Category Archives: social justice

Daniel Berrigan’s 10 Commandments

These commandments from Jesuit Daniel Berrigan don’t eliminate or replace the original ten, but do offer wisdom. Since Buddhists have 108 sins, I think Christians can handle 20 commandments and 8 Beatitudes.

1) Call on Jesus when all else fails. Call on Him when all else succeeds (except that never happens).

2) Don’t be afraid to be afraid or appalled to be appalled. How do you think the trees feel these days, or the whales, or, for that matter, most humans?

3) Keep your soul to yourself. Soul is a possession worth paying for, they’re growing rarer. Learn from monks, they have secrets worth knowing.

4) About practically everything in the world, there’s nothing you can do. This is Socratic wisdom. However, about of few things you can do something. Do it, with a good heart.

5) On a long drive, there’s bound to be a dull stretch or two. Don’t go anywhere with someone who expects you to be interesting all the time. And don’t be hard on your fellow travelers. Try to smile after a coffee stop.

6) Practically no one has the stomach to love you, if you don’t love yourself. They just endure. So do you.

7) About healing: The gospels tell us that this was Jesus’ specialty and he was heard to say: “Take up your couch and walk!”

8) When traveling on an airplane, watch the movie, but don’t use the earphones. Then you’ll be able to see what’s going on, but not understand what’s happening, and so you’ll feel right at home, little different then you do on the ground.

9) Know that sometimes the only writing material you have is your own blood.

10) Start with the impossible. Proceed calmly towards the improbable. No worry, there are at least five exits.

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My Friend Sharon

Sharon Ewell Foster speaks to scholarship students about life and her new book.


So sad

Persecution in India, Orissa to be exact.


The Equality Effect


You might have heard of the Girl Effect, i.e. if you give a girl education or an animal to raise, like a goat, she’ll prosper and we can end abject poverty. Well, it’s not that easy. Watch this.

Now that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try or that we can’t improve society, we just need to be more thoughtful.


The Girl Effect

The Girl Effect went viral a few years back. It’s premise is still influential today, but it’s flawed. As some may think the men aren’t going to give up power easily. They won’t like it when the women start to prosper and the status quo changes.

So what we need is an Equality Effect.


Making a Difference: Social Justice

Social Justice has gotten a bad rap from some believers, but while it’s not the main thrust of Christianity, it certainly should play a role in any Christian’s life. Perhaps locally, perhaps globally. Each person needs to figure that out. I started pondering this after reading a post on a new blog I discovered. The blogger wrote:

Lately, a friend and I have thinking about what it would look like to mobilize the younger, Stage 3-leaning generation toward service and social justice initiatives.  It’s often observed here that with Stage 3 tends to come a passion for social justice, and, as I look around, that is obviously true of us young people: we believe as a given that social justice is important and good.  But the issue is moving from the level of gut belief to the level of lived-out, intentional behavior.

via notreligious.typepad.com

My two cents were:

I’m guessing that rather than recruiting people to pitch in on a certain issue, a campaign for contributions to this or that fund or a day to show up to volunteer for this task, we should encourage them to look at their world and their talents and seek out one or two injustices that they feel called to commit to address. They’d need to discern how, but perhaps that needs to be an additional search along with What career should I pursue? Whom should I share my adult life with?