Sep 14, 2014

Links from Today's Learning with Pastor McBride










Today's After Birkat haMazon talk "A Prophetic Call from Ferguson... and Beyond" with our teacher Pastor Michael McBride was provocative, well attended, and riveting. He had just returned from Ferguson, and the stories he shared shocked and galvanized us, shaking us like the call of a shofar. Many attendees asked for links to his work and related information.  Pastor McBride is the National Director of the PicoNetwork's LifeLines to Healing Campaign, designed to reduce Urban Gun Violence and Mass Incarceration, a group that has been on the ground in Ferguson and many other sites of violence and racism, bringing peace and hope to many, many people.
  • The PICO LifeLines to Healing website is here
  • To support the campaign, click here.
We also heard from Netivot Shalom members, leaders of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, Molly Shapiro, Kate Smallenburg Burch, Rabbi Dorothy Richman, and Rabbi Michael Rothbaum, ways in which Netivot Shalom can begin to make a difference in prison reform, safe neighborhoods, and schools, all issues related to Pastor Mike's sacred work. We will be learning in an upcoming after Birkat haMazon teaching (with Rabbi Rothbaum) more about California's Prop 47,  as a partner of Bend the Arc in performing the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.
  • Bend the Arc's website is here.
  • To learn about Prop 47 (in advance of the After Birkat haMazon session) click here.



Sep 8, 2014

Our Cellophane Lives

Our Cellophane Lives
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Neat, manicured lawns,
canopies of planted trees,
can only conceal for a time
the raw, untamed life that would otherwise be.

Every shrink-wrapped 'natural' product,
a shadow of a pulse
pretending to be real.

What is true
peeks through
our cellophane lives,
calling to be
unwrapped and realized.

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° menachemcreditor.org
° netivotshalom. org

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