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The vote is power

The suffragettes battled more than seven decades to win the right to vote, writes Elaine Weiss in her book The Woman’s Hour. Finally, in 1920, after the Nineteenth Amendment had passed, Carrie Catt, one of the leading suffragettes, wrote to the women voters of the nation: “Women have suffered agony of soul which you never […]

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Three kinds of patriots

“There are three kinds of patriots, two bad and one good,” said William Sloane Coffin. “The bad ones are the uncritical lovers and the loveless critics. Good patriots carry on a lover’s quarrel with their country.” Coffin was a minister and long-time peace activist.

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Hope

“Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible,” said William Sloane Coffin. Coffin was a minister and long-time peace activist.

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Love and truth

“The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything by love,” said William Sloane Coffin. Sloane was a minister and long-time peace activist.

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Almost 500 petitions

On the first Tuesday of November 1872, more than 150 women around the country, including Susan Anthony, tried to vote. Susan Anthony was arrested, but she didn’t give up. “Failure is impossible,” she told her followers. Finally, in August 1920, Tennessee voted for ratification of the 19th Amendment and women were given the right to […]

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Change?

“What the ego hates more than anything else in the world is to change—even when the present situation is not working or is horrible,” writes Richard Rohr in his book Breathing Under Water. “Instead, we do more and more of what does not work, and many others have rightly said about addicts, and I would […]

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Try and not try

“We must both try and not try, we must both ‘care and not care,’ as poet T.S. Eliot puts it,” write Richard Rohr in his book Breathing Under Water. “By personal temperament, you will start on one side or the other, but finally you must build the bridge between the two.”

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Long term or short term?

“Prevention is physically rewarding in the long term, but not emotionally rewarding in the short term,” wrote Ed Yong in the May 20, 2020, issue of The Atlantic. “People who stay home won’t feel a pleasant dopamine kick from their continued health. Those who flock together will feel hugs and sunshine. The former will be […]

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Holy anger at injustice

May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart. May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom and peace among all […]

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One day at a time

“Health officials are warning that about a third of Americans are suffering from clinical anxiety and depression,” says William Falk, editor-in-chief of The Week in the magazine’s June 5, 2020, issue. “To cope, we have to learn to tolerate great uncertainty, while having faith that scientists will find treatments and/or a vaccine, and this bizarre […]

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