The Soapbox

Identity: Diversity Within

Identity: Diversity Within

by Margaret Blanchard “I have walked through many lives, some of them my own and I am not who I was, though some principle of being abides, from which I struggle not to stray.”—Stanley Kunitz, “The Layers”     Throughout much of my adult life various forms of identity politics have played through the national […]

THE SOAPBOX: Class Status Versus Values

by Margaret Blanchard My experiences with consciousness-raising during the Civil Rights and Women’s Movements left me longing for deep sharing around issues of class (economic status).  The Unitarian Church’s recent workshop provided a valuable beginning for such a process.  After guided assessment of familial circumstances and individual achievements, and sharing stories with both mixed and […]

THE SOAPBOX: Towers or Spheres? Democracy and/or Hierarchy

by Margaret Blanchard The best small groups of family or friends seem inherently democratic as we sit in circles around fires or tables, each person allowed to voice feelings, express opinions, contribute to plans. (I recall how our family dynamics changed when we moved from a rectangular to a round table.) Whatever our differences in other […]

THE SOAPBOX: Political Dimensions of the Whole

by Margaret Blanchard I worry about our body politic, our U.S.A., which seems so split during and since the last national election. It’s taken us so long to recover from the last uncivil rupture over the Vietnam War, we’re only beginning to heal our racial divisions, and we’ve only fitfully addressed the 99/1 percent class divide. […]