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Do You Have Acumen?

Do You Have Acumen?

In spite of Brexit and Donald Trump’s isolationist/racist rhetoric many believe there is a growing, positive, consciousness that we are all an interconnected community of global citizens. This is not to be confused with economic globalization. Acumen is a non-profit venture fund with a vision to help build a world…

Social Creed for the 21st Century

Social Creed for the 21st Century

In 2007 the National Council of Churches adopted the Social Creed for the 21st Century. Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been the leading force for shared ecumenical witness among Christians in the United States. The NCC’s 37 member communions…

Prosperity

Prosperity

For several months United Way of Northern California has been bringing together a diverse group of community leaders to “create lasting solutions to multi-generational poverty issues and the effects of those issues in our local community.” Rather than just deal with symptoms they want to address the root causes issues of…

Rising Inequality

“Rising economic inequality is stupid and ultimately self-defeating.” Nick Hanauer TED says “Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France.” Hanauer argues that dramatic increase in minimum wage could […]

Poverty Awareness

Poverty Awareness

January has been Poverty in America Awareness Month. Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his War on Poverty 1964, the Center for American Progress has concluded that “the War on Poverty has not failed us, but our economy has.” “Our national poverty rate fell by 42 percent during the…

Shasta County’s Beloved Community Movement

This coming Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10 AM a group of caring people from several faith traditions (progressive Christian, Bahai, Quakers, Spiritual Living and Unity) plus representatives from a few well-established community organizations such as SCCAR and NAACP, will meet for an hour at First United Methodist Church to offer their…

Labor Day 2013

Unions began forming in the mid-19th century in response to the social and economic impact of the industrial revolution. The labor movement is responsible for promoting child labor laws, safe working conditions and fair wages, but it is an unfinished job. Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887. By the […]

Toxic Charity and Food Justice

How can the world best address scarcity of food for a growing global population? When I was in college in the late 1960’s, studying geography, Paul Ehrlich’s book Population Bomb and the topic of how to feed the world’s growing masses of hungry people were being discussed. Then there came the green revolution, which saved millions […]

What’s The Value of Education?

Clearly, the value of education is far more than the earning power it enables. Not only does it open doors for one to achieve his or her highest potential, but it is essential to a properly functioning democracy. Money may not be the only objective, but there is a clear…