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By Lucy Belnora on December 31, 2009

By Larry James on December 31, 2009


My seminary days come back to me often.

Today I picked up the following quotes from an article in the December website edition of Harpers magazine (The Trinity of Love) concerning the life and message of Meister Eckehart, a 14th century Dominican priest. I first read Eckehart when I was about 25-years-old. His writings and sermons were among the sources that first exposed me to the rich mysticism of Christian thought in the Middle Ages. Hear him...

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By Gerald Britt on December 31, 2009

This little interesting nugget regarding hunger in Texas. The state is being sued because its violating its own rules regarding the timeliness with which food stamp applications are processed.

That's right - sued...

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By Gerald Britt on December 31, 2009


"We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends."

Mary McLeod Bethune, 1875 - 1955
Educator, Presidential Adviser, Leader

By Mikyung Lim on December 31, 2009

As we are waiting for the final bloody battle of health care reform, the final stage of compromising between the “House” and senate bills, I wish you (if you hadn’t read it yet) to read Professor Dreier’s blog Waffling Democrats’ Health Care Hypocrisy. Dr. Dreier educates us on how “Bribed” Senators Joe Lieberman, Max Baucus, Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln and Kent Conrad discriminate the US public against military service men and veterans. These senators supported to provide “Public Plan” to military service men and veterans in the name of Veterans Administration (VA), but fight hard against providing the same “Public Plan” to us “the Public”? Why, on earth, do they have this right of discriminating the US population based on whether they are in military uniform or not?

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By Larry James on December 30, 2009


Amazing work being done by an amazing group, led by an amazing man!

We need this process and this commitment in Dallas.

What do you think?

Great question, Mr. President!

By Larry James on December 29, 2009

The report below comes from Bread for the World Institute, a somewhat surprising source. What you'll find is a bit more encouraging than some of what I've read in recent days about "green jobs" and economic renewal.

Let me encourage you to open the link below to the entire report. The analysis of jobs created in the emerging "green sector" is very interesting.

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By Gerald Britt on December 29, 2009

True story.

I was called at my office at the church several years ago, by the City Secretary of Dallas. She has been a good friend of mine for more years than I can remember, long before she was City Secretary so, of course I was concerned.

It seems that in an effort to be religiously inclusive, the invocation for the next day's city council meeting was scheduled to be given by... the Wiccans! Now in common vernacular this group is generally associated with witches - as in 'bubble, bubble, boil and trouble'. It's not entirely accurate from what I understand, but again, we're talking about public perception.

There was no good solution. To 'uninvite' the Wiccans, would be to stir up controversy. To go through with their giving the invocation would be to...well this is Dallas, so you get the picture.

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By Dmitri Iglitzin on December 29, 2009

That the hearing occurred at all was a surprise to the elected executive board of the union. No one had heard from the member since the day notice of the charges had been mailed to him; no one expected him to show up in person to face the executive board, which was acting as a trial committee hearing the charges that had been brought.

But he did show up – a big man, calm but unsure of what was in store for him. The union’s representatives were, to tell the truth, equally unsure.

The union’s vice-president invited the accused to sit down at one of only two vacant seats at the conference table, which he did. The VP then formally opened the hearing. “Brother M., will you please present the charges?”

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By Jamie Sanderson on December 29, 2009

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Chad McGowan today called on Senator Jim DeMint to stop blocking the confirmation of a proven counter-terrorism expert for Director of the Transportation Security Administration.

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By Mikyung Lim on December 29, 2009

In his blog post, “The Republican Way: Keeping Everything The Way It Is," actor Alec Baldwin educates the public on the real issues behind closed-door US politics, policy shaping, and wars. He exposes “what actually determined US engagement in war in Iraq” – “OIL” interest; “why US insurance companies don’t want reform” – “to maintain monopoly power.”

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By Mikyung Lim on December 29, 2009

As we have witnessed the endless twists of health care and financial reforms this year, my impression on this country’s politics is, this country is not “One-Headed.”

The United States of America is more like a nation of “Two Heads”: the “Government” and the “Industrial Medusa” that consists of many small heads of powerful industries and their bands of lobbyists, including financial, pharmaceutical, health care, oil industries. The Government has the role of policing the nation; the Industrial Medusa manipulates the Government, media, and the public to set the social structure in their favor, in ways to minimize the nation’s regulations on them and maximize their money earning, profits at any costs, even at the destruction of their country and economy which nurture, feed them with money.

