Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Civil Disobedience or just Naughty Christians?

August 3, 2009

Jarrod McKenna - Christian ActivistFour anti-war protestors risked their lives recently, by entering defense land at Shoalwater Bay in Queensland, during live firing and bombing exercises.

They were attempting to halt a major military training operation, called Talisman Saber. The peaceful protesters were arrested, and fined for trespass and obstruction.

What’s unusual about these protesters is they were all Christians – two women and two men, including Reverend Simon Moyle, a young Baptist pastor from Urban Seed in Melbourne, and Jarrod McKenna – founder of the Peace Tree community in Western Australia.

They call themselves the “Bonhoeffer Four”

Listen Now - Christian peace activist Jarrod McKenna dicusses civil disobedience

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Swiss villagers want to reverse vows regarding glacier


Swiss Catholic villagers who have for centuries offered a sacred vow to God against the advancing ice mass of the Great Aletsch glacier now want to alter the vows.

The villagers' vow, established in 1678, is that the citizens of the mountain hamlets of Fiesch and Fieschertal would pledge to lead virtuous lives and in exchange, God would spare their homes and livelihoods from being swallowed by Europe's largest glacier as it expanded toward the valley with heavy winter snows, the Associated Press reported.

But the Aletsch is melting amid temperatures that are 0.7 degrees Celsius warmer than in the 19th century. The New York Times featured a picture of the nearby Rhone glacier , which also depicts diminished ice.

"We all know, and the Holy Father reminded us in his Easter message, that an unprecedented change in the climate is taking place," Rev Pascal Venetz said in his sermon to 100 people at the Ernerwald Chapel, where until modern times pious women were prohibited from wearing coloured underwear for fear of provoking the glacier.


FULL STORY @

Swiss now pray that glacier will stop shrinking (Google News, AP)

Praying (and stripping) for ice (New York Times)

Once again here is a tribute to the wonderful world of Catholicism. Honestly, you wouldn't want to be a boring reformer when you can have the inspection of pious womens' underwear as part of a Church tradition would you?

And I just love the "bargaining with God" vow.Even better is the request to the Pope to change the words. Whatever happened to the principle of subsidiarity? The words of the vow come from the needs of the village people surely.

However the text published here has left out the best part of the story. If you check the link to the New York Times report you can watch the video clip of Spencer Tunick doing one of his famous naked group shots on the diminishing Aletsch Glacier. I presume the participants included some of the pious women of the villages affected although the report does not tell us how much the glacier was provoked by all those naked bodies!!!!

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Song of the Moment: Bruce Springsteen - My City Of Ruins (live, 2006)



There's a blood red circle
On the cold dark ground
And the rain is falling down
The church doors blown open
I can hear the organs song
But the congregations gone

My city of ruins
My city of ruins

Now the sweet veils of mercy
Drift through the evening trees
Young men on the corner
Like scattered leaves
The boarded up windows
The empty streets
While my brother's down on his knees

My city of ruins
My city of ruins

Come on rise up!
Come on rise up!

Now there's tears on the pillow
Darling where we slept
And you took my heart when you left
Without your sweet kiss
My soul is lost, my friend
Now tell me how do I begin again?

My city's in ruins
My city's in ruins

Now with these hands
I pray Lord
With these hands
For the strength Lord
With these hands
For the faith Lord
With these hands
I pray Lord
With these hands
For the strength Lord
With these hands
For the faith Lord
With these hands

Come on rise up!
Come on rise up!
Rise up