Category Archives: Social Justice

Visit to Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

Bret Berger’s and my’s recent trip (July 2017) to Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique,was coordinated by the Carr Foundation.  Greg Carr, founder of the foundation, is a high school friend of Bret’s and his foundation has a 20-year agreement to manage … Continue reading

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Installing Swing Sets in Roma Romania

Recently a friend, his cousin, and I traveled to Eastern Europe to install 2 swing sets in central Romania. The work was coordinated by an LDS service missionary couple.  They lined us up with a British couple working with Roma … Continue reading

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Tom Christofferson: The Strange Odyssey of a Gay Mormon

Tom Christofferson is the brother of LDS Apostle D. Todd Christofferson.  He is gay and 60.  When he and his partner moved to Connecticut, Tom started to renew his interest in Mormonism.  (He had previously left the Church feeling he … Continue reading

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Ammon Hennacy: Catholic Anarchist in Salt Lake City in the 1960s

By Jeremy Harmon, sltrib.com, 24 Sep 2017 Dorothy Day, easily the most prominent figure in the Catholic Worker movement, sent Ammon Hennacy to Salt Lake City to open a homeless shelter. Raised by Quaker parents in Ohio, Hennacy had become … Continue reading

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Traveling to the Highlands above Cuzco, Peru

We had agreed to install playground equipment at a very rural school in the highlands (14,000 feet above sea level) located above Cuzco, Peru (10,000 feet).  It is the ancestral village of the mother of our hosts, the Cardenas-Torres family. … Continue reading

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To Elder Bednar: It’s the Message not the Delivery Method

In a recent press release, the LDS Church leadership (or at least its PR staff) acknowledges the growing problem of Millenials dropping away from organized religion.  Not necessarily from spirituality, but from the formal institutions. The release proposed one possible … Continue reading

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Installing Playground Equipment at an Orphanage for Special-Needs Children

This summer, family members (my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson) and I installed our first playground specifically set up for children with special needs (in this case, severely handicapped).  The work was done at an orphanage in northern South America. Three … Continue reading

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