The Minimum We Can Do

THE GREAT DIVIDE BY ARINDRAJIT DUBE, NOVEMBER 30, 2013 “During most of the 20th century, wages in the United States were set not just by employers but by a mix of market and institutional mechanisms. Supply and demand were important factors; collective bargaining and minimum wage laws also played a key role. Under Presidents Franklin […]

The Other Woman: A Closer Look at Hagar

“The Other Woman: A Closer Look at Hagar” by Debbie Blue in The Christian Century of 12/10/14. When Sarah had no children, she gave her slave, Hagar, to Abraham as a wife; Hagar bore Ishamel said to be the forebear of Islam; there is tension and reconciliation in a careful reading of the text (Genesis […]

The Shanghai Secret

By Thomas L. Friedman Oct. 22, 2013 “SHANGHAI — Whenever I visit China, I am struck by the sharply divergent predictions of its future one hears. Lately, a number of global investors have been “shorting” China, betting that someday soon its powerful economic engine will sputter, as the real estate boom here turns to a bust. […]

The Source of New York’s Greatness

“The Source of New York’s Greatness”, by Russell Shorto in the NY Times of 9/7/14; the Dutch set the stage in the New Amsterdam of the 1620s with tolerance of religious difference and an entrepreneurial, free-trading culture;

Three Major Learnings of Member Mission By The Rev. A. Wayne Schwab

[Situation: the theme for the Lenten series with visiting preachers was mission at work.  This sermon was planned to end the series with a focus on living the mission everywhere.  A flyer which announced the series was mailed as Lent began and carried an insert about the “Sunday with Member Mission,” which would conclude it.   […]

Through an Astronaut’s Eyes: What We Learn about Earth from Space

“Through an Astronaut’s Eyes: What We Learn about Earth from Space” by Manuel Canales, Matthew W. Chwastyk, and Eve Conant from “One Strange Rock: 13 Things that Make Life on Earth Possible” in National Geographic (April 2018). “. . . our planet is flush with life . . . thanks to the fortuitous set of […]

Time to Divest from the Fossil Fuel Industry?

Divesting from stock in fossil fuels.

To Help Kids Thrive, Coach Their Parents

“To Help Kids Thrive, Coach Their Parents” by Paul Tough in the New York Times (5/22/16).  “A team of researchers from the University of the West Indies embarked on an experiment that has done a great deal, over time, to change our thinking about how to help children succeed, especially those living in poverty.  Its […]

Twelve-year-old starts an association to advance Bedouin women, A

A 12-year-old advances some Bedouin Women.

Volunteer group leader for families of the mentally ill, A

Helping the mentally ill and their families.