The Poem Challenges Torture

Katrina’s Dream published a new poem today by Malcolm Boyd about torture in American prisons.  The poem connects torture in our American jails and prisons with Jesus’ suffering.  The publication is timed to encourage the Episcopal Convention in Anaheim this July to pass a resolution asking Congress to outlaw torture in American jails and prisons. …
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Is Rape Serious?

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Published: April 29, 2009 The New York Times When a woman reports a rape, her body is a crime scene. She is typically asked to undress over a large sheet of white paper to collect hairs or fibers, and then her body is examined with an ultraviolet light, photographed and thoroughly…
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WELCOME DIANA RAMSDELL NEWMAN!

From Sea to Shining Sea by Diana Ramsdell Newman Note by George: This is the first piece by Diana here on Katrina’s Dream web site. I wanted to get this up as soon as possible. In the future we will have a special page (something like “Just Words”) which will focus on Liberty and Justice…
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Bob Coolidge Remembers July 29, 1974

[The Rev. Robert Coolidge was a friend of Katrina and George Swanson at Harvard/Radcliffe in the early 1950’s, graduating with George in 1955. I’m grateful for his sharing these recollections with Katrina’s Dream. Until we got married Katrina was known by her nickname, Keppy. – George] I don’t clearly recall how Ellen and I got…
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Cancel the War for Mother

Mother’s Day Proclamation Thanks to Lydia Thayer for this Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have breasts, Whether our baptism be of water or of tears! Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and…
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The First Mother Priest

Celebrating the First Woman Priest Li Tim-Oi By Mary Frances Schjonberg, May 04, 2007 The Rev. Li Tim-Oi met with then-Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie in 1984. [Episcopal News Service] Special services in the countries where the Rev. Florence Li Tim-Oi, the first woman ordained a priest in the Anglican Communion, began and ended her…
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This is Katrina’s Dream

Today is Equal Pay Day. The date—Tuesday, April 24th—symbolizes the fact that on average, a woman must work for a year and four months to earn the same wages as a man receives in a year. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 made it illegal to pay women less than men for work that is…
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A White New Orleans?

This May Be From Katrina Today, Congress has the opportunity to help thousands of New Orleans residents come back home.  The Gulf Coast Hurricane Housing Recovery Act of 2007 would re-open desperately needed public housing units and make sure there is no loss of affordable public housing in New Orleans. The bill quickly passed the…
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One Beggar to Another

St. Saviour’s is Beautiful People A Sermon by George Swanson Second Sunday of Easter, 2007 Jesus said to Thomas, “Happy are those who have not seen me.” In the name of Jesus, our dead and risen Saviour. Chilton Knudsen, the Bishop of Maine, visited St. Saviour’s this winter. At a meeting before the service she…
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ERA Resurrected?

Do Something Useful for the Majority By Martha Burk The new Congress has been busy, what with scandals in the Justice Department and votes to reign in war spending with some accountability and better training for the troops. Both are good things, and rightly priorities. But both are likely to end with standoffs as they…
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Day Care

Day Care Debate Misses the Point By Ruth Conniff March 28, 2007 From the headlines about the latest day care study you’d think something big had happened. For the report click here; The Fox News story was typical: “Study Links Child Care and Bad Behavior”. Click here for Fox story:  Local television news ran teasers…
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Bishop Katharine, Copy the Brits

Reforming Bishop to Head up Prison Monitoring Group By Ekklesia Staff Writers 21 Mar 2007 A network of prison monitoring groups is to be headed up by the Bishop of Worcester when he leaves his current post. Dr Peter Selby’s move will take place when he retires in September after 10 years in charge of…
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They Get It Right!

Bishops’ ‘Mind of the House’ Resolutions Tuesday, March 20, 2007 [Episcopal News Service] The following resolutions were passed by the House of Bishops March 20 during its annual Spring retreat meeting in Navasota, Texas. Mind of the House of Bishops Resolution Addressed to the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church Resolved, the House of Bishops…
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$lavery Today

Slavery not yet Abolished, Say Archbishops By Ekklesia Staff Writers 17 Mar 2007 Forsaking the formalities of officialdom in their attempt to reach a new audience, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have gone online to talk about the nature of the slave trade in readiness for the Walk of Witness to take place in…
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Flowers of Evil

Most Mother’s Day Flowers Will come from Exploited Workers says Report By Ekklesia Staff Writers 15 Mar 2007 Flowers handed to mothers this Sunday will come from workers in developing countries who have risked their health for unsafe, insecure jobs supplying UK supermarkets, a new report suggests. ‘Growing Pains’ by anti-poverty charity War on Want…
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Sex Trafficking in America

As you read these words a young man is waiting to pick up his next sex slave outside a group foster home near you. He is a pimp. He knows his job. He learned it when he was in jail for dealing drugs. “What you do,” he was told, “is find a group home for…
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What does God want PECUSA to do?

In each generation, the real ‘sacred’ of the Gospel will emerge quietly and gently, usually at the hands of those whom the strongest supporters of the sacred regard as inimicable to faith and good customs. – James Alison in “Faith Beyond Resentment” page 181 James Alison’s many admirers will find in this book [Faith Beyond…
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Democrats: Missing the Boat Again?

Last weekend your fearless reporter was a first time delegate at the 2006 Maine Democratic Party Convention in Augusta. Before I describe the problem, it was a SPIRITED, COMMITTED, EXCITED group of Americans. We are determined to throw the rascals out.  And may do it. Great to be with them. With ONE GLARING OMISSION the leadership…
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Sally Hemings & Her Sisters

“When a woman says no to a man, she subliminally looks death in the face.  Men have not only more physical strength—and the threat of that strength is always there, consciously or unconsciously—but in today’s society of inequality, men usually have more status and power than women.  If women learn not to be afraid of…
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