Interdependent Web: If you don’t care about people, it isn’t worth anything

Interdependent Web: If you don’t care about people, it isn’t worth anything

A weekly roundup of blogs and other user-generated web content about Unitarian Universalism.


After she ran out of tears, Kim Hampton wrote about Jordan Edwards’ death, connecting the slow genocide of black babies to the biblical story of the slaughter of the innocents.

If I were preaching this Sunday, I would ask the question…for Black families, where is Egypt?

Where can they go to protect their children from Herod’s (the state’s) wrath? What happens if/when there is no Egypt? How many more innocents (those from marginalized communities) are going to have to die at the hands of the state before the state’s protected members rise up against Herod?

That’s what I would preach about. What about you? (East of Midnight, May 1)

The Rev. Amy Shaw rewrote the Apostle Paul’s famous (and overused) words about love, including the reminder that “You can be brilliant. . . . but if you don’t care about people, all people, it isn’t worth anything.”

If you want to be all that you were created to be, if you want to claim all that is yours to claim, you must claim it for everyone. Recognize the immense good, the immense Love, of which you are a part, and in doing so see clearly all the other parts of that Love. You can see the beauty, and the power, and the immensity, only when you can see the whole. (Chalice Fire, May 3)

The Rev. Ken Beldon reminded himself—and us—that “ The chaos of this particular moment is what happens when unsustainable systems start to learn, fearfully, resistantly, necessarily, that they are, in fact, unsustainable.” (Facebook, April 29)

The Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern recounted a conversation with her daughter, Indigo.

[She] made the wistful observation that a lot of people in history did bad things, like own slaves. I said, “Yeah, Jefferson enslaved people, and he was the one who wrote ‘All men are created equal.'”

She said, deadpan, “Maybe all his slaves were women.” (Mookie’s Mama, April 28)

Kari Kopnick wrote about finding a group of women who understood her—and losing a member of that group.

Middle aged, middle class, white woman from the midwest. Biggest demographic group around, right? Right.

Except for one thing.

No one in my world understands what it is like to be white and have children who are not white, not really, no one but other white mamas of brown babies. (Kari Kopnick, May 4)

Doug Muder explained that cutting rich people’s taxes doesn’t create jobs, because you “can’t base a mass-employment economy on yachts and caviar.”

Right now, cutting taxes on the rich is exactly the wrong thing to do until the distribution of wealth and income returns to more normal levels. Instead, the government ought to be creating jobs by creating customers — even being the customer if it has to. It ought to be raising taxes on the rich in order to buy things we all need: roads and bridges, health care, clean air and water, education, and a 21st-century energy system that doesn’t wreck the prospects for future prosperity. In an economy already too dominated by the top tenth of a percent, that’s the way to create jobs. (The Weekly Sift, May 1)

The Rev. Jim Foti asked, “Who wouldn’t want more of our fellow citizens to have access to life-saving care?”

A lot of people, it turns out. People with power, and people with warped ideas of freedom. People who think freedom from government rules and freedom from paying taxes they don’t happen to like are more important than the freedom to be alive and healthy. (Facebook, May 4)

Foti also asked these challenging questions: “What have YOU accomplished in the first 100 days? How have you spoken up, showed up, lived your life or used your time differently, resisted?” (Facebook, April 28)