Saturday, November 25, 2006

Devinely Inspired Political Action

Here is the link to the page where you can find out about the Faslane 365 Demonstration (365 day non violent direct action based protest outside the Faslane Nuclear Weapons Base)on the 48 hrs that were nominated for Clergy & Laity to take a stand. There is something very inspirational reading their press release about it, and something quietly moving about the pictures. That said, we don't all need to wear a dog collar to stand firm in our beliefs. This leads me nicely into a discovery about the man behind the desk, the president that never was, Mr Martin Sheen who played President Bartlett in the West Wing. The character of President Bartlett had always been a very religious character, and been from catholic extraction. What hasn't been clear is that this is a mirror of Martin Sheen, the actor who plays him. The actor has often been involved in protests against nuclear weapons, in favour of workers rights etc... Beneath is an article from Los Almost National Laboratory News Bulletin about an action he was involved in
Several hundred march to the Lab Several hundred demonstrators organized by Peace Action -- an activist group based in Washington, D.C. -- marched from Ashley Pond in the town site to the Laboratory's main technical area Monday to express their opinion about nuclear weapons and weapons-related activities. The march coincided with the 54th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan. In news releases issued by the group, Peace Action stated that the purpose of their demonstration was to protest the planned manufacture of plutonium pits for the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile at Los Alamos. The Lab's limited manufacturing role is scheduled to begin with an initial stockpile unit by late 2002 and up to 20 pits a year by 2007. In addition to chanting slogans and waving banners, several members of the group came to the Lab to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience. The group had been granted permission to gather for a limited period of time in the parking lot east of the Otowi Building, but group organizers were warned that any members of the group who exited the pre-assigned gathering area could face arrest on trespassing charges. Actor and activist Martin Sheen was the first to be taken into custody for crossing the boundary. Sheen walked to the edge, stepped over quietly, knelt and recited the Lord's Prayer, and walked quietly toward the detention area under escort by security officers from Protection Technology Los Alamos. More than 70 other demonstrators crossed the line and were detained. They were taken back to Ashley Pond and released. The marchers at times were vigorously outspoken, as illustrated by the photo, which shows a member of the group attempting to engage Gene Tucker, deputy director of the Lab's Safeguards and Security (S) Division, into a debate on the value of work at Los Alamos.
Upon a bit of further investigation I turned up this profound interview with him which nails him on his faith and what he believes it inspires him to do. I would recommend you read it all - but I wish to leave you with the following quote from it:
I have a conscience. And I feel moved to be present at various sites to call attention to peace and justice issues. And so I kind of blame it on the Holy Spirit for the route I've taken to these places and asked to just stand to be a presence to the marginal and a voice to the voiceless. And sometimes it's very costly. But it's also very freeing because in every one of the arrests I've been involved in, I have been satisfied in my conscience that I did everything I possibly could, and I did it nonviolently, and I tried to do it humanely and even joyfully. So that's the major criteria I use for involvement.
Take Care Y'All John

Friday, November 24, 2006

Fame At Last

One of my great indulgences is the PM programme on Radio 4. It manages to bring a serious irreverence to the days news, mainly due to the presenter (Eddie Mair) style. They have been playing with a Blog and Newsletter recently and asked for tag lines. I duly submitted mine and can gladly say that if you click here you will find the blog, unfortunatly the day has now passed so it is some elses' quote but click on the graphic at the top of this post and you can view when it was mine. All that now needs to happen is for me to appear on Radio 4 in a news capacity... Take Care Y'All John

Seeing the Whole Picture

Simple post to say that those, like me, who dip into BBC Parliament on Freeview can at last enjoy it in full screen! Retune those boxes now...

State of the (christian) Union

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This is a good summation of the latest twists and turns in the ongoing saga between Christian Unions and their respective Student Unions. I must admit that the more I read about it the more I am thinking that the CUs are suffering from a case of "the lady doth protest too much". If they were open to all to take part and stand in a democratic election it wouldn't matter. Yet by limiting who can do what it goes against the idea of Jesus loving everyone really - or did I just miss the passage in the bible where he got people to sign a doctrinal statement before they could speak about him? Oh and here is a particularily uninspiring comment from the NUS President on it take care y'all john

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Missing Pressumed Squashed

Well today is an interesting day but fustrating day: 1) I have a stinking cold which was no doubt brought on by speaking at Youth Conference.. fine well repeatadly speaking at Youth Conference throughout the w/end. I tried to take some pills this morning but really could swallow at all - hmm all rather grim! 2) My hat has gone awol today and is missing pressumed lost in my room somewhere. Hope your all doing well Take care Y'all John

Monday, November 20, 2006


Just a wee message to say hello to everyone who is looking at this website after the Methodist Youth Conference 2006. Please keep checking over the year to find out what is going on, especialy since you also chose for me to attend Methodist Conference as well! If you prefer, you can (by going to the option on the bottom of the right hand side) sign up for email updates else an RSS feed. Please feel free to leave comments on anything as the comments are open to all, not just registered blogger users. Enjoy Take Care Y'All john If you run a blog/have a myspace blog and wish it to be added to a list i am creating of youth Conference people then please email me the address!

A Whole New World....

Methodist Youth Conference 2006 has potentially re-written youth work within the Methodist Church! This year saw an exciting debate, well as exciting as you can get when issues are raised which don't deal with fundementals, culminating in a near unanimous vote. At the end of the session I was asked, by the Methodist Youth Executive, to read a Prayer. This was one chosen by Gary "the Goat" and somehow, and I supect, by pure chance it fitted perfectly with what we had just been through as a group. It is all about giving a loving birth and the pains associated with it....
In the beginning was God In the beginning, the source of all that is. In the beginning, God yearning, God moaning, God labouring, God giving birth. God rejoicing! And God loved what she made. And God said, 'it is good!' Then God, knwing that all that is good is shared, held the earth tenderly in her arms. God yearned for relationships, God longed to share the good earth. And humanity was born in the yearning of God. We were born to share the earth. Amen Writen by Rosemary Well (Europe area President of World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Methodist Church Women)