Leaping from Our Spheres
Twenty years ago I was spending most days under the gold dome of the state capitol in Atlanta. The dome is literally gold, mined in Dahlonega, Georgia, site of the first major gold rush in this country in 1839. Every morning I would don my dress for success—or at least gravitas—suit, my black pumps, my conservative jewelry purchased at a major department store counter. Took the rapid transit to a station directly across from the imposing building. Continue reading
The anniversary of Roe v. Wade is right around the corner. UUs have played an important role in the struggle for reproductive rights. We continue to face a strong anti-reproductive health movement from the right. At the same time, we are called to be intersectional in the way we think about issues. How do we do that? We need to take our lead from women of color—leaders of the reproductive justice movement—who have a clear vision of the links between reproductive, race, environmental, class, LGBTQ and disability issues.
A female actor in her late fifties is offered a small part in what turns out to be potentially the biggest box office movie ever. She reprises the role that propelled her into stardom more than 30 years earlier: albeit much older, sadder and wiser. While her male co-star, also returning to a part that fast tracked him into Hollywood fame, is given a generous pass for his inevitable aging, she is not.
She is called old and unattractive. She is body shamed.
Colleague UU minister Meg Riley, who serves our Church of the Larger Fellowship, has been sending out morning conversation starters to her CLF Monthly Theme Discussion Group around this month’s theme of hope. Where are the sources for us, personally, and for an especially battered world in 2015? One of them was the hope she finds in teamwork, the strength of collective power—as she wrote—collective joy. Continue reading
A recent article in the science section of my daily newspaper examined the phenomenon of high tech artificial friends for the aging—the ranks, as the story noted, of older and frail adults who are alone and often lonely, still in their own homes. Many, if not most of them, female.
The University of Illinois has received a $1.5 million grant to at least explore the idea of creating small drones that will assist in simple household chores. These robots and innovative internet-connected technologies, such as programmed Skype connections, are being developed to meet both the crucial practical and social needs of a rapidly increasing population.