March 2014 Blog Posts (3)

Creating Habits of Community

“God comes to us in the midst of human need, and the most pressing needs of our time demand community in response. How can I participate in a fairer distribution of resources unless I live in a community, which makes it possible to consume less? How can I learn accountability unless I live in a community where my acts and their consequences are visible to all? How can I learn to share power unless I live in a community where hierarchy is unnatural? How can I take the risks which right action…

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Added by Ron Irvine on March 20, 2014 at 8:36pm — 2 Comments

Listening for Unheard Voices

In my work with people with disabilities over the past 34 years, it took me about 30 years to realize the extent to which the dominant society has silenced the voices of the dominated, i.e. the oppressed.

When I say “listening for”, I mean something very different than simply “listening to”. Listening to someone means that they are audibly talking to me and that I…

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Added by Ron Irvine on March 20, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The Power of the Human Spirit

Presuming competence …

… an antedote for marginalization.

… an ally of equality.

… a tool of peace.

When you believe in a person, you awaken the power of the human spirit. Your belief, when clearly expressed, synchronizes with the desires and dreams of the person, and results…

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Added by Ron Irvine on March 20, 2014 at 8:27pm — No Comments

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