Catholic Women Priests

I heard about this in an announcement in church this morning, then saw it in a Salon article. In Pittsburg, a number of women are going to be ordained as priests.

Declaring herself "present" (in Latin, ad sum), each of the 12will be ordained priests or deacons by women bishops — themselvessecretly ordained to the episcopacy by active Roman Catholic malebishops whose names will remain locked in a vault until they die.

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Oil and Water

As the events of Israel's war in Lebanon, as well as the US war in Iraq, and interest in Iran and Syria play out, and the rhetoric of “war on terror”, or “sectarian violence” get bandied about by just about everyone, it is critically important that we understand something. The major underlying factor in all of this, really, is the conflict for dwindling, but essential resources.

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Children die in war

I have been watching what has been happening in the Middle East with real sadness. I sat across a cafe table with a friend of mine with tears in her eyes. It is heartbreaking, from the children being killed, to the effects it has on people from a distance.

This crisis is, in some ways, thousands of years in the making. But it is also very much a product of a troubling combination of neoconservative viewpoints about Middle Eastern hegemony, and an  apocalyptic Christian worldview that sees this conflict as inevitable.

All the while, children die.

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New Name

Well, working with someone who had a visit by the naming fairy sure did help. The new title of the blog is meant to reflect both the varied kinds of things that I write about here, as well as the fact that I am very interested in the intersections of things, where things meet. And, it's a cool word. Back to our regular programming…

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Oil Sands

Some say that the oil sands in Canada will be an answer to our dependence on Middle Eastern oil. It appears that this could be true, but at an enormous environmental cost. That link above to the Wikipedia article details some of the issues, and a new article in Energy Bulletin (something anyone who is at all interested in energy issues should read) is pretty damning.

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Environmental tidbits

Here are just a few tidbits from the environmental front. First, it's probably best for the environment to turn off the air conditioning. It's a hard one, I know, I'm not a real fan of heat. I just spent a long time in an air conditioned car. I can't imagine, though, doing that trip without air conditioning. I guess driving at night is one way to do it.

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Hitting 10,000 and the naming fairy

I've finally done it. In a bit over a year, I've had more than 10,000 page views (actually, it now stands at 10,172.) Somehow, that feels like somewhat of a milestone. I still enjoy writing the blog, and still feel gratified when I hear that someone reads it, and likes what I write, so I'll hope for another 10,000 this coming year.

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