The Gaza Flotilla

Another Gaza flotilla is forming up in the Mediterranean, and the Israeli authorities are trying every possible avenue to stop it-from pressuring the companies that insure boats to lawsuits to threats of violence against its passengers. Why is the flotilla needed?  Hasn’t Egypt opened the Rafah border? One of the frustrations around the issue of Palestine is how often what governments say diverges from what they do.  Israel says it has relaxed controls on goods and foodstuffs and necessities of life entering Gaza-what actually happens is that a few more brands of cookies get in but...
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From The Sexual Believer by Noel Cooper

Valuable Sexual Activity   Who we are as sexual beings is fundamental to our self-understanding. The term ‘sexuality’ refers to the entire range of feelings and behaviors which female and male human beings use to express themselves through look, touch, word and action. All life is a search for wholeness, and our sexuality is central to our wholeness. Most people are sexually active in some way or other throughout their lives. From an early age, young people explore the sexual parts of their body, just as they explore all their senses, and the world around them. Puberty compounds...
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From John Chuchman

  Life is full of Gifts,Gifts for which I did not ask,given me for some mysterious reasonI did not discover at first,and perhaps never will. These Gifts were not a matterof choicenor of my Quest. My life has been one of learning how toReceive them. It takes tremendous workto learn how to use themand they end up changingwho I am. A birth, a death,a joy, a sorrow,have each been teaching mehow to receive the Gifts. What seems to make the receiving of the Gifts possible isTrust,Trust that my relationship with the Creatoris the most important thing,with the content of the Giftssecondary. Before I know...
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Examining the Meaning of the Resurrection, Part II: Who Stood in the Center of the Easter Breakthrough?

  We begin our probe into the meaning of the Easter moment by asking who it was who stood in the center of the Easter experience. People do not always recognize that the claim of revealed truth requires both a revelation and a receiver of that revelation. The revelation may be of a timeless truth, but it has no effect unless someone, who is bound by both time and space, receives that revelation or that new insight and shares it. So who was that person in the accounts of Easter? The message of the New Testament is not unanimous on this question, but a common tradition can be found there that...
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Legislative Assembly of the Multi-National State of Bolivia DECREE Law of Rights of Mother Earth

EDITOR’S NOTE The Law of Mother Earth, promulgated by the Multi-National State of Bolivia on 7 December 2010. The following are some key excerpts: Mother Earth is considered to be sacred, as per the cosmologies of most rural indigenous peoples. Life Systems are complex and dynamic communities of plants, animals, micro-organisms and other beings in their entirety, in which human communities and the rest of nature interact as a functional unit The position of Ombudsman of Mother Earth is created Mother Earth has the following rights: To Life To the diversity of Life To Water To Clean Air To...
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