February 2017 – Minutes

CLPJ Minutes February 14, 2017
Monticello Room, Westminster Canterbury

Present: Jack Townsend, Chip Sanders, Carroll Houle, Hal Horan, Dave Warren, Peter Weatherly, Diane Murray, John Peale, Bill (Bayard) Catron, Burnie Davis, Gene Locke, Bob McAdams, Chris Murray, Jean Newsom, Jim MacDonald, Melissa Elliott, Warren Grupe   Guest: Cas Bailey, Pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church

Grupe offered prayer, Sanders presided.

The Minutes of January 10, prepared by Horan, were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Sanders read a report prepared by Beard. Since the January 10 balance of 2,071.52, Beard reported an income of 300.00 in dues of 60.00 each paid by Davis, Warren, Catron, Ed and Diane Murray, and Townsend and the expense of an Honorarium of 100.00 paid to Laura Brown as speaker for the January meeting, resulting in a balance as of February14 of 2,271.52.

Old and New Business:

Diane Murray distributed a VFB sheet advertising the two events on Friday, March 24:

“1. “Economic Inequality: Who Profits? What’s at Stake?” 4:00-5:50 PM
      Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th St., NW.
A panel featuring Daniel Hatcher (The Poverty Industry), Thomas Shapiro
(Toxic Inequality), and Jennifer Silva (Coming Up Short) Frank Sesno (Ask More) will moderate

  1. An Evening with Joseph Stiglitz: Economic Inequality 7:00 -8:30 PM
         MLK, Jr. Performing Arts Center, 1400 Melbourne Road

The Nobel Laureate, author of The Great Divide and The Price of Inequality, will examine why inequality has increased in the Western world and what we can           do about it.  Frank Sesno (Ask More) will join Stiglitz on stage for  discussion and questions.

Again, members were encouraged to invite friends and others to the event.

And, again: “If you know someone who would like to attend but needs a comp. ticket, please contact a member of the planning committee: Chip, Peter, Bob McAdams, John, Ed or Diane and arrangements will be made.”  The tickets are available at 5.00 each.

Announcements:

In Memoriam: Paul P. Saunier, Jr., one of our earlier members, died on February 8. A memorial Service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, on Saturday March 18, at 1:00 pm.

McAdams presented a flyer from the Trinity Episcopal Church which read:

“Join us for a discussion of Faith & Race, a podcast interview series designed to help churches of all colors host constructive dialogue about faith, race, and the church. The discussion will take place during FIVE WEDNESDAYS IN LENT (starting March 8th a Soup Supper at 5:45 pm, followed by Podcast and Discussion at 6:45 pm—at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1118 Preston Avenue, (434) 293-3157.”  Bailey made a more personal invitation.

Program: Sanders reviewed More Than Enough: Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess by Lee Hull Moses Westminster John Knox Press, 2016.

The presentation in its entirety at our CLJP website—http://clujp.org/?page_id=367.  Members who could not attend the meeting are urged to link onto it.  Not only does Sanders give a full and comprehensive view of the book, he also introduces it with a fine review of our previous discussions of the issues and national leaders in our common cause for the revival of the American Dream and the goal of greater economic security for the many, not just the few.

One episode in the book that impressed this scribe, was the “Fishes and the Loaves” story that Moses tells of a day of sledding where there were many children and very few sleds.  It was solved by those close to the top of the hill, shouting to the sled owners below to “Pass up the sleds!” providing great fun for everyone.

This was a day when all of us present had to ask the question “What is enough for me.”  The well-off are not just the 1% of the population.  For me, it was a good haunting—how many “sleds” am l hoarding and weighing me down:

“Not everybody can have the most, but everybody can have enough.”
“Live simply so that others may simply live.”
“Jesus started a counter cultural movement known as ‘The Way.’”
(If you are looking for evidence simply read the Sermon on the Mount.)

Weatherly distributed a two-piece sheet with summaries of More than Enough chapters, seasoned with such questions as “Name some things you are grateful for in your life.” and “Name some places in your community you are aware of that showcase inequality.”

In the discussion that followed, members were reminded of such virtues as thankfulness, empathy, humility and generosity.

Having moved into the realm of spirituality, Diane Murray shared St. Ignatius of Loyola’s 400 year old prayer aka the Daily Examen—a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day to detect God’s presence and to discern his direction for one’s daily living.

Both Murray and MacDonald praised the work of David Steindol-Rast for his insight into happiness and gratitude.

Murray encouraged a ink onto Bro. David’s Ted talk— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtBsl3j0YRQ

And MacDonald offered a website that presents a good insight into Bro. David’s life and thought. http://gratefulness.org/brother-david/about-brother-david/

In Bro. David’s TED Talk, this little gem which brings us full circle with Moses’ book—“If you are grateful, you act out of a sense of enough, not of scarcity, and you are willing to share.”

A lively discussion, indeed!

The meeting adjourned at 2:00 pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted

Hal Horan, Recording Secretary

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