Social Networking for Good
Who knew social networking could lead to so much good? The Southern Poverty Law Center shows how...
Teaching Tolerance Magazine Examines Classroom Use of Social Media to Teach About Social Justice; Offers timely lessons on Immigration Issues.
AND religious plurality in the classroom is explored here.
Actually, "tolerance" is a funny word. One "tolerates" a toothache; endures it, so to speak. Perhaps "acceptance" might be better or "solidarity"? What do you think? Send in your comments to our blog and start a thread.
Religions building a better world
There was tremendous bridge building this January and February in Egypt. This picture is from the Fellowship for Reconciliation showing Muslim/Christian solidarity in their struggle against oppression.
The Fellowship of Reconciliation is composed of women and men who recognize the essential unity of all creation and have joined together to explore the power of love and truth for resolving human conflict. It is the the largest and oldest interfaith peace organization in the United States. Read more ... Congratulations to the people of Egypt for promoting non-violence in their revolution.
Speaking of Peace
The Xaverian Missionaries are actively helping to change our world. Here's some news from Father Riccardo Nardo, Xaverian Missionary in Africa. (Scroll down the blog for story.)
"We wish to cry out to the injustices that occur almost daily in [the Democratic Republic of the Congo] our country and the lack of interest on the part of the rest of the world regarding Africa's problems. We missionaries live with the people and their challenges with dangers of every kind because we feel less alone. With all our faults, we can say that the people look at us with love, because we are their only refuge. At the slightest hint of danger, international organizations escape. But we stay with the people."
There are many ways to get involved to help Xaverian Missionaries. We invite you share the vision of a just and peaceful world and share the mission of helping to achieve it!
The Soloist is the true story of Los Angeles Times Journalist Steve Lopez and his friendship with Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, Jr. When Lopez first meets Ayers, he is playing a violin with only two strings and expounding on the beauty of Beethoven. A regular columnist in the struggling newspaper industry, Lopez smells a story, and begins to tell the homeless man's tale. Check out the film discussion guide.
"Giving-up" something can transform into "giving of oneself."
Have a blessed Lent!