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Apr 17, 2014

New LPF Resource Offers Inspiration from Women


"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver." 
Proverbs 25:11 (NRSV) 

King Solomon, author of Proverbs, wanted his people to "be understanding, just and fair in everything they did." (Proverbs 1:2,3, Living Bible). In this spirit, LPF's Women Initiative has compiled a new four-page resource, "Inspiration from Women." It is the final resource of five proposed for the Women's Resources series launched in mid-2013. Along with two litanies, it includes quotes such as:

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Effective people rarely sit back and let things happen.
 They go out and happen to things.
 Elinor Smith

Collecting encouraging quotes is an LPF tradition (see our Peace Deck). As LPF coordinator Glen Gersmehl says, "Quotes are helpful when they speak of truths that might be easily lost in our busy lives. They are brief, clever and/or witty enough to stand out and to remember later. I like to think about them in otherwise wasted moments, like waiting in a grocery or bank line. And they can remind us that we share visions for peace and justice with a whole community of people."

-- Lily R. Wu, LPF board member for the Women's Initiative

P.S. It's hard not to keep noticing concise insights even when our resources have gone to press. Here's another, from MORE magazine (Dec 2013/Jan 2014): British Journalist Caitlin Moran gives this advice to her daughter on the eve of her 13th birthday. "Life divides into amazing, enjoyable times -- and appalling experiences that will make future amazing stories."

Apr 3, 2014

Climate change ‘makes violence likelier’

Scientists say there is a direct link between changing climate and an increase in violence. As the food supply dwindles, the poor will be hit hardest, but we'll all be affected as the world becomes more unstable.
Hundreds of the world’s top climate scientists are in agreement: climate change is happening, we’re already feeling its effects and it’s only going to get worse. The newest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gives “the starkest warning yet” of global warming’s impacts that will worsen societal problems that we’re already facing....

Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come