CF100: 2016 06 05 – Creating Peace & Dying on Mars

Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday edition while the on-line comments are available a day or two before. This week my Mars pieces was selected for publication.

What was the biggest story of the week?

Remembering those killed in our country’s wars causes me to reflect on the ultimate purpose of those wars, a just and peaceful world. Our Unitarian Universalist Association adopted the 4-page Statement of Conscience “Creating Peace” in 2010. Recognizing our diverse opinions, we found “we all agree that our initial response to conflict should be the use of nonviolent methods” and “we repudiate aggressive and preventive wars, the disproportionate use of force, covert wars, and targeting that includes a high risk to civilians.” We honor both those who serve and conscientious objectors and still find we have significant common ground.

Read the entire 4-page Statement of Conscience “Creating Peace.”

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

He would “like to die on Mars, just not on impact.” Elon Musk of SpaceX reaffirmed his goal of landing humans on Mars in less than a decade and has outlined the steps that must take place first, including reliable cargo flights. Online comments call the plans everything from inspirational to insane. It reminds me of growing up in the 1960’s when my dad and aunt had a friendly wager on if and when humans would walk on the moon. The increased frequency of launches from our Space Coast put me in the inspired category.


The series focuses on state and local news.

Read the Sentinel’s introduction to the series

Read my first post on the series.

My posts related to this can be found using the categories in the right sidebar. Click either Central Florida or Current Events.

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