Although I’m somewhat of a spiritual seeker, this blog is not about religion or religious viewpoints. But I confess that I was both incredulous and angry last week when a popular Christian tele-evangelist said that Haiti got what was coming to them. They made a deal with the Mephistopheles? I had to look the word up. Really Pat? You believe that? And you work to bring others around to that point of view?
I admit that I stood on the sidelines and cheered when one Lily Coyle aka Satan wrote a letter back thanking Pat Robertson for the shout out.
Then I heard a local religious leader say something quite provocative. In his condemnation of the Mephistopheles comment, he said that he’d welcome a political leader who instead of saying “God bless America”, asked how America could bless God. Hmmmm. Regardless of one’s faith or viewpoints, isn’t that a comment on servanthood and about taking actions that lead to a greater good?
Participating in Community Supported Agriculture is one way that my family and I work towards creating a healthier community. In Barbara Kingsolver’s recent book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, her husband wrote that if every American ate only one locally grown meal each week, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil weekly. Not to mention that we’d be contributing to our local economies as well as our own health and wellness. Of course, this isn’t a traditional path of servanthood and I’d strongly encourage everyone to seek out additional ways to contribute to those less fortunate but in our consumer society, we often shape community with our purchases. Those actions become our opinions and our votes. This week, seek out a restaurant that uses local produce or better yet, skip the meal and give what you might’ve spent to make a contribution to assist Haiti or another group in need.
What small changes can you make in your consumption that will drive towards a greater good?
- 16 oz vegetable stock
- 2 large carrots, thinly sliced
- 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped
- 1 red onion, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 16 oz. can stewed Roma tomatoes broken up with a spoon.
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp mace
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp ground coriander
- 1 bay leaf
Place all ingredients in a large crock pot and cook on low for 4 – 5 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving. Share with others.