Sunday, August 21, 2011


Fact: Bisphenol A (BPA), which has been associated with diabetes, heart disease and obesity, is found in the blood of 92 percent of all Americans over the age of five.

Tip: Purchase foods packaged in Tetra Paks.

Even if the FDA isn't paying attention, the media is! | Sarah Janssen's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Even if the FDA isn't paying attention, the media is! | Sarah Janssen's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Smart Woman: Global Mamas

Smart Woman: Global Mamas

UMW National Seminar 2011 at Linn Park

Esmeralda Brown stands at the Gazebo in Linn Park with United Methodist Women in the background.
Polly Pearson made a sign for clean water.

Transformation UMW National Seminar 2011

Put your fears in the Saturday Cave.
Tell your sister she is transformed and anoint her.

The symbolic Saturday Cave.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Busy Day

We had a busy day today. We visited Pratt City, where a tornado had devasted a neighborhood in Birmingham.
We also visited the McCoy Center.

Another stop we made was at the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham Southern College

We are also particpating in Meatless Monday.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Last night we toured the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

It is across the street from the 16th Street Baptist in 1962 church which was bombed. Dozens were hurt. Four girls attending Sunday School were killed.
This man was met outside and gave us a little history. He also said, "No cameras allowed." I took a photo of his back with the Negro League logos.

You can follow some of out lectures and Bible studies here at UMW National Seminar 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Snippets of words that touch my heart at the UMW National Seminar 2011 Birmingham Ala.

I have been posting snippets of sentences that speak to me as I listen to our speakers at the National Seminar.

"Poverty is a slap in the face of God."

Why does domestic violence happen? Because it can.

Batterers are made, not born.

Violence happens with the idea that some should have power and others should not.

The reason people don't see human trafficking is because it is a hidden crime.

U.S. immigration laws are confusing and contribute to human trafficking.

If I give you a ride and you are an undocumented immigrant, I've broken the law...or if I've feed you.

People of the Maldives Islands say two degrees hotter on this earth is suicide for them.

Domestic violence, racism, human trafficking . immigration, climate change and poverty are all intertwined.

Visible power is who is calling the shots.

Invisible powers are people and institutions that shape our beliefs. (Food is power and is intertwined in all of this.


Well, I plan to keep you posted on what's going on next.
Click on the link to live stream

Saturday, August 13, 2011

We are treading lightly on the earth by eating local food

Catfish and okra
Pecan pie

UMW National Seminar 2011

Prof. Cricket's mommy is in Birmingham Ala. to attend the UMW National Conference. The theme is Mission Reconciliation: Restoring Justice, building Community.

I will post photos and other information soon. I need to go to a session.