The oppression of women is in high gear everywhere. Currently, in the U.S. exceptional efforts are denying women control of their bodies. This oppression is being enforced by laws and upheld in courts. Those deciding are mostly men. All the while, men have a wide range of choices when it comes to decisions about their bodies—especially white men.
Sitting at an outdoor gathering recently, strong gusts of wind messed with the microphones and blew over a display now and then. Speakers smiled as they spoke of the strong winds.
There is near-universal agreement that the single most effective means to control human population is through the empowerment of women—equal education opportunities to men, equal pay to men, and as much control over their own bodies as men have over theirs. Yet, decisions affecting all of these powers…
Redistribution of wealth has not been taught or practiced in faith communities since the first couple of centuries following Jesus. Acts 4:32-36 is just one biblical example. There, followers of Jesus’ Way have all things in common. Special mention is made of Barnabas, a Jew from Cyprus, because he sold a piece of property and brought the proceeds to the apostles for redistribution.
The World Economic Forum has reported that during the pandemic “… net wealth of the top 1 percent richest households rose by nearly 35 percentage points, compared to a modest 5-percentage-point increase for households in the bottom 50 percent.”
Many people and corporations use their wealth and power to redistribute resources upward, in other words. toward them.