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Today, as I read Father Richard Rohr, I wondered about the closing of ranks around particular ideologies rather than opening up to the diversity of thoughts. He provided no particular quote in his reflection piece, but did make a reference to the need for prophets and an openness to diversity indicating this need had been with us for thousands of years.

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In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

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  1. If by ‘particular ideologies’ you mean religions, there’s no need to wonder about the closing of the ranks. Organised religions are all about money, power, wealth (with the name of God merely denoting the local franchise).

    Hell … the most vicious three of all use the same bloody God—and slaughter each other like rabid pit bulls over the name of his prophet.

    As one of the tests for truth I use contradiction: Contradictions do NOT exist, if you find an apparent contradiction then at least one of the premises is false.

    In real life diversity too often doesn’t stimulate thought so much as ‘justify’ (beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder) causing pain and death.

    And if I disagree with somebody then at least one of us (possibly both?) is wrong—I try to keep a genuinely open mind; I wish that others would do the same. I wonder if Abraham thought this one through? (Oops, “nonphysical” … of course.)

    • I just read a morning email from Father Richard Rohr and he says much the same thing. He says after Christianity became the official religions in about 300 AD we set aside the real teachings of Jesus and replaced them with entrenched ideologies.

    • WordsFallFromMyEyes

      Quite a comment there, Argus, but my sentiments much.

  2. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    A good post here, Ivon. I appreciate this one.


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