On the one hand, you should know that families are eating, people are becoming healthier, and in a land where the literacy rate is spiraling downward, we've tripled the rate of La Borgoña students attending secondary school and doubled the rate attending college. On the other hand, introducing resources and opportunities creates the possibility for jealousy, dependency, misunderstandings, misappropriation of funds, and undue authority being centralized in the hands of those who manage the resources we provide.
We're completing the fifth year of the effort the Nicaragua committee asked LUMC to embark upon. We're critically evaluating the impact of our assistance, examining the issue of dependence/independence, and trying to craft a proposal for the future relationship between La Borgoña and LUMC. In May or June, I plan to issue a report reviewing the many aspects of our relationship since 1991.
“JEWISH VOICES ON PEACEMAKING IN THE HOLY LAND”
The conference will feature Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom from the Rabbis for Human rights, Jerusalem; Prof. Norman Finkelstein of DePaul University; Prof. Norton Mezvinsky of Central Connecticut State University; and Carolyn Toll Oppenheim, director of Friends of Open House.
To register or obtain more information, one can go online at www.sbsedu.org or contact the Society for Biblical Studies at 781-641-4453. Advance registration is $40 and on site registration is $50.
The Outreach Committee wants to help by introducing LUMC-ACT! This is the name of a list of postal, e-mail, and web addresses, as well as phone and fax numbers, of our federal and state politicians who need to hear from us on matters we consider urgent. It consists of a page of federal officials, senators, and congressmen, and another with local state politicians. In addition, there is a page listing URL web addresses for Internet Resources On Government, Elections, and Peace.
Where will you find LUMC-ACT? On the LUMC web site, of course, through the courtesy of our webmaster, Rainer von Saleski! Just visit www.lexumc.org/LUMC-ACT.htm. You may copy and paste names and addresses from this list into your word processor, or use the active hyperlinks to send quick e-mail messages or visit web sites. If you would like a hard copy, it’s in the March newsletter, and the entire file may be downloaded in Word 2000 format.
Please check out this new resource and give us your feedback! We would appreciate your comments that would make it as useful as possible.
—For the Outreach Committee by Bill Santelmann