Archive for March, 2008

Certified

March 29, 2008

Over the weekend of March 23rd & 24th Judy took, and passed, her Open Water Scuba Certification Course.  Yeah!

 

Here she is at a dive site called “drain pipes” in Hilo, HI.  It was a great dive.

 

 

Judy and I are looking forward to diving more sites around the island.

 

Peace, Paul 

On the Farm

March 17, 2008

After much torrential rain, we are now in a drought.  What survived the deluge is now wilting under constant heat of clear dry days.

 

However we are trying to take advantage of these weeks of dry weather.  We have cleared the “Peace Trail”, repaired the road by pouring concrete and laying down fresh gravel,  installed a new solar panel on the main house (effectively doubling our photovoltaic wattage), replaced and shifted batteries around the farm (heavy!), assembled a new “carport”, undertook some spring cleaning (We found the breakfast table and a whole new room – really.),  painted new peace placards (of course!), and continued our many peace activities (vigil-ing, protesting, community organizing, networking, letter writing, and keeping the heat on our various elected officials).

 

March 19th will mark the 5th year of the war in Iraq.  Interestingly this “anniversary” falls in the middle of the Christian holy week.  It is the week that Jesus marches into Jerusalem to face the worldly powers of his world – Rome and the Temple.   As a result of this confrontation, sedition in the eyes of Rome, Jesus was tortured and executed.

 

The question that should be before all Christians this week is:  What meaning does Jesus’ life and death have for a country that is at war?  Is the killing of 100s of thousands of Iraqis – men, women, and children – really the “fruit” of the Christian tree?

 

Many would argue that Christianity has nothing to do with this war.  Perhaps they would be right in arguing that proper belief is all that is required of Christians.  The life and death of Jesus has meaning only for those concerned about the afterlife and the state of their “souls”, and not for our lives lived in society.

 

If this is indeed the case, and there is much evidence to suggest that it is, what need do we have for churches at all?

 

Peace, Paul