All this goes on while Judy and I are in a retreat center in Fresno, California, where neither the floods to the west nor the forest fires to the north are a threat. (However, a long-standing drought makes water supplies uncertain.) To be honest, I'm very grateful for this respite from the tensions and information wars of our recent past. But I also feel frustratingly far from being able to keep company with our more directly affected friends and neighbors.
Are you by any chance in Sacramento, California, this weekend? Judy and I will be visiting Friends Community Church Sacramento on Sunday. A week later we'll be visiting Berkeley Friends Church.
Colin Chapman tries "to make sense of Gaza."
A letter from Jean Zaru of Ramallah Friends Meeting.
What Michael Brown's death and the ensuing protests look like in Russia.
"When Black Victims Become Trending Hashtags."
"Taking a break from work is a powerful time of refraining from power."
Alabama Shakes with Steve Cropper, "Born Under a Bad Sign."