Archive for March 2018

Can we make progress on guns?

My blog looks at relationships among courage, humility and action, from an Anabaptist’s point of view. The blog is not primarily political, but something is happening, and we find it hard to turn our eyes away.  It’s been less than a week since the March 24th ‘March for our Lives’. As a former teacher, I…

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Courage, humility and—business?

As I’ve searched for religious articles about quiet courage, I’ve found some beautiful and powerful examples. But the internet is a big place, and too often I have found articles in which simple faith and ethical behavior were not central. Those writings either pounded the reader with what the scriptures demand, or examined a courageous act…

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How are courage and humility shown?

Last year, we Mennonites and the U.N. lost MJ (Michael) Sharp to rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. By all accounts, he was tough as nails, sometimes lonely, but absolutely determined to help people solve difficult problems using peace and justice. Links: https://mcc.org/stories/mourning-death-michael-j-sharp http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/03/29/521962848/remembering-michael-sharp-he-risked-his-life-to-make-peace But I imagine that many of his days were hum…

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Why courage and humility?

I’ve always been interested in how these concepts depend upon each other and interact with people and institutions, hopefully producing a type of quiet courage that gets things done. Definitions: Humility: the quality or condition of being humble; having a modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc. Courage: the quality of mind…

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