Who knew that there was a black market for decreasing your carbon footprint? A sophisticated thief or thieves—the crime takes technical skills to execute—has been removing solar panels from various facilities in the San Francisco Bay area. A suspect is thought to have been selling them on e-Bay, according to InsideBayDaily.com.
The Rev. Robert Certain made headlines in 2006 when he gave a sermon at Gerald Ford’s funeral, saying that one of Ford’s wishes was that we would work toward reconciliation in the church. Certain is in the spotlight again, this time having accepted the invitation to give the invocation at the Republican National Convention.
Michael McGough, writing in the Opinion section of the L.A. Times, observes that the shift in the Republican party during the past 20 or so years has made a curiosity out of what he calls “liberal Republicans” such as Sens. Arlen Specter and Olympia Snowe. He also notes that such Republicans seem to have a tendency toward being Episcopalians, and dryly observes that there are parallels between the demise of these Republicans politically and what’s happening in the church itself.
The end of Benedictine spirituality is to develop a transparent personality. Dissimulation, half answers, vindictive attitudes, a false presentation of self are all barbs in the soul of the monastic. Holiness, this ancient rule says to a culture that has made crafty packaging high art, has something to do with being who we say we are, claiming our truths, opening our hearts, giving ourselves to the other pure and unglossed.