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By Janet Morrison on December 28, 2009

I learned something the other day.

X-mas is perfectly legit. No more reason to panic because, "They're taking the Christ out of Christmas!" ...because they're not. X is a symbol for "chi" in Greek. (How did I forget that from my college years and my desire to be in a Greek sorority??)

I learned that tidbit of information the other day from a friend who is in seminary. But since you don't have access to her, here is an abbreviated version through Wikipedia:

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By Larry James on December 28, 2009

Thanks to the fact that we host a large AmeriCorps team (350 members), I was invited to attend the 32nd Annual Governor's Nonprofit Leadership Conference rolled out here in Dallas.

I was particularly intrigued by the presentation made by Andrew Wolk, founder of Root Cause and noted social innovator and social entrepreneur. Wolk has a blog that's work checking out, as well.

As I say, Wolk's speech was important and provocative.

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By Gerald Britt on December 28, 2009

Ms. Mattie Nash was a former Dallas City Councilwoman and a tremendous force for good in West Dallas. She died this past Sunday night at the age of 87.

I got to know Ms. Nash when we served together on our city's Urban Rehabilitation and Standards Board. She inspired all of us with her energetic presence, her wisdom, her compassion and her relentless advocacy on behalf of her community.

I know its a trite saying, but its true: those of us who seek to provide any leadership in low income communities, 'stand on the shoulders' of such stalwart leaders like Mattie Nash. I was blessed to know her. Dallas was blessed to have her in our midst.

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By Will Corsair on December 28, 2009


We all work hard, and we're serious about the things we write about. But now and again...

Okay. It's time for a little belly laughter. Pure, unadulterated laughter. And laughing just because. Just because laughter is truly wonderful.

Let those endorphins flow.

By Will Corsair on December 27, 2009

In a Newsweek Article entitled, "Requiem for the Right," Sam Tenenhaus, editor of the New York Times Book Review, offers a rather scathing indictment of the political right. Tenenhaus is working on a biography of William F. Buckley and offers this interesting bit of information:

Ronald Reagan liked to remind people (especially the press) he was a lifelong New Dealer who voted four times for Franklin D. Roosevelt. The consensus forged by Buckley in the 1960s gained strength through two decisive acts: first, Buckley denounced right-wing extremists, such as the members of the John Birch Society, and made sure when he did it to secure the support of conservative Republicans like Reagan, Barry Goldwater, and Sen. John Tower. This pulled the movement toward the center. Second: Buckley saw that the civil disturbances of the late 1960s (in particular urban riots and increasingly militant anti-Vietnam protests) posed a challenge to social harmonies preferred by genuine conservatives and genuine liberals alike. When the Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan called on liberals to join with conservatives in upholding "the politics of stability," Buckley replied that he was ready to help. He placed the values of "civil society" (in Burke's term) above those of his own movement or the GOP.

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By Gerald Britt on December 26, 2009

Oddly enough I was just talking about the parallels between 'The West Wing' television series and the 2008 presidential election.

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By Richard Head on December 26, 2009

I've stumbled on what has become a valuable resource for me as a citizen journalist, particularly for those times when I'll want to talk with someone directly in an interview.

A recent book entitled, Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production, has a wealth of information, tips and techniques, and personal accounts about "getting the story" from the NPR reporters we hear on public radio every day. Author Jonathan Kern is the Executive Producer for Training at NPR, and he has worked in almost every position in radio news, including executive producer of NPR's All Things Considered.

Now, before you dismiss the book as something you don't want to bother with because it's about audio recordings and radio, keep in mind that the majority of the book deals with topics contained in chapters that Kern titles "Fairness," "Reporting," "Field Producing," "Story Editing," "The Reporter-Host Two-Way," "Hosting," and "Beyond Radio," among others. So the material has terrific value for those times when you want to venture into direct interviews, rather than reporting what others have already written.

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By Larry James on December 25, 2009

It is a very good question, and more than worthy of our reflection.

