Living deliberately means practicing awareness about what affects me, even what effects everyone. October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS month. In the United States alone, 220,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year - 40,000 die annually. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women worldwide. Suffering is suffering whether one is Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Native American or another of the many worthy religious paths. We have been taught that those who practice other religions are very different from us. I just notice how those “differences” seem so important until we discover someone who has suffered as we have. I am learning that suffering can be what joins us together in common life and common cause.
So read Joerg Rieger’s article above. Think about the suffering of people across the world. Who is willing among us to prosper and ignore or reject the reality of the suffering that surrounds us.
For the first time in the history of the United States, “a majority of public school students - 51 percent - live below the poverty line,” according to Billy Shore, founder and chief executive officer of Share Our Strength. There is mounting evidence that children growing up poor have brains that are less equipped to learn. In a recent article in BloombergBusiness by John Tozzi titled “Brain Scans Reveal How Poverty Hurts Children’s Braind,” magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans found that children from poor households had smaller amounts of gray matter in areas of the brain responsible for functions needed for learning. Hunger is a major contributor to poor children lagging in academic performance. CLICK HERE to read the BloombergBusiness article.
Baptist News Global offers another article on hunger and how we can help solve this critical problem. Written by Ken Camp,“Moving Beyond Hope To Confidence In Fight Against Hunger,” this article addresses the issue of hunger and offers help so that our children do not go hungry. CLICK HERE to read the entire article.
Dr. Joerg Rieger, Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, TX, exposes the wounds of the 99% - - of blacks, whites, hispanic, women, children and men largely ignored by the 1% who appear only interested in gaining more wealth and power. In this recent article presently posted on PATHEOS, “How People of Faith Are Dealing with Conflict and Why the Truth Does Not Lie in the Middle,” Dr. Rieger boldly states, “Today, there are many who proclaim false peace, seeking to glance over the wounds imposed on racial and sexual minorities, immigrants, women, and working people in general.” CLICK HERE to read Dr. Rieger’s article in its entirety.