April 2016 – Minutes

CLJP Minutes April 12, 2016
Monticello Room, WestminsterCanterbury

Present: Taylor Beard, Chip Sanders, Carroll Houle, Hal Horan, Bob McAdams, Dave Warren, Peter Weatherly, Jim McDonald, Carol Muntz, David McFarlane, Bill Gray, Ed Murray, Diane Murray, Phil Best Jean Newsom, Warren Grupe, Jean Hammond

Best’s guest: Bill Weimer

Horan opened the meeting with prayer with Ed Murray presiding.

The Minutes of March 8, prepared by Horan, were approved.

Murray began the meeting by passing a get well card for all to sign for John Peale who has been improving in his bout with pneumonia in the Westminster Canterbury care center.

Murray also voiced concerns about the future of CLUPJ involving the need to fill leadership slots and finding ways to double the attendance at our monthly meetings. He also declared that the Coordinating Committee would convene in the coming week to discuss these matters as well as dealing with the Forum Proposal (See attachment) as well as other issues raised at last month’s meeting.

McAdams announced the following:

On Sunday, April 17th, at 3:00 PM, Dr. Willis Jenkins will speak on “Pope Francis in the Global Climate Dialogue“. Dr. Jenkins, Associate Professor of Religion, Ethics, and Environment at the University of Virginia, will explore Pope Francis’ surprisingly significant role in raising moral questions related to climate change and the environment. This event will take place at ThomasJeffersonMemorialChurch on Rugby Rd., is free and open to the public, and presented by the local Chapter of the United Nations Association. For more information contact Susan Roberts at sgwroberts@gmail.com.

Program: Diane Murray introduced our speaker, Donald E. Nuechterlein, retired diplomat and political scientist who has served in several embassies and taught in universities at home and abroad, and authored numerous books and articles.  For much more information, including books and articles written, check out his website at www.donaldnuechterlein.com.

Nuechterlein described American foreign involvement as one that ebbs and flows between engagement, influencing other nations with democratic ideas and policies when we are feeling prosperous and powerful and retrenchment when we believe ourselves to be less prosperous or find ourselves facing social upheaval.  Thus after World War II we felt so strong we could remake the world with such massive efforts as the Marshall Plan.  But following the Korean conflict, there was a period of retrenchment, and the need to improve things at home, such as work on our infrastructure and building a federal highway system.  Again in the 1960s under Kennedy and LBJ there was another effort to make America safe for democracy, followed by the Vietnam debacle and Nixon’s opening of commerce with the Red Chinese.  Another retrenchment occurred during the Clinton administration following the collapse of the Soviet Union, when we enjoyed a surplus and a balanced budget. Then the Bush administration, following 9/11, and influenced by the neo cons tried its hand a nation building in Iraq with consequences so far flung that the Obama administration has found retrenchment and nation building at home to be most difficult.

Nuechterlein is on the whole optimistic about our future hegemony, noting that we remain the most militarily powerful nation, with the strongest economy, still with many nations expecting and desiring us to exert a strong moral influence.

Following the usual lively discussion, the meeting adjourned at 1:40 pm. with Murray offering a prayer/blessing.

Respectfully Submitted

Hal Horan