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Friday
Aug122016

Economic Recovery—Why Recovery of Sight Is Core to Economic Recovery ala Jubilee

public domain photoThe words are right there in a key Jubilee passage (Luke 4:17-20): “recovery of sight to the blind.” But why is recovery of sight part of the Jubilee model of economics, social design, and spirituality? Here’s a clue: throughout the scriptures of all religions “seeing” is a favorite metaphor for living with greater consciousness than the ego-consciousness that shapes civilization. Seeing empowers us to live with divine consciousness, Spirit consciousness. To bring “recovery of sight to the blind” is to bring economic recovery beyond anything business news talks about.

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Thursday
Jul282016

Chiapas reflection by Gabriela Jiménez Machorro 

In conclusion, being in Chiapas permitted me to know another reality, reaffirm that we can do great things if only we unite and work as a team. We need to learn to put aside our differences, respect other points of view affirming that we are all brothers and sister in need of each other. Of course, not forgetting the important relationship with our Mother Earth, without whom we are nothing. This experience has motivated me to continue working for my local community raising consciousness and awakening myself and others to the problems we face and together seeking solutions. I hope we will not have to face as much violence in our region but nevertheless it’s time to not only continue learning but to take action!!!

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Thursday
Jul282016

First Joint JEM/Casa Jubileo Delegation to Chiapas

What a delegation! It was a lot to pack into 3 days which exhausted all of us but everything from the appts., to transport and meals to inter-personal dynamics and reflections went superbly. We were 7 from San Mateo (Pastor Nacho and daughter, Berenice, David, Mariana and three young women from a local community group). Amazingly the $500 fee each from our US participants: Marcus, David & Daniel helped to subsidize the Puebla folk as they each only had to contribute an average of about $50. * That also is solidarity economics in the Jubilee way!

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Tuesday
Jul262016

A Call to the Heart...2nd Chiapas delegation JEM/Casa Jubileo (guest post by Pastor "Nacho" Martinez)

Were we simply observers and companions who seek to join our voices saying “Yes to Peace.” Were we really all that brave as I stated at the beginning or now just simply a bit more aware? Will all this just be racked up to one more nice experience? Will our bravery serve to help us face our own commitments, to lift our voice among those with whom we have some influence? ! Will we continue to think that opposites are always stronger against what the Psalmist says: “Mercy and truth embraced; JUSTICE AND PEACE kissed”Psalm 85:10

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Saturday
Jul232016

Making Applesauce

Waste is disrespect for our Creator. Yes, it takes effort, even some planning and determination to utilize fully the resources for which we’ve taken responsibility. We can’t take care of everybody’s food but we can care for that which we’ve taken into our lives. When we buy food – raw or cooked – we accept responsibility for it. It will not go to waste!

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Wednesday
Jul132016

Jesus Praises Whistleblowing That Exposes Growth Economics

The “Parable of the Talents” (Matthew 25:14-30), as it’s been called, continues to be one of the most widely known of the stories Jesus told. It is also widely misunderstood. To start with, “talent” is NOT a skill or spiritual gift. It is MONEY, a measure of money equal to 6000 drachmas, which was the the daily wage for a worker in the Graeco-Roman economic system that was used in the first century. A talent, then, is to be understood as equal to 16 years, more or less, of a working person’s wages. Five talents equals 80 years of work. For a slave to be given five talents and make that much more while his master is on a journey means there’s a whole lot of injustice and corruption going on.

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Friday
Jun242016

Guest post from the Zapatistas of Chiapas, Mexico

Joint Communique from the National Indigenous Congress and the EZLN on the cowardly police attack against the National Coordinating Committee of Education Workers and the indigenous community of Nochixtlán, Oaxaca.

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