Community policing needs to be restored to its pre-9/11 commitments. Counterterrorism influences on policing must be scaled back dramatically, especially the corrupting influence of military and counterterrorism training with its absurd technical firepower, and shoot to kill orders.
I think about, talk about and write about love a lot -- the power of love, the importance of love, the necessity of love, the anything and everything ...
I agree that it may seem "illogical or even obscene" to suggest that we, as a species, have become less violent over time. But if myth reflects society, as was argued by Joseph Campbell, we have to look no further than the evolution of Santa Claus for evidence of our gentling.
As we embrace these cold, dark moments in the shadows -- together with the light, the gratitude, the laughter and love -- let's start by taking care of ourselves and giving from our overflow to our loved ones and our neighbors.
One Sunday morning last spring I sat in that field. Sunday -- a day of Sabbath and rest and time set aside to meet in fellowship and community with the body of Christ and with our Creator. It is such an incredible privilege to work and spend time in that holy place.
Believe me, there is not just one single story of any culture or people, there are many and I wish that all of us will take the time to hear about the different stories of one another.
In the land that originated the German Christmas carol O Tannenbaum, holiday trees were a deeply sentimental tradition. Small trees had been sent as a gift to German soldiers at the front. And on Christmas Eve, they began lighting candles on their trees, which caught the attention of combatants in the opposing trenches.
Senseless crimes are destroying families and taking innocent lives, yet today we live in a society where many are hungry for change, but fail to realize we must first become the change we desire to see.
Enjoy the awesome stuff and make the most of it. And when the not-so-awesome stuff comes your way... allow it to happen, do your best to stay calm, deal with it, and know that it's on its way out, too.
If there's anything that the tragic loss of the precious lives of Katrina Dawson (fellow school mum and barrister) and Tori Johnson (Lindt Manager) has really highlighted this week is that life and family are all too precious.
There once was a world where people were always right. They knew they were right, and they were proud of it. It was a world where people stated with confidence, "I am right and you are wrong."
Soul Doctor has an important message--that one person can make a difference, a huge difference in the world. That in itself is worth being reminded. The fact that the difference could be bringing more love, peace and acceptance into our chaotic world.
It is not for us to find the points of difference in individual meditation practices but to create a bridge over the perceived divides. Whether meditation is used by the individual, within groups, for spiritual or professional growth, it is a positive life force that transcends cultural and spiritual traditions.
Personally, I find this message quite refreshing -- one that cuts to the chase in today's multi-tracking, information-overloaded world. Here is someone not claiming to have the answer, but boldly asserting that we all have the answer.
At Christmas, despite the enmities and divisions crisscrossing our communities, we dream of the prospect of peace on earth. But as the 100th anniversary of an unlikely truce reminds us, peace is something we build, one courageous act at a time.