I wrote an article that appeared in Quaker Life Magazine in their January/February 2013 issue entitled, "Are We the 99%?" In this article I mull over a number of thoughts that have been rolling around in my head over the last few years about privilege and how we stand up for our own rights without stamping down other people's rights, to see ourselves as both the "99%" and the "1%," and to be challenged as Friends to believe that through us, God can do something about the economic gaps in the world today. Here's the full text.
In other news, right now I'm teaching a couple classes, planning a 6-year-old birthday party and trying to keep my 2-year-old from getting knives off the counters. (Yes, true story.) My eldest and I are going to Mexico over Spring Break! We'll be helping build some houses and do some other cool work, like building and stocking a costura (small scale clothes-making factory) and building a playground, building and supplying chicken coops for the houses, hanging out with kids and supporting a VBS-type program sponsored by a local church there, and who-knows-what-else. I'm excited to take this trip with my son as he leaves the country for the first time and better understands the question, "Are we the 99%?"