Tag Archives: Josh Pawelek

Malloy Right About Drug-Law Racism (Letter to the Editor)

(This letter was published in the Hartford Courant on May 21, 2015) I congratulate Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for his bold attempt to address racism in our criminal justice and drug policy statutes, and I am mystified as to why … Continue reading

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It’s All Poetry

 In May I heard a report on the news of a suicide bombing somewhere, maybe Iraq, an enormous number of bystanders killed and wounded, a witness explaining to a reporter through a translator that the bomber had screamed Allahu akbar! … Continue reading

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The Prisoner’s Dilemma: We’re All in This Together!

Two members of a criminal gang are arrested and imprisoned. Each prisoner is in solitary confinement with no means of speaking to or exchanging messages with the other. The police admit they don’t have enough evidence to convict the pair … Continue reading

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Raising Moral Children (in the Era of Katniss, Ender and King Joffrey)

I’m fascinated by the popularity of a series of recent films and TV dramas, based on phenomenally successful books, that depict fictional children living in morally corrupt societies that force them to do morally objectionable things. I’m referring to Suzanne … Continue reading

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Sometimes We Fight (“Drug Free” in America)

Rebecca Parker urges us to “bless the world.”[1] In her 2006 book, Blessing the World: What Can Save Us Now, She tells the story of a time when she and a friend were walking with one of her mentors, the process … Continue reading

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Beloved (Multigenerational) Community

In her December 2013 blog post, “The Power of Our Child Dedication Some Years Later,” Kim Paquette[1] says: “The beloved members of our [congregation] had been there for my children since before that child dedication ceremony, and had lived up … Continue reading

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Surrender: In Search of the Present Moment

“Winds be still. Storm clouds pass and silence come.”[1] This is not the first time I’ve started a sermon with a quote from this particular hymn. It’s not one of those hymns I learned as a child; but it’s become … Continue reading

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Take a Pebble. Drop it in the water. Watch the ripples on the water.

From Hoots and Hollers, the OVEC Blog, January 26, 2014 On January 21, in the midst of a statewide snowstorm, around 200 people gathered for an event: Honor the Waters Candlelight Vigil. Outside the West Virginia State Capitol, alongside the Kanawha … Continue reading

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Confronting Evil: A Role for Violence?

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.”[1] Enduring words from Martin Luther King, Jr.; words that matter to me; words … Continue reading

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