This week: “LOVE is our Soul Purpose”
Get inspired by two remarkable soul-filled social justice women warriors!
In stark contrast to many purported leaders who seem more than willing to compromise their core values for expediency, power or self-interest, here is the real deal.
While from different eras; one is 80 and the other is 16, each with a different cause; abolition of the death penalty and the climate crisis, you can’t help but be inspired by how each of them in their own right embody passion, purpose, authenticity and integrity- rare qualities in today’s leaders of any stripe.
Don’t miss these incredible stories by inspiring women, daring to be themselves, daring to be different, and in turn daring us to unleash our full potential attending to the broader concerns of all humanity…
Sister Helen Prejean on Fresh Air with Terry Gross
“I read scripture to them. … All I knew was: I couldn’t let them die alone.”
Prejean is best known for her 1993 memoir, ‘Dead Man Walking,’ about her role as a spiritual adviser to a convicted killer on death row. The story was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Prejean has accompanied six prisoners to their executions and has been at the forefront of activism against the death penalty. Her new memoir, ‘River of Fire,’ details her spiritual journey up to that point.
This interview captures what real spirituality looks like when put into practice.
BTW, John Powers review of the documentary ‘Honeyland’ at the end is awesome too!
16 Year Old Greta Thunberg’s Zero Carbon Journey: ‘I might feel a bit sea sick’
“By Stopping flying you don’t only reduce your own carbon footprint, but that also sends a signal to other people around you that the climate crisis is a real thing”
Climate change activist Greta Thunberg will spend two weeks travelling across the North Atlantic on a boat with no toilets, kitchens or privacy.
Greta, 16, has stopped flying due to environmental reasons, but is due to attend a crucial climate change conference in New York.
She told the BBC that travelling by boat sends a signal that “the climate change crisis is a real thing”.
Electricity on the boat will solely come from wind turbines and solar panels, meaning the journey has a zero carbon footprint.
Here is Greta’s short speech to French Members of Parliament urging them to unite behind the science of climate change:
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“An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns
to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.