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Glen Pearson

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2018 Wish – Real Democracy

Posted on December 31, 2018

If democracy is rife with anything, it’s opinions.  Social media has only added to that intensity.  Studies reveal that citizens not only hold more opinions but that they are increasingly reticent to change them.  That’s why we’ve been hearing so much in recent years about how it’s growing increasingly impossible to change the minds of others, even when research and real evidence shows they’re wrong. – people just refuse to open the doors and windows to their minds.  Part of that is because social media places us within filter bubbles that only send to us what we agree with.  Another part is our inability to see the broader implications of our views. Politicians are totally flummoxed by this growing reality, unsure of the political terrain and how to remain…

2019 Wish – Faith Groups Cooperate to Face Our Greatest Challenges

Posted on December 30, 2018

The annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland gets widespread media coverage in all corners of the globe.  Most are aware that economic, political and celebrity speakers address the conference, yet few have heard that the Forum earnestly seeks faith leaders to participate and that they are seen as essential to the betterment of the world.  Many toss cold water on the concept of faith playing a prominent role in helping the world with its greatest challenges, but a significant portion of those from fields as diverse as health, climate change, democracy, politics and media are themselves of religious persuasion and they can look past the ills of religious institutions and see their strengths.  For this reason, faith leaders and grassroots religious movements have been provided…

Christmas On The Ground

Posted on December 24, 2018

Christmas not only endures, but frequently transcends the times in which it finds itself.  In Christian tradition, that first Christmas story should have been over before it started.  A pregnant unwed mother has to travel many miles on a donkey, alongside an obscure carpenter that would soon be her husband.  The great political machine decided it was time to take a census and forced thousands of people back to their home villages to be accounted for. To make it worse, they are poor and there is no place for the mother to have her child, other than a small stable for animals. And yet it worked to an astounding degree – just like all the great inspirational stories over the centuries.  Whether they were real or not ends up…

The Art of Making Goodness Attractive

Posted on December 23, 2018

We aren’t forced into doing good. Nor are we legislated or coerced into performing a kind act for others. Rather, we are inspired into it. It might be a holiday song wafting through a favourite store, a Salvation Army kettle attended by a citizen, seeing our kids start decorating the tree, watching a favourite holiday movie, or standing silent as a family looking over a manger scene in our local park – all of these moments, and so many more, arc us towards kindness, generosity, to be more accepting, even committed to being a more compassionate people. But somewhere along the journey we encounter others who call out the best in us and we end up being better as a result. And whether we…

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