'm sorry to say!) We've
come a long way since then although it's still always an uphill struggle here.
My own roots go very deep in Colorado, having been born and growing up in Canon City (about 1 l/2 hours
from here)and coming with my parents over here in the 30's and early 40's to visit my maternal
Uncle who did a lot of stonework here in town, as he did in Canon and in various
places all over the country.
So I tend to think of Focus on the Family, etc. as "transplants" rather than representing this community. A city councilperson, Richard Skorman, who was part
of the initial effort to form Citizens Project, later being elected to council, spoke the other
morning, too, about our need to know that we are Colorado Springs.
I chatted with him afterwards, reinforcing that via my own background. I dug out some old postcards and pictures from around 1910 showing various buildings, etc. here, had them copied and will share those
with him as well.
Peace and light, Margery
Here's the copy of my letter that I mentioned, followed by Ben's comments at the breakfast.
June 25, 2005
Sen. Ken Salazar
c/o Matt Lee Ashley
3 South Tejon
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
Dear Sen. Salazar:
Thank you for your gracious and thoughtful messages.
As a long time member of Amnesty International, I am especially aware of AI's consistent,
continuing record of integrity, veracity and reliability, along with its honorable worldwide
dedication to the preservation of human rights. Therefore, I was especially glad to read that
Rep. Waxman, joined by Rep. Pelosi and 170 other members of Congress, have
introduced legislation to establish an Independent Commission to investigate abuses of
detainees. (See enc.)
I believe it to be a sound, sensible, comprehensive and intelligent approach that could
effectively contribute to the advancement of human rights everywhere.
I heard Bill Moyers say on TV the other day, "What doesn't have credibility today is the
truth". I believe the Waxman proposal does us all a great service by shining the light of
truth into the opening created by Amnesty and others and hope that it will be strongly
supported in spite of all of the noisy, rambunctious distractions to the contrary.
I hope that these reflections may contribute a bit to your sincere and dedicated endeavors.
With light and hope,
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Ben's comments at the breakfast
Good morning and peace to you all. My name is Benjamin Broadbent. I am a third generation Christian minister " I call it "the curse and the blessing" and I serve as the Associate Minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ on the corner of Tejon and St. Vrain, founded in 1849.
Last week I met a woman who knew my grandfather when he served as a minister in New Hampshire in the 1960's. She remembered that he counseled conscientious objectors to the draft during the Vietnam War. He was a witness to his generation that religious freedom means freedom of conscience, a conscience free of coercion, whether religious or political or an alliance of the two.
I want to take just a moment to talk about religious freedom and why it's important in Colorado Springs. When any one religion, or form of religion, is regarded as the sole moral and political voice, diversity is threatened, creativity is squelched, and religious beliefs get passed along as common sense.
The theologian and anthropologist Teilhard de Chardin said, "Any religion which does not assert first and foremost the mystery of God is a lie." To support religious freedom is to assert that no one person or group of people are capable of cornering the market on ultimate truth. Ultimate truth is ultimate because it remains mysterious.
Don't get me wrong, I am a lifelong Christian, and yet my truck is the one in the parking lot that says "Remember when this (Christian fish symbol) wasn't a warning label?" My vocation is to recover and promote the generous, loving, life-giving message that I believe is at the heart of my faith tradition. So often in this community this seems to be an uphill battle.
The Citizen's Project promotes the concept of religious freedom, and actually promotes the free practice of religion by inviting people of diverse faith backgrounds, even no faith background, to act with common conviction and purpose.
The community protest of the hate group from Kansas that picketed at Palmer High School is a case in point. Many of us representing churches and other spiritual groups were invited to endorse the event. At the event, I was inspired to be in the company of, and to stand on common ground with, brothers and sisters of multiple spiritual stripes. My own vision of God was enlarged that day. "God," I prayed, "you're gonna make something happen today. Your church will not be confined by walls today. You're calling everybody and anybody to get off their duff today."
I'm grateful to the Citizen's Project for making events like that happen. I am grateful to the Citizen's Project for organizing public forums where people of diverse spiritual opinions may share them respectfully. I am grateful to the Citizen's Project for enlarging the debate about the role of religion in public life. I am grateful to the Citizen's Project for acting on behalf of religious freedom for all citizens and for encouraging people of differing traditions and opinions to engage honestly and constructively within the wider society.
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