21 April 2010

The Yes! Digest -- April 21st, 2010


This is: Believe it or not, it's National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day. Really, it is. Celebrate (provided you're not allergic) by making these delicious treats and sharing them with your friends. (It's also the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's death. In honor of him, check out these excerpts from The Diaries of Adam and Eve.)

Spirit food: "A religion that comes of thought, and study, and deliberate conviction, sticks best." --- Mark Twain

Brain food: What does the act of remembering do to our memories? (Hint: we're probably not remembering what we think we are.) (via The Smithsonian)

Young adults today...: understand what the word "socialist" means and "find it bizarre that, decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a political movement [The Tea Party movement] would center itself around opposition to it." (via The Boston Globe)

UU news: The UU church of Bridgewater, Massachusetts is refusing to let its rainbow flag be torn down by vandals. (via Wicked Local)

UU voices: Join Meg at The Weapon We Have is Love as she learns more about the history of Unitarianism and Universalism in America!

A joy: The US Navy, after officially recognizing climate change as a threat to national security, is planning to launch "the Great Green Fleet, a fighting force of ships, submarines and planes powered entirely by biofuels." The Fleet should be operational by 2016. (via The Guardian)

A concern: Famed civil rights activist Dorothy Height, who spent her life working to ensure equality for women and people of color, died yesterday at the age of 98. Ms. Height was president of National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, and retired in 1997. (via The Washington Post)
     Churchy things: In his book My Jesus Year, Benyamin Cohen, who was raised an Orthodox Jew in the Bible Belt of the American South, wonders what it would be like to live as a Christian...and then tries it. Read an except here. (via Religion and Ethics Newsweekly)

    Unchurchy things: "Don't be bungleheads like Alice and Timmy! Have good Facebook manners and the electric friendship generator will be more fun for everyone!" (Is your day in need of brightening? Watch this 1950s-style PSA on social networking etiquette.) (via Bits and Pieces)

    Young adults of note: Danny Sexton, a freshman at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, has founded Concordia Humana, an organization that encourages young adults to help save the world. Concordia's "Donuts for Darfur" program benefits the Jewish World Watch's Solar Cooker Project, which provides women and girls in Darfur and Chad with cooking supplies. (via Tonic)

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