Over the years I've come to the conclusion that grappling with this question is especially important as we consider both our own understandings of this person named Jesus and, even more so, as we consider how he is to be understood by our children (the next generation). Moreover, the answer to this question will be extremely important to those of us who are concerned for the health, well-being and just development of our communities. Of course, I realize that not everyone who works in the arena of community development comes at the task from a faith perspective.

But, I do. So, the question is vital to me and to my understanding of my own work...

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Earlier posts in this month:

Enjoying Holiday Classics, December 25, 2009
Young people need good jobs now, December 25, 2009
White Christmas in Dallas!, December 24, 2009
Nostalgia of Bygone Days, December 23, 2009
Community Organizing: The Work Continues, December 23, 2009
Iran's Green Movement: The Woman's Veil, December 23, 2009
Urban Death, Urban Despair, December 22, 2009
Skills of a Thief, December 22, 2009
Rosmah: 'The Women's Champion', December 22, 2009
Perturbation, December 22, 2009
Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer: Great Courage, December 21, 2009
Disillusioned and Disappointed, December 21, 2009
The Art of the Possible: Obama-Style!, December 21, 2009
Justice Revival Aftermath: The Difference Between Justice and Charity, December 21, 2009
The Senate's Bill: Should It Pass?, December 20, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, December 20, 2009
To House or Not to House, December 20, 2009
When Does a Goal Become a Priority?, December 19, 2009
The Good Joe Lieberman, Bad Joe Lieberman, Part 2, December 19, 2009
Remembering the Wind, December 18, 2009
Friday at Our Resource Center, December 18, 2009
Is It Good to Elect Democrats to Congress?, December 18, 2009
Uninsured Children, December 18, 2009
Summoning America's Creative Will, December 18, 2009
Hate Crimes on the Rise, December 18, 2009
Texting and Driving: Teenage Trend and Parent's Worst Nightmare!, December 18, 2009
A Church Billboard Questions Christmas Story, December 18, 2009
Modernizing TSCA will be a winning proposal for us all, December 17, 2009
Young Adults Know Little About Contraception, Yet, Still Participate?, December 17, 2009
No One Likes RedHeads? Hair Color Hatred: Last Acceptable Racism?, December 17, 2009
Maybe it's not a bridge too far, December 16, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, December 16, 2009
People Like Me Just Pass On By, December 16, 2009
SC: Robert Dobbs Responds to Representative Henry Brown’s Vote Against H.R. 4213, The Tax Extenders Act of 2009, December 16, 2009
Obama: Stand Up For Women's Rights in Honduras!, December 16, 2009
Introducing Mel Bancroft: Poet, Inspirationalist and Author of the Upcoming Novel, 'The Melody of My Bittersweet Blues', December 16, 2009
Hungry? Try Natural Lipstick, Every Feminist Dream!, December 16, 2009
It's Time for Joe to Go!, December 15, 2009
The 'Dream' for Today, December 15, 2009
Getting to Know the Neighbors, December 15, 2009
I, Too, December 15, 2009
Six-Word Film Reviews, December 15, 2009
Jobs and a Future, December 15, 2009
Robert Hayden, Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks and the Role of Artists, December 14, 2009
Rock/Scissors/Paper — The Silly Game of Politics, December 14, 2009
Shaking It Off and Stepping Up, December 14, 2009
Woman Struggle for Acceptance After Combat: What Happens When They Come Home?, December 14, 2009
Is Lying a Justifiable Means to Get to College?, December 14, 2009
Women's Rights Advocates Scared for Afghanistan Women: If We Pull Out Do They Suffer More?, December 14, 2009
This Is NOT the Way 14-1 Was Meant to Work, December 14, 2009
Taxes, Morality, Conscience, and a Can of Worms, December 13, 2009
A Time to Celebrate in the Joy!, December 13, 2009
Post-High School Education: Your Best Personal Economic Stimulus Plan, December 13, 2009
Dramatic Rise in Elderly Seeking Food Assistance, December 12, 2009
