Saturday, September 22, 2012

Movie follow-up, and used book and plant sale!

So today, from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m., there is a Used Book and Plant Sale at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover.  Come and see what you can find!  Event info at this link.

Last night, we had our first movie night of the year.  We showed The Cats of Mirikitani in honor of the International Day of Peace.  People really loved it... very touching, thought-provoking movie.  Since then, I discovered a website with up-to-date info and footage about Linda and Jimmy (from the documentary) at this site.  Jimmy is still going strong!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy International Day of Peace! Movie tonight...

Happy International Day of Peace!

In honor of this day, tonight (starting at 7 p.m.) we will have a free showing of The Cats of Mirikitani. Learn more about this wonderful documentary at this link.  If you want a more comfortable seat than our folding chairs, please feel free to bring your own portable chair (for instance, a lawn chair or beach chair... or bring a portable ottoman and put your feet up!).  Popcorn, beverages and snacks will be provided.  Come for a great film, and great company!

I have a personal connection to this film, by the way, in that the director and filmmaker, Linda Hattendorf, was a suitemate of mine at the National Peace Academy's PPI in 2010.  Proud to have met her!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

David Cobb's excellent talk...

A Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover congregant told me that David Cobb would be speaking tonight about "Move to Amend".  She assured me he was an excellent speaker.  So I went to Arlington Street Church tonight, where he gave his talk.

Wow. What an amazing talk!  I was blown away.  And though I was clear that Citizens United was a decision that needs to be overturned, I wasn't as clear until tonight about why a Constitutional amendment was the best way to go.

Below is a video of a fairly similar talk he gave several months ago.

To my way of thinking, this issue ties into at least these several of our UU Principles:
  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person (1st Principle);
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations (2nd Principle); and
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large (5th Principle). 
And when I think of the Occupy Movement, I can't help but wonder if this would be a good practical item to focus a majority of energy on for a while...