Welcome to Explorations in Just Living--the blog of the Enough for Everyone program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). By "just living" we mean two things: embodying God's call to justice in our daily lives and "living simply so that others may simply live." We look forward to exploring with you.
In January we are sponsoring a Delegation to Nicaragua. Participants will have the opportunity to experience Nicaragua, Fair Trade and the church's work there firsthand.
January 16-23, 2010
This delegation is perfect for anyone involved in a congregation, college or camp that uses Fair Trade or Sweat-Free Ts, has hosted a holiday bazaar using Fair Trade products, or simply wants to learn more. Delegates will:
Meet Fair Trade farmers and artisans
Pick coffee and say in homes of farming families
Meet the women who sew Sweat-Free Ts
Build community with fellow Presbyterians
Learn about Nicaragua, Fair Trade and more!
The trip is sponsored by PC(USA), Equal Exchange, and CEPAD (the council of Protestant churches in Nicaragua).
Applications are due Nov 20. For info and an application contact (774) 776-7366 or email@example.com. Some scholarship assistance is available.
Please consider joining us and pass the word to others who may be interested!
PS: The cost is $525, plus airfare. The $525 is all-inclusive of meals, lodging, translation, in-country transportation, etc. The only extra needed is a small amount of spending money for snacks or souvenirs.
Last week I started riding the bus to work again. I recently moved, and I truly enjoy the walkability of my new neighborhood and its proximity to almost all the things I need. The bus line is one.
On a typical morning these days, I find myself walking down my new street to the bus, marveling at the gorgeous colors and breathing the crisp air of Autumn. It's a short walk and in no time I'm at the bus stop, where there is a bench and pretty landscaping. Sometimes I just look around and wait, taking in my new neighborhood, and sometimes I read. On the bus I can mentally prepare for the day, read, meditate or pray. If I plan ahead I find that I can even get a few things done.
Sometimes, too, I run into a co-worker or friend, which provides an opportunity to visit and catch up. Sometimes I chat with a stranger or realize that faces are starting to become familiar. I feel a sense of community interacting with the people around me - I'm not isolated in my car. I'm also saving gasoline and money, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and decreasing my chances of injury (and insurance rates going up) by having an accident. The whole experience provides so many benefits.
But perhaps my favorite thing about riding the bus is that it carries me. Riding the bus seems to evoke the sensation similar to what my body remembers from being carried and held as a child. It's a nice feeling to just be carried along, free from having to drive, worry about traffic, feel hurried, and find a parking place. I simply get on board and sit, allowing the big long box that is the bus carry me safely to my destination. It's a part of the day I don't have to worry about; I can be present and simply enjoy.
Sure there will be days that I will drive my car, and some days (when the weather is nice) I will ride my bike. Who knows, one day I may even walk the 3.6 miles to work! But for now, I'm lovin' the bus.