I have jsut registered to vote. Having become an American citizen a few weeks ago I delighted that at last I have a chance to express my opinion, small though it may be, in the American political system. However I am really struggling too. The cost of electing a president in America is enormous. The Center for Responsive Politics estimates that candidates already raised half a billion dollars in 2007. By the time the election rolls around in November that figure will probably be well over a billion dollars. Obama and McCain will probably raise at least half a billion dollars each in their efforts to become president and maybe it is because at heart I am still a cynical Australian but I cannot imagine that either candidate will do much to help the poor when they are so beholden to the wealthy who have supported them.
What could we do with a billion dollars? Maybe as my friend Joy Cross suggests we could help end poverty and stop the deaths of 4,000 kids a day in the poorer nations of our world. Maybe we could do something to help the 45 million + people in the US that have no health care coverage and change the astounding fact that the US has the highest infant mortality rate of any industrialized nation. Or we could do something to provide jobs for the growing unemployed in the US – new figures today say that unemployment has risen to an all time high of 6.1% And maybe we could raise the minimum wage to a livable wage so that when those people get jobs they can actually afford to support themselves and their families. Or we could help rebuild the communities that are still struggling with the devastation of hurricane Katrina that has just been added to by the onslaught of Gustav.
What would you do with a billion dollars? And what I wonder would Jesus do with a billion dollars?
Do not miss this insightful and provocative post from my friends Jason and Vonetta Strobakken from Radical Living Community in NYC. This is a first in a series of posts and responses in God’s Politics Blog about the subject of multi-cuttural, multi-racial, multi-ethnic expression in new monasticism.
The key players in New Monasticism have made important strides in raising awareness of issues pertinent to disenfranchised members of our society, yet these leaders often make some of the same mistakes as their conservative counterparts. Read more…
The September MSA Seed Sampler Living Simply With Kids has just been published.
This issue of the Seed Sampler is a celebration of living simply with kids. It serves to recognize intentional parents and provide resources to help you and your family live more simply, too. Included here are lessons learned from a Montana vacation and a year in Denmark, and analysis of children growing up in a consumeristic world, and an interview with a simple-living kid named Catie. Read more
I have spent the afternoon updating my blogroll. Thanks to Sonja Andrews and Lyn Hallewell who have some of the best blogrolls – especially of women bloggers, that I have come across. It was a particular delight to discover Baraka a Muslim blogger in San Francisco. I still need to do some updating of my lists but have a request for help in doing that. What I am still looking for however are African, Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American bloggers to add to my list. I always love to read different cultural and religious viewpoints that broaden my understanding of God and the world that we live in. I think that all of us need to make sure that we don’t just read those that view life and faith from our own cultural perspective. Who do you read regularly from other parts of the world?
Here is a great list of women bloggers that Lynne Hallewell put up on her blog Beyond the Four Walls. I am currently using it to up date my own blog role. If you have others that you feel should be added to this list let me know. Who are your favourite female bloggers?
When I said on twitter this afternoon that I was making chocolate zucchini bread a number of you were interested in the recipe. So here it is. I highly recommend it. I usually make mini muffins rather than 2 loaves of bread.
Title: Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Yield: 48 Servings
1 c Brown Sugar,Firmly Packed
1/2 c Canola Oil
2 oz Unsweetened Chocolate,Melted or 4 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa
1 t Vanilla
2 c Zucchini,Grated
1 t Cinnamon
1 t Baking Soda
1 1/2 t Baking Powder
1/2 c Pecans,Sliced
3/4 c Chocolate Chips
2 c Wheat Flour
1 c All Purpose Flour
1/2 c Yogurt
1 c Apple Sauce
Beat eggs until lemon colored, add sugar and oil and blend together. Add yoghurt & applesauce and mix until blended . Stir in melted chocolate, add vanilla and stir in zucchini. Sift dry ingredients and
stir into zucchini mixture. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Grease
two 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pans. Divide dough between pans. Bake at 350
degrees for 50 minutes or until done. Cool in pans for 15 minutes. Turn
out on cake rack to finish cooling.
If you do prefer use 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa instead of chocolate
Per Serving: 101 Cal (42% from Fat, 7% from Protein, 51% from Carb); 2
g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 13 g Carb; 1 g Fiber;
7 g Sugar; 28 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 51 mg Sodium; 11 mg Cholesterol;
AccuPoints = 2.2