Living A Plot on a Fenced in Land

The food industry uses food from all over the world.  Ingredients are taken from each continent, in every season. What if religious institution effectively used spiritual resources in the same way to feed the spiritually hungry and those who were dying from spiritual malnutrition?

History was on course, salvation history, with the destruction of organized religion.  Was an event coming which would challenge, threaten the identity of each institution, each individual.

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey found that Buddhists struggle hardest to pass the faith from one generation to the next in the U.S. 

 Silence, Time. Celibate. Alone but not alone.

“Describing an ancient Greek perspective, he explained that fate could be imagined as a plot of fenced land. The individual cannot control where the fence stakes are placed. But every person determines for herself how she maneuvers within the enclosed space.”

Feb. 25, 2005 New York Times

More than 42% of Bolivians live on less than £1 a day and in rural areas the situation is even worse, with nearly three out of five people living in extreme poverty.

 WASHINGTON — More than a quarter of adult Americans have left the faith of their childhood to join another religion or no religion, according to a survey of religious affiliation by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The Pew survey has shown that the unaffiliated tend to be younger than the general public, with 35 percent between ages 18 and 29. And what are the unaffiliated doing with their power, as more young Americans generally enjoy the benefits of advanced education? When at an intersection of youth, as private life and public life collide, this story out of Madison, Wisconsin….

MADISON, WI— The Associated Students of Madison’s Student Services Finance Committee denied the Roman Catholic Foundation-UW-Madison eligibility Monday to receive student segregated funding for the 2008- 2010 academic years.  The SSFC (Student Services Finance Committee) is a committee made up of the University of Wisconsin-Madison students whose task is to make recommendations to ASM (Associated Students of Madison)
Student Council on the allocation of over $32 million in segregated fees. Student Services Finance Committee provides substantial operations funding to student and non-student-run organizations which provide a non-academic but educational service (e.g., tutoring, legal services, multicultural education groups, etc.) to a significant portion of the UW-Madison student body. Money from segregated fees goes to both student organizations, and UW Departments that run non-academic student programming, including University Health Services and Recreation Sports. The money that goes to support student groups is a part of the General Student Services Fund (GSSF).


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    It should be noted that in September 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison of denying funding to student groups that engage in “worship, proselytizing, and religious instruction” is a violation of the First Amendment. The case, Badger Catholic, Inc. v. Walsh, arose when student group formerly known as the Roman Catholic Foundation-University of Wisconsin-Madison (now known as Badger Catholic) was repeatedly denied student activities funding by both University of Wisconsin-Madison and its student government because the group engages in religious speech.

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