Ordinarily I would not have posted another reflection until the end of the second week in November. But as I stressed last week, we are now in a time of transition and in many ways in an extra-ordinary phase.
The major news outlets announced on November 7th that Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has won the 2020 US Presidential Election and Kamala Harris the Vice Presidential Election. This is a major and significant event. It marks an historic transition for the United States as well as the entire world.
Now we need to put political rhetoric aside for a while and confront polarization with its violent destructiveness. We need thoughtful and respectful conversation and peaceful collaboration – without demeaning or denigrating one another. One can agree or disagree with a former or future president; but we all need to collaborate in constructing and maintaining “the common good.” T.S. Eliot’s words in “Little Gidding” call out to us strongly:
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
In the coming months, I hope to offer clarifying theological and ethical perspectives anchored in ongoing historical research and discovery. I greatly appreciate the observations of all who have journeyed with ANOTHER VOICE so far this year…..That being said, it is time once again for my annual financial appeal.
ANOTHER VOICE is offered without a fee. That will not change. Between now and the first week of December, however, I invite my readers for a contribution to keep ANOTHER VOICE speaking. This annual donation helps cover computer upgrading (needed) and internet and website costs. It is especially helpful because my retirement income is limited and Covid-19 has halted some of my part-time teaching revenue. Small or big I appreciate what you can do.
I don’t use PayPal but here are four ways readers can contribute:
(1) With a US dollars check, from a US bank, sent to:
(2) By ZELLE using: email@example.com
(3) By US bank transfer to:
Account 7519230887 in name of John A. Dick
Routing number 072400052
SWIFT CODE FTBCUS3
(4) By international bank transfer to my Belgian bank:
BNP Paribas Fortis Bank
SWIFT CODE (BIC): GEBABEBB
IBAN: BE83 2300 3923 6015
Many thanks for your support and warmest regards.