Your Most Important Decision

          Tell me, what is it you plan to do           With your one wild and precious life?           The Summer Day by Mary Oliver ____________________________________________ Photograph – [WOMAN … Continue reading

Girl Power

Camfed – Campaign for Female Education – has discovered that poverty is the main obstacle to the education of girls. Research shows that the consequences of not educating girls are not only felt by the individual girls but by the … Continue reading

In Consequence

It’s hard to see the big picture when your head is jammed with the problems of the moment. But the big picture is always there even when our view of it is blocked. The main reason to look at the … Continue reading

7 Billion Butterfly Effects for Change?

On October 31st the population of the world is set to reach 7 billion. Obviously this has implications for all of us. On the one hand, there is no denying that it will be a challenge to feed, clothe, educate, … Continue reading

We are What we Believe

Belief is not just an optional extra – it is the primary influence on our actions. However, sometimes we don’t take enough time to think about what we do believe and so our actions leave us feeling uncomfortable and out … Continue reading

Bystanders – Heroes on Stand-By?

The recent case of Chinese toddler, Yue Yue, who was not only hit by two vans but was ignored in her plight by eighteen passers-by, raises again the issue of how we can stand by and watch as horrible things … Continue reading

Their Future’s So Bright…

There is a college in India that has few parallels in the world of education. In this college you can train to be an engineer, a doctor, a nurse, a computer engineer, a solar expert, an architect – amongst other things. … Continue reading

Charter for Compassion

On November 12, 2009, Karen Armstrong, author, commentator and ex-Catholic nun, unveiled her Charter for Compassion. This is the Charter – The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others … Continue reading

Sacrifice

Sacrifice is defined as: An act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy: e.g. ‘we must all be prepared to make sacrifices.’ (1) Sacrifice is an old fashioned idea.  We associate … Continue reading