Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Genocide

Good things are happening toward advancing our projects!

I have scheduled a personal meeting in the "Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide" at the U.N. in NYC! (I will be there in Mid-October - specifically at the U.N. on Thursday, October 15th!)

We have had an initial meeting with the two persons within the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System of libraries - one meeting about our April 2010 Genocide effort and a second meeting coordinating toward the possible public screening of the film "Pray The Devil Back to Hell." The film is not *precisely* about Genocide, but it involves the unique role of women who forcefully but non-violently prevented mass slaughter and violence in the country of Liberia.

More news and details to come later!

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thinking about recycling and genocide . . .

One of the realities for the leadership team working with the Eupan Global Initiative has to do with attempting to discern what *specific* tasks or goals we want to achieve. There is so much that can be done towards making the world "good for all" that it is difficult to narrow-in on a few issues. But, here is a list of two *specific* things that the leadership of EGI wants to focus in on in.

(1) Recycling and practices of recycling in our local community remain - well, "behind the times." And, more than just being "behind the times" - we are cognizant of the fact that recycling is a practice that people develop as a habit over time. Hence, the urgency of helping people make conscious decisions to recycle instead of "just throw it all away" becomes something that will be a long-term commitment. As a result, we will continue to work in the next few weeks and months - toward helping our local community focus on recycling efforts. But, we will keep this as a long-term sustained goal for our local efforts. We continue to press local city leaders to plan toward new practices for city-wide recycling efforts. We will continue to inform local citizens, as well, about how and why they should recycle. We believe daily practices of recycling can cause us to think about larger social and global issues of sustainability - including working towards precycling!

(2) Sometimes "things happen" in life that bring a certain sense of external pressure to matters in life. For me, Marty, this has been true over the past several months with regard to issues of genocide - including the response (or lack of response) by church persons to think through issues involving genocide. After a series of insightful presentations and shared reading at a Seminar this summer at Calvin College, I returned to my work as a University Professor to discover I was scheduled to teach two separate sections of Professional and Graduate Study students on issues of Antisemitism and the Holocaust. Each time I teach this course, I use the final class sessions as a lens by which the Holocaust can be used to frame other events of Genocide in our world. As a result of these issues, and in consultation with the leadership of the Eupan Global Initiative, one of the issues we will begin to work for now, towards 2010, is helping our local community become more globally aware and socially involved in issues of Genocide. Our specific agenda items for this Fall will include working with any and all local libraries (University and our Metropolitan Library System) and local booksellers, to prepare for April 2010 as Genocide Prevention Month. Our advance planning toward this should allow plenty of time to collaborate with librarians and scholars around Oklahoma! This is our most immediate project. Resources that will aid us include material from the Genocide Prevention Month website - but we have some other ideas working as well.

If you would like to join us - we welcome you to our next leadership meeting in early October. Please email mmmichelson (at) snu (dot) edu for more information!

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Today - September 21st - is PEACE Day!

Here is a day worth noting!

Welcome to Peace One Day!


Person by person, piece by piece, we can make peace by peace.

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sustainability On Film - in Oklahoma City!

My wife and I - along with family and friends - have participated in many great events at the Oklahoma City Museum of Modern Art over the past several years. What a delight that they are presenting a September 2009 series on "Sustainability."

They note:

As our economic, social and environmental activities become increasingly integrated on a global scale, the human species faces unprecedented challenges. In the wake of the groundbreaking documentary An Inconvenient Truth, filmmakers have been examining the complex issues facing our species and planet: climate change, dwindling natural resources, population growth, economic crises, and political conflict. Along the way humans are finding innovative, simple solutions from growing their own food, to green building, to developing new forms of renewable energy. These films explore how we meet our needs in the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Join us Sunday after the final screening for a panel discussion with local experts on how Oklahomans are dealing with the global issue of sustainability.


Go to the website for the OKMOA for more information!

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Jubilee = Good!

The idea of releasing persons or nations from unbearable debt is an important concept. To this end, please be aware of a local conference (for Oklahomans) that will educate - and perhaps inspire - toward greater understanding.

Jubilee USA

You are invited to join Jubilee USA Network for a day of inspiring speakers, educational workshops, and advocacy training sessions on international debt relief as a tool to fight global poverty. The conference will feature a leading African civil society advocate along with national and local experts and advocates on global hunger and poverty issues.

The conference will explore the potential of debt relief to fight poverty in poor countries, and the biblical Jubilee call for debt cancellation and right relationships among peoples and nations. The conference will also include skill-building workshops on effective advocacy and building a global justice ministry in your church or community. Join us to broaden your understanding of our place in the world’s global village!

When: October 24, 2009
Where: Oklahoma City University, 2501 North Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, OK

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.