Sunday, June 29, 2008

Ethical eating and Eating Disorders

I've learned more than I've ever wanted to know about Eating Disorders the past two years so I hope UUA understands eating is far far from a delight for more people than one would think.

The link copied below,
Ethical eating is next Congregational Study/Action Issue
posted by Jane Greer

Ethical eating was chosen Saturday as the next Congregational Study/Action Issue, defeating nuclear disarmament by a large margin.

The Rev. John Millspaugh, accompanied by members of the youth caucus, gave what may have been the most persuasive argument: "Eating is a delight for everyone, not just activists," Millspaugh said. "UUs love to eat! It will be fun to engage with this!"

Among the arguments in support of the CSAI was the fact that food production and distribution affects farm workers, who face deplorable working conditions; food purchasers may be economically limited in the kinds of food they are able to buy; and food producers face rising costs for transportation and other requirements.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Jean Bethke Elshtain: The Ethics of Fleeing: What America Still Owes Iraq‏

An email to fellow Social Justice Committee members studying the UUA's Peacemaking Statement of Conscience,
She's written a good essay looking at Just War theory including Just post bellum (after the War),

It is altogether a good thing that we have available to us the just war tradition. But taking it seriously means taking all of its parts seriously, not just the parts that comfort the sensibilities of the moment. Jus post bellum, justice in a postwar situation, must now be added to the traditional criteria of jus ad bellum, assessing whether or not there is a cause that justifies the use of armed force and jus in bello, the justifiability of the means deployed in the interest of a just cause.

But read the whole thing. We forget we have folks like her in Chicago.

UU William Perry signs on as Obama advisor

Fromer SecDef and UU William Perry signs on as and advisor to Obama on National Security Affairs.

I've written him for some thoughts on UUA's Peacemaking proposals.

I'm curious on his thoughts about his call for a strike on North Korea back 2006 (If Necessary, Strike and Destroy North Korea Cannot Be Allowed to Test This Missile) given today's developments
North Korea has handed over a long-awaited account of its nuclear programme to China, diplomats said.

The declaration, which is six months overdue, is expected to detail North Korea's plutonium enrichment efforts.

But analysts say it is not expected to mention its alleged and separate uranium enrichment programme or any details of its nuclear arsenal.

The handover is part of international efforts offering Pyongyang diplomatic and economic incentives to disarm.

The US has agreed that if the North Korean declaration is complete, it will take measures to remove the country from its list of states sponsoring terrorism.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Obama's Fatherhood speech: "Fatherhood doesn't end at conception"

We've heard it often in Illinois. He always sets himself up with this one,
"The change we need must come from each and everyone of us . . .," he told the Apostolic Church in Chicago. "We need fathers to recognize that responsibility doesn't end at conception . . . that doesn't just make you a father . . ."
I agree. And I think it through to some conclusions at odds with the Senator's votes down in Springfield.
HT Illinois Review.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The LGBT Record's Obama Watch on Rev Meeks

Obama's third spiritual advisor... the "Virulently Homophobic" Rev (and Illinois State Senator) Meeks.
Another person Obama says he seeks out for spiritual counsel is state Sen. James Meeks, who is also the pastor of Chicago's Salem Baptist Church. The day after Obama won the primary in March, he stopped by Salem for Wednesday-night Bible study.

"I know that he's a person of prayer," Meeks says. "The night after the election, he was the hottest thing going from Galesburg to Rockford. He did all the TV shows, and all the morning news, but his last stop at night was for church. He came by to say thank you, and he came by for prayer."

Obama admits it's not easy for politicians to talk about faith.
It looked like an ordeal for Keith Flannery here with Meeks.