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Edward J. Murray

Entries by Edward J. Murray

A Moment For Sacred Metaphors: How the Chilean Miners Helped To Rescue Us

(4) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 7:40 AM

What a miracle the emergence of those Chilean miners is. My only hope is that the singularity and power of this months-long event will not simply be up and gone in a matter of days -- a victim of our relentless news cycle. The living metaphor we are witnessing is...

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America's Best Idea

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 10:36 AM

It was our 30th anniversary. Dianne and I had found bargain flights to the Southwest. Arizona would be great we thought. And so we went. And so it was.

For our first eight days we rummaged through the central parts of the state - Prescott, Jerome - the abandoned copper...

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10 Reasons Why People of Faith Should Support Healthcare Reform

(35) Comments | Posted August 12, 2009 | 5:31 PM

Hey, people of faith! Here are ten concrete, no baloney reasons for supporting healthcare insurance reform now!

U.S. healthcare insurance reform is a moral matter. Hindu or Jew, Christian or Jain, Buddhist or Animist, virtually all share the belief that we are here to make a difference. To build up...

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The Bednet Bottle

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 2:24 PM


Those were the not-so-sweet sounds of summer at bedtime in the days before universal air conditioning. In my memory, those night-time mosquitoes didn't zzzziinngg around the room, they screamed in my ear. Smack! I'd whack one strafing my cheek. Wack! Another on my thigh. (On hot summer nights, not...

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World Malaria Summit

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2009 | 12:33 PM

For the last two weeks, I've been writing about the malaria crisis in sub-Saharan Africa and what folks in the U.S. can do to raise their awareness and support to BedNetsNow!. The second annual World Malaria Day was last Saturday (April 25) and on the eve of that, international leaders...

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Fighting Malaria: The Cure Is Action

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2009 | 2:46 PM

Every year, malaria disables a population size roughly equal to that of the U.S. population - 300 million people.

One of the obstacles confronting malaria control efforts is that, while we know the cause of the disease and how to prevent it, its presence in a particular region doesn't seem...

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Health of Nations

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2009 | 5:30 PM

If you Google such phrases as "Flu in the U.S." (or similar phrases for the world), you will get hundreds of thousands of listings. Simply scanning those for 10 minutes or so provides a primer on the relationship between infectious disease and the "progress of nations" or the viability of...

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Six Degrees of Separation: The Anonymous Other

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2009 | 11:39 AM

Part II of a "meditation" on why we so often do not seem to act in the face of human need.

I'm sure many of us remember the movie Six Degrees of Separation. It was based on a rather fascinating thesis that none of us is more than six relationships...

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The Mosquito Net Dilemma

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2009 | 1:15 PM

How does "a moral person" escape the facts?

It seems that those of us counted among the upper-third of the world's wealthy (which even includes many folks receiving public assistance in Western Europe, the U.S.A. and Canada) have a major moral problem. It is within our power to save,...

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Archbishop Tutu: Love, Forgiveness and "Being Good"

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2009 | 2:11 PM

Extraordinary as his contributions were to the cause of ending apartheid in South Africa, they can actually stunt our perception of the true greatness of Desmond Tutu. "Odyssey Networks Presents," a Sunday morning feature on Hallmark Channel, is the first to provide cable television viewers with perhaps their first glimpse...

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Capitalism & the Capitalists

(7) Comments | Posted November 26, 2008 | 11:44 AM

It now seems abundantly clear: capitalism run only by capitalists equals catastrophe. Virtually all of the world's religions abhor this "purist" ideological stance and have preached against it for centuries.

A strong strain of "laissez-faire"capitalism has always run through the veins of the
American body politic: sometimes nearly...

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Timmy, We Really Knew Ya' !

(5) Comments | Posted June 19, 2008 | 7:56 PM

I grew up south of Buffalo but went to high school in South Buffalo for three years. So, for nearly every school afternoon I'd wait for the NFT Bus right in front of Holy Family Church -- the parish where Timmy Russert with his family attended Mass every Sunday and...

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The Obama Dilemma

(6) Comments | Posted June 12, 2008 | 5:15 PM

On Saturday, May 31, Barack Obama publicly disassociated himself from the congregation (Trinity UCC Church in Chicago) that had served as his family's faith community for twenty years, almost half his life. He was wise to do it. He did it well. But, many will say, still, that he has...

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Courage, Loyality and How The Media Can Act as The Conscience of Us All

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2008 | 4:48 PM

In her May 31 Op Ed piece in the New York Times, Gail Collins shows how "the media" can act as the conscience of us all. She opened her piece, entitled, "What George Forgot" with a quote from one of the nation's would-be ethical icons, Bernard Kerick: "DISLOYAL, SICKENING,...

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Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the "Real" Black Church in America

(27) Comments | Posted May 9, 2008 | 4:41 PM

I remember it was the first time I'd ever heard real "keening" (the falsetto, high pitched wail sometimes used to describe the mythical sound of Irish banshees on the prowl). I was a member of a stunned and numbed congregation in a Catholic Church, in the South some 35 years...

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