Thursday, January 13, 2011

Words that heal...

Last night, President Obama delivered remarks at a memorial service for the shooting victims in Arizona.  You can watch the video or read the transcript at this link.

I thought his words were moving, and that he said all the most important things.  It is critical that this tragedy not be turned into another place of vitriol, or another opportunity to point fingers angrily. The discussion should be, as the President noted, worthy of the ones we have lost.

As many have pointed out by now, the tragic shootings were not caused by political differences.  The shootings do remind us, however, of the importance of civility and of the importance of stating disagreements with love and respect.

It seems that the shootings were the doing of a mentally ill young man, acting alone.  It is tragic that such a person was able to obtain lethal weapons.  And so, the shootings do remind me that our gun control laws are inadequate.  I hope that this tragic reminder moves us to rethink these laws.

Having said that...  It's also important to remember the inherent goodness of people, and to note that many people even act heroically, as was the case on January 8.  I thought President Obama did a nice job of remembering the stories of heroism, too.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Chance to Stand on the Side of Love

From the UUA's Standing on the Side of Love efforts.... a response to the tragic shootings in Arizona.


"Tell your members of Congress to stand on the side of love by denouncing vitriolic language in the public discourse."


Click here to send a message to your Senators and Representative.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Why?

I continue to be saddened by the tragic shooting in Arizona this past Saturday.  In addition to the horror of the deaths and injuries, I am left wondering why this country is so violent.  Why?  Why is it so easy to have access to a lethal weapon, even if one has a mental illness?  And why has political discourse in this country become so angry and violence-prone?  Prayers for peace continue....  and prayers for wisdom for all of us to re-think gun control laws in the meantime.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

May 2011 be a beautiful year!