I  asked a question on Facebook August 14th, “What would Jesus say at a town meeting about healthcare reform?”  Here are a few of the responses.  I wrote this article on the 15th but have not had an opportunity to post until today. Please feel free to add your comments.

 1.  Be honest and truthful. everyone.

 2.  Be Healed!

 3. How about “Get those money-changers out of the temple!”

 4. I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly!

 5. He would say that healthcare is a right and not a privilege in this great country of ours. He would say that we are one another’s brothers and sisters and we should all take care of one another. “If you are in pain than I am in pain.”

He would be horrified with the greed and corruption of the private insurance industry today, and the corruption of the private insurance industry today, and the corrupt legislators and the pharmaceutical industry. He would say that we need to even out the playing field and re-define and revamp the system, which means switching the role of the private insurance into a secondary role. They can offer supplemental insurance as they do in other industrialized countries. But other industrialized countries do not make a profit off the suffering of their people and their systems are innovative, and their life expectancy exceeds U.S. life expectancy. We need to cover everyone with good preventative care and changing the system is the way to do it.

  6. get er done

 7. http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3845

This article says alot about the corporate ties between the private insurance industry and media companies. Please read y’all when you have a moment!

 8.  Surprisingly enough, the ONLY people Jesus ever ‘shouted down’ were those who put money or personal welfare above the responsibility of caring for others. Jesus might in fact be shouting at a town hall meeting, but it would be at those who are shouting, selfish, unconcerned and uncaring and not at those who are concerned about people without medical coverage.

 9. Do the best for the least among you.

The blog could actually be a paper for one of my classes but I do not have time to do the proper research. This post was initiated by a Facbook post that generated a lot of conversation.

This will be a collection of my random thoughts about a person of excellence.  Thank you for all of the great conversation and even the challenges to my original assumptions.

My goal is for this short definition to cross all racial, cultural, ethnic, religious and class boundaries. Excellence should not be confused with perfection.  I do not believe anyone is perfect but excellence is achievable by anyone. People of excellence have a core set of values that they embrace and communicate through their activities and disciplines. People of excellence are people of integrity.  Their word is their bond.  They pay attention to details and follow through with projects.  People of excellence are life long learners who seek conversation to expand their horizons and enter conflict to find a middle ground solution. People of excellence regularly engage in self analysis and evaluation to determine if they are on track with their goals and effectively functioning in the communities that they engage.

I know that each of these thoughts can be unpacked with some specificity and this lacks the research to validate each of my claims. I began my thoughts with Leadership: Do traits matter? By Shelley A. Kirkpatrick and Edwin A. Locke, University of Maryland.  Here is the executive overview.

 Executive Overview The study of leader traits has a long and controversial history. While research shows that the possession of certain traits alone does not guarantee leadership success, there is evidence that effective leaders are different from other people in certain key respects. Key leader traits include: drive (a broad term which includes achievement, motivation, ambition, energy, tenacity, and initiative): leadership motivation (the desire to lead but not to seek power as an end in itself): honesty and integrity: self-confidence (which is associated with emotional stability): cognitive ability: and knowledge of the business. There is less clear evidence for traits such as charisma, creativity and flexibility. We believe that the key leader traits help the leader acquire necessary skills: formulate an organizational vision and an effective plan for pursuing it: and take the necessary steps to implement the vision in reality.

 Thank you for continuing the conversation.

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Feet and signs are visible behind a banner as pickets march outside the entrance to Twentieth Century-Fox Studios in Los Angeles as a strike by film and television writers got under way Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. The contract between the 12,000-member Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producer expired Oct. 31. Talks that began this summer failed to produce much progress on the writers’ key demands for a bigger slice of DVD profits and revenue from the distribution of films and TV shows over the Internet. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

This will give us more time to study the scriptures and spend quality time with our families.  This could be the perfect opportunity for a revival.   Prayer groups can conference call, online bible studies can add additional topics, and support groups for people addicted to television should flourish.  This is also a great time to desensitize yourself of all of the pre-advent marketing.

The writers strike gives us insight to the changing world of digital media and its effect on culture.  One of the challenges is that the mainline church has ignored the emergence of this culture and has a difficult time in reaching the masses whose lives are dominated by Iphones, ipods, email, text messages, Facebook.com, video web conferencing  and digitally downloaded movies to 5 inch screens.

Many mainline churches, especially urban and inner city churches,  struggle to hold a conference call, find it difficult to communicate to the congregation through email, don’t have a web site and also do not understand the value of having a web site. Churches that were previously vital and progressive in the 60s, 70s and 80s where the demographics of the community have changed can see the class and the ethnic differences but they miss the cultural shift that has allowed them to become obsolete and lack relevance to the community around them.

The writers strike will affect us.  The question is how will we make lemonade