Check out your weekly Newsish Roundup for January 4-11, 2018

In the news today:

  • Spiritual Direction
  • Universal Healthcare for 2020

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Weekly Newsish Roundup for January 4-11, 2018

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Weekly Newsish RoundupHave you ever wondered, why am I here? What’s my purpose? How do I fit in with, well, everything? Well, if you said no, you’re lying. Or your just a really shallow person. But if you said yes, you might be interested in spiritual direction. What’s spiritual direction, Will? Well, according to two spiritual directors I talked to this week, spiritual direction is really just helping someone find God inside themselves.

Now, I know, God is a really loaded term. People might mean a hundred things when they say God from the great and powerful Yaweh to Dwayne the Rock Johnson with his shirt off. But what God really means, according to Laura, is cosmic meaning, the ultimate “why”. And that meaning, said pastor Colleen, is really to be found inside yourself.

Now spiritual directors are not councillors: they’re not giving advice or tools for fixing your family drama or anxiety problem. They’re also not preachers: telling you everything you need to know about god in a nice 5-point sermon.

GOD HATES YOU! Cue the music!

  • Jesus loves you!!!
  • Amen! Amen!

Weekly Newsish RoundupInstead, spiritual directors are really friends, Colleen said, equals, people walking with you and helping you to find god inside yourself rather than telling you how to find it.

Now that all being said, this weekend the directors are having what’s called a “labyrinth”. A labyrinth is a circular walking path at a particular location on which you walk while meditating. The path is a circle, symbolizing the journey into your deepest spiritual self. Then, afterwards, you return to the outside of the circle and use any knowledge you gained in making decisions in right here in this world outside yourself.

So maybe you’re contemplating whether you should change your job. Maybe you’re asking what your purpose is in life. Maybe you just want to be a little bit more spiritual. If so, the labyrinth is this Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm at the Presbyterian Friendship Center in La Grande and you should check it out.

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Do you believe that health is a human right?

Weekly Newsish RoundupWell, a group of La Grande residents who does is advocating locally for a universal healthcare bill to be on the state ballot in 2020. This month Oregon Rural Action will approach both the La Grande city council and the Union County commissioners and lobby for a state ballot for universal healthcare in 2020. Their goal is to get the vote on the ballot, said Bill Whitaker, one of the members, and they’re not the only ones in the state vying for this bill.

The La Grande group is attached to the state-wide organization Health Care For All Oregon, a group that believes that healthcare should be a human right. And society should provide for basic human rights, right?

But who decides what basic human rights are, you might be asking. If I have a right to healthcare, do I have a right to other things as well?

I propose with this here bill that all humans have a right to… popsicles! All in favor? All opposed.

But… What, you don’t like ***** popsicles??

Now, I think most people agree that it’s not the responsibility of the government to provide for people’s popsicles. But when we’re talking about health the question gets dicier. Health is related to survival. And survival is related to people pursuing their hopes and dreams, a right even our own constitution says that we all have. Besides, Bill said, our medical system is broken and with more government healthcare more money goes to actually giving people care

Now, if you agree with this, you should get in contact with Oregon Rural Action, Bill said. They’re going to continue to lobby for this bill, he said, until 2020 at the next presidential election. They can be reached at this number or on their website. But whether you agree with this statement or not, you should comment on this video and let us know your thoughts on the subject.

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