"If you desire peace..."

If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the field to produce more bread; otherwise there will be no peace.
- Norman Borlaug
from his Nobel Lecture
as quoted on God's Politics

Tech support call

Tech support: What’s on your monitor now, ma’am?
Customer: A teddy bear my boyfriend bought for me at the 7-11.
Source: funnymos.com

The price of freedom

The price of freedom is to allow freedom. Very few people are willing to pay the price.

Word play: Balderdash

The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. One of the winners is: 
Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline. 
The English language needs this...

Thanks to the Episcopal Padre!

Emerson on the envoys of beauty

If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would we believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson,
from his essay "Nature"
as quoted on God's Politics

Hendrix on power and love

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
- Jimi Hendrix
as quoted on Facebook

King on human salvation

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. 
- Martin Luther King, Jr.,
in Strength to Love (1963),
as quoted on Facebook

"All I ask of those in authority"

All I ask of those in authority over me is that they are better at their job than I would be. This is not arrogance on my behalf. It is simply what I need to be able to do my job.

Finland: Vicar in registered partnership

In western Finland, not far from Turku, there is a small municipality called Koski. The parish is, of course, equally small, with some 2.500 members. The vicar, Terhi Latvala, is a woman, and she recently formed a civil partnership with the parish’s youth deacon, another woman called Katri Tuori.
At first, the good people of Koski were stunned, but they soon came to accept the situation. Only a few discordant voices were heard. These were, naturally, the ones that the yellow press seized on.
But the fact of the matter is that the vicar of Koski is a lesbian, living openly with her partner, and no-one gives a hoot.

Good for Koski!

And congratulations to the new partners!

Latvala ja Tuori virallistivat parisuhteensa (Auranmaan Viikkolehti 25.11.11)
Työntekijöiden rekisteröity parisuhde puhuttaa Kosken seurakunnassa (Kotimaa 25.11.11)
Lesbopappi kuohuttaa pikkukunnassa (Iltalehti 14.12.11)
Lesbo kirkkoherra hämmentää Koskella - nai nuorisodiakonsa! (Hymy 15.12.11)

Biblical morning coffee

A couple argued about who should brew the morning coffee. The wife gets really annoyed and says: "Men HAVE to make the coffee. It says so in the Bible!"
Her husband demanded that she show him. She fetched the Bible and showed it to him. At the top of the page, it said "HEBREWS". 
Found it on Facebook.