Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bye-bye, Bloglines

Ask.com, owner of Bloglines, has announced that the aggregator will close on October 1. I know that I'll sure miss it. I've been subscribing to my favorite blogs through Bloglines over the past few years.  My blogroll is arranged not alphabetically, but sort of chunked by broad topic: news, politics, Quakerism, anti-torture groups, librarian groups.

Bloglines has kindly provided a way to export my blog list to another aggregator, which will probably be an RSS reader in Firefox. Nothing will be lost, I'm sure, and the export process will give me the opportunity to review my blog roll and maybe eliminate those that I don't read too often.

But I'll still miss you, Bloglines.  Thanks for the years of service!

Update 10/1/2010 -  Bloglines is still online for another month.  Will officially close Nov. 1.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Prayer for 9.11

I recently connected with a group of French Unitarians online.  How I came to know about them is too long a story...but I enjoy reading their newsletter and participating in their forum. And they seem to like having an English-speaking Quaker hanging around :-) There was a request for an English translation of a prayer, and I did my best to rise to the occasion. It occurred to me that, on may levels, it's a very appropriate prayer for today:

Breath of Life, in spite of us,
Breath of Life that believers call God,
Breath of freedom and forgiveness,
You give us life and sustain us in our life’s struggles;
You give meaning to our existence;
You make it possible for us to live and pray together, in spite of our differences and singularities;
We thank You, Breath of freedom and forgiveness, for in You and through You respect and love can exist, always in spite of us;
In You and through You always, in spite of us, we have the power to dream and to work for a new world, a world of freedom, love and forgiveness.

Translated from the French text written by

Paulo Renato Garrochinho and the group of Liberal Christians and Unitarians of Portugal, and presented by the  l'Eglise unitarienne francophone (EUfr)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In other words, walk a mile in their shoes...

 Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.  To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (1Cor 9:19-23)

 The above passage from St. Paul's first Letter to the Corinthians came to mind when I heard  Pastor Terry Jones' plan to hold International Burn a Koran Day on 9/11. Paul, who dedicated his life to spreading the word about Jesus, not only refrained from insulting others' beliefs but put himself in their place, walked in their shoes, became one of them, "for the sake of the Gospel." 

Quite a different approach...