November 7, 2022. The Bigger Issues on This Season’s Ballot (bigger than food and gas prices)
In this meditation we explore some of the big issues at stake in this election: Democracy in America, Social Security, the rights of women to have sovereignty over their own bodies, the right to marry whomever one loves, the rise of fascism and the violence that accompanies it.
November 8, 2022. Governing Humans Is Hard for Humans
Here we explore the difficulties we have in governing ourselves as well as our unfortunate proclivity to violence. We also look at Bible stories which illustrate our difficulties in communication and the violence we sometimes perpetrate even against our own family members.
November 9, 2022. Consciousness & Conscience: The Interior Life of Humans
In this meditation we reflect on the importance of our inner lives. Have human beings lost their capacity to look inward? Matthew Fox looks at the Four Paths of Creation Spirituality as a guide for our inner process. And finally, we have this insightful quotation from Meister Eckhart: The outward work can never be small if the inward one is great, and the outward work can never be great or good if the inward is small or of little worth.
November 10, 2022. More on Humanity’s Interior Life or Lack Thereof
In this meditation we explore sociopaths and those who lack an interior life, a conscience. In contrast, we also celebrate those whose compassion is reflected in their work, and we look at wise quotations about right livelihood, including this one from John of the Cross: My occupation: Love. It’s all I do.
November 11, 2022. Peter Gabel: Pioneer & Prophet in Law & Education
We celebrate the life of Peter Gabel, co-founder of the magazine Tikkun, which is Jewish in origin but ecumenical in practice and firmly committed to social justice. Gabel was a lawyer who questioned the ethics of his profession, wondering whether it was redeemable at all. Notably, he informed us that the “originalist” philosophy of many of today’s Supreme Court justices was never mentioned in law school. Not once.
November 12, 2022. In Memoriam: Peter Gabel, Part II
In this meditation, we further celebrate this good man, called by theologian Cornell West “one of the grand prophetic voices in our day.” Gabel was not only a lawyer, but the dean of New College School of Law and the president of New College for twenty years. He was also the author of several books, including The Desire for Mutual Recognition: Social Movements and the Dissolution of the False Self. He was committed to transforming the practice of law as well as the politics of our country. At his memorial service, people said that he had an inner glow, and that he “brought out the best in everyone.”