August 19, 2011

Your Yoga ain’t $#!& unless…

… or your Judaism, your Christianity, your Buddhism, your Suffism, your Islam, your Paganism, your New-Agism, your humanism, your atheism…

unless you do something about this.

What appears to be the worst human catastrophe in our lifetimes is occurring now and we each have the ability to do something about it.

Twelve million people are facing a hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and they are in desperate need of help. The United Nations declared a famine in parts of southern Somalia, calling for a widespread international response to end the suffering.

Thousands of Somalis have been fleeing the country each week in search of food, water and shelter — many of them walking for days in the sweltering sun toward refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Nearly half a million children are at risk of dying from malnutrition and disease. Relief organizations are calling on the international community to join together to end the crisis, and they’re working to gain entrance into areas with limited humanitarian access. 

Over 29,000 children under the age of 5 have died in just the past few weeks and 640,000 are severely malnourished which suggests the death toll will rise even more.

There are ways you can help.

This link provides MANY ways we can make a difference.

In addition, if you want to give serious $, consider doing so through UMCOR. Unlike most big name charities, 100% of every dollar that is donated to UMCOR goes solely to direct aide on the ground (administrative expenses are covered through other sources).

Parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are facing one of the worst droughts in 60 years, and more than 12 million people are desperately in need of food, clean water and basic sanitation.

Despite the urgency of the situation, most world leaders are responding too slowly. Immediate aid is essential. Yet at the same time we must not let them drop the ball on long term solutions as has too often happened in the past.

Here’s a Petition to consider signing to urge world leaders to act.

If you do nothing else, here’s a really simple, and free, way to make a small difference.  Click on this link once each day to provide 1.1 cups of food to needy people in that region. Seriously, if we can log onto our computer to check our email once a day, we can do this.

The true test of spiritual practice is how we respond in situations that warrant compassion – and action.

May we all pass with flying colors.


Roger is a yogi, a progressive Christian, and the author of Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity

see also this fine article by Elephant contributor Amanda Ramcharitar

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Sol Aug 22, 2011 2:23pm


What we nd is a move to a more intelligent resource management system. There is enough land, resources, and technological know-how to provide for ALL the world's people. There just isn't enough MONEY! Resource Based Economy FOR THE WIN!!!!
http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com http://www.thevenusproject.com

anna Aug 20, 2011 3:41am

Wait! Think before you act.

People have good intentions and want to help those who are suffering. Their intentions speak to their kindness. But as the saying goes, "Beware of those with good intentions."

Famine is a symptom of the drought.
Drought is the disease.
Climate change caused the disease.
Chances are, you caused climate change.

More importantly, the drought extends beyond the borders with Somalia, yet the famine ends at the borders. Why? Broken politics, a broken marketplace and learned helplessness.

History has shown that warlords exacerbate starvation to profit from the deluge of donor.
History has shown that donor aid kills the one thing that can prevent future famine, a thriving market.
History has shown that donor aid fosters aid dependency and learned helplessness.
History has shown that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Good intentions are not enough. They are dangerous.

There is a growing chorus of African economists who are begging us to stop sending aid.

Heed their call.

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Roger Wolsey

Roger Wolsey is a free-spirited GenX-er who thinks and feels a lot about God and Jesus.

He’s a progressive Christian who identifies with people who consider themselves as being “spiritual but not religious.” He came of age during the “Minneapolis sound” era and enjoyed seeing The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Husker Du, The Wallets, Trip Shakespeare, Prince, and Soul Asylum in concert—leading to strong musical influences to his theology. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Roger is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and he currently serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at C.U. in Boulder, CO. He was married for ten years, divorced in 2005 and now co-parents a delightful 10-year old son. Roger loves live music, hosting house concerts, rock-climbing, yoga, centering prayer, trail-running with his dog Kingdom, dancing, camping, riding his motorcycle, blogging, and playing his trumpet in ska bands and music projects. He’s recently written a book Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity