Monday, February 19

Obama

Hopeful things happening across the pond with the arrival of Barack Obama on the scene. The cynic in me says he doesn't have the cash to see this early enthusiasm through to the end, but you never know - perhaps the US is ready for him? I'll be watching his campaign with interest. Genevieve sent me this quote from his book, The Audacity of Hope, which I think I'll be reading sometime soon.
"I was drawn to the power of the African American religious tradition to spur social change. [...] In the history of these struggles, I was able to see faith as more than just a comfort to the weary or a hedge against death; rather, it was an active, palpable agent in the world. [...] It was because of these newfound understandings–that religious commitment did not require me to suspend critical thinking, disengage from the battle for economic and social justice, or otherwise retreat from the world that I knew and loved–that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity United Church of Christ one day and be baptized. It came about as a choice and not an epiphany; the questions I had did not magically disappear. But kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side of Chicago, I felt God's spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth."

Shame I don't get a vote...

5 Comments:

Blogger Jamie said...

Thoughts on religion and politics from Obama here

2/21/2007 04:01:00 pm  
Blogger boxthejack said...

It's all gone quiet on the trail?

3/21/2007 01:21:00 pm  
Blogger boxthejack said...

I think he does have the cash by the way. These things are, of course, relative, but he's no novice.

3/28/2007 08:11:00 pm  
Blogger boxthejack said...

Oi, Davies, the world remains interesting. Have you lost interest? Darn Fatherhood, Pastorhood etc.

2/06/2008 10:55:00 am  
Blogger Ludwig said...

It seems he had the cash after all :-)

6/07/2008 08:48:00 am  

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