Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Atheists launch ad campaign targeted at children
Billboards, bus sides and social media ads ask kids if they're too old for imaginary friends.
- Stoyan Zaimov
- United States
- November 15, 2012
"Whether they already made up their minds to reject supernatural explanations, or are just questioning, it's time to make available an online resource that's built just for kids without God," Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, said in a statement.
"These kids may be from traditionally religious families, or from families like that of President Barack Obama, whose mother was a secular humanist. KidsWithoutGod.com will be a friendly online community for kids who might be too shy to ask an adult directly what it's like to be good without a god."
The campaign website tells kids who are "without God" that they are not the only ones. The ads feature young teens looking dismissively at a finger pointing at them from the clouds, presumably God, while the text reads "I'm getting a bit old for imaginary friends."
The new billboards by the American Humanist Association will be appearing on 140 Metro buses in Washington D.C., and will cost the organization $30,000. The group will also market the kids' campaign on big social media websites such as Facebook, Google and YouTube. The AHA was previously rejected by a website run by Disney and National Geographic because of the content of its ad.
"With the plethora of websites geared toward teaching kids about Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, we're pleased to add humanism to the discussion," said Speckhardt. "Kids should know there's another way to learn about morals and values â€“ it doesn't need to come from traditional religion."
The atheist campaign, which is also aimed at teens and parents, features sections on the KidsWithoutGod.com website explaining the humanist worldview. It states that its mission is to "bring about a progressive society where being 'good without God' is an accepted way to live life."
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Source: Christian Post