No Impeachment for South Carolina Govenor Mark Sanford?, December 12, 2009
Let's Get Our Indignation Straight, Shall We?, December 12, 2009
Community Impact, December 12, 2009
American Hunger, December 12, 2009
Copenhagen: Clash Between Developing and Developed Countries in Reducing Emission Levels, December 12, 2009
S.C. Senators Can't Even Vote on Major Spending Bill, December 12, 2009
Jasper Escapes the Detention Center, December 12, 2009
Hunger in Dallas, December 11, 2009
Evidenced-based Care, December 11, 2009
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, December 11, 2009
Screening Children for Santa?, December 11, 2009
SC: Rep. Henry Brown Can't Give Straight Answer on Gays in Military, December 11, 2009
Respect Women's Sexual and Reproductive Rights, December 11, 2009
Fijan Women Recieves Award for Human Rights, December 11, 2009
Will Shake It for Sausages: Burger Kings New Stripper Site, December 11, 2009
In the Long Run, We're All Dead, December 10, 2009
How Do Ya' Like Them Apples?!, December 10, 2009
Feminists Have No Humor: Bubbles Are Just Doing What Bubbles Do!, December 10, 2009
Sexist Female Pigs: Comedy Sketch Shows A World Where Women Objectify Men, December 10, 2009
Critical Thinking vs. Criticizing Thinking, December 10, 2009
Ask Amy: Rape Apologist?, December 10, 2009
World Human Rights Day: Spotlighting Women on Frontline of Human Rights, December 10, 2009
Something About November, December 9, 2009
Activists and Independent Investigation Agree: Support ACORN’s Vital Work, December 9, 2009
Embracing Complexity, December 9, 2009
Woman Auctions Her Ability to Marry on Ebay: Want a Right Hand?, December 9, 2009
Urban Engagement Book Club 2010, December 9, 2009
Medical Ghetto?, December 8, 2009
Wisdom and Grace, December 8, 2009
Freddie the Dog, December 8, 2009
The Traveling Journal, December 8, 2009
Solidarity Gift Ideas for the Holidays, December 8, 2009
Future Physical Therapists, December 7, 2009
Climate: No Arctic Ice in 30 yrs. - My love, you are disappearing so fast, December 7, 2009
Change the Tone of Our Discourse, December 7, 2009
Planet Earth: Are We Deserting You?, December 7, 2009
Tiger Woods: The Remix, Is reverse Domestic Violence Okay?, December 7, 2009
Texans in the Workforce: Nearly One Third Are Uninsured, December 6, 2009
Nurturing Youth to Create Their Own 'Flow', December 6, 2009
OMG. Call the Press. The Stimulus IS Working., December 6, 2009
Obama, Reality Versus Fiction for ‘Tea Bag’ Movie Viewers, December 5, 2009
America: Passing from Land of Dreams to Land of Harsh, Unsustainable Living?, December 4, 2009
PETA Crosses the Line: Nudity, Puppies and the Catholic Church, December 4, 2009
National Resolution Calls for Ending School Pushout, December 4, 2009
Women Discriminated Against, Charged More for Health Care, December 4, 2009
Counterproductive to Lay Off Hundreds of Public Sector Employees, December 4, 2009
Sun-Maid Raisin Girl Gets a Makeover, December 4, 2009
Are Democrats Supporting Obama?, December 4, 2009
'Three Cups of Tea' Advice for Obama, December 3, 2009
Republicans Whine: We Are Not Pro-Rape, Al, Let them Know!, December 3, 2009
Better Think Creatively!, December 3, 2009
Thin to Graduate: College Requires a BMI Under 30 to Get a Degree, December 2, 2009
President Obama - Bombing for Peace is Like Screwing for Virginity, December 2, 2009
Britain's Missing Top Model: Disabled Women on the Chopping Block, December 2, 2009
Trumka: Time for Radio to Pay the Piper and All the Musicians, December 2, 2009
Thinking about the holidays, December 2, 2009
SC: Where was the help before, Sanford?, December 2, 2009
World Aids Day 2009: We Remember, We Support, We Educate!, December 1, 2009
Winner Winner Turkey Dinner?, December 1, 2009
In Honor of World AIDS Day, South Africa to Treat all HIV children, December 1, 2009
Zakim Bridge to go RED for World Aids Day!, December 1, 2009
10 HIV/AIDS Activist Arrested on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2009
FREE HIV/AIDS Testing!, December 1, 2009
Good Year for AIDS/HIV! World AIDS DAY!, December 1, 2009

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