What Your Eyes Say About Your Health

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Sudden Blurry Vision

An abrupt and dramatic loss of vision may be a sign of a problem with the blood flow to your eye or your brain. Immediate medical attention can prevent serious damage and may even save your life. Even if your vision gets better quickly, it might still be a warning of a stroke or the beginning of a migraine headache

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Blurred Vision

This can be a sign of diabetes, which causes too much sugar in your blood. If it isn’t well managed, you may get diabetic retinopathy (when tiny blood vessels in your eyes leak blood and other fluids). You may have blurred vision and find it hard to see at night. Doctors can use a laser to seal the leaks and get rid of unwanted new blood vessels. This may affect your side vision, but it can save your central vision.Look at the entire slideshow here.

Maya Angelou

 

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Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou (April 4, 1928, to May 28, 2014), known as Maya Angelou, was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet and civil rights activist best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman. Angelou received several honors throughout her career, including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work (nonfiction) category, in 2005 and 2009.  Read more about her life and accomplishments here.

UCC Members/Clergy Join Protest of ICE Policy

7/3/2018    By Andrew Page

HARTFORD – Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building and Courthouse on Monday demanding the Trump administration reunite children who’ve been separated from their migrant parents in recent months. Others called for and end to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. Thirty five protesters were arrested, including two UCC pastors.

Rev. Stephen Camp, pastor of Faith Congregational Church, was the first to be arrested, charged with breach of peace and trespassing after he stood blocking the entrance to the building.

“The church really does have a voice in the intersection between the church and the state and this is one place where that voice is important,” said Camp after he was released with a summons on Monday.

Camp had been asked to participate and spoke with his congregation about the need to be that voice during Sunday’s sermon. He said the congregation was “100% with me and whatever I needed to do today.” Faith Congregation Church members have even explored what it would mean to be a sanctuary church. Read more here.

Changing Names, Changing History

This school showed the power of a simple name change when confronting a racist legacy.

   Eric Pfeiffer

The last public building in Virginia’s capital with a Confederate name is getting a makeover. Thanks, Obama.

On June 18, the Richmond School District voted 6-1 to change the name of J.E.B Stuart Elementary to Barack Obama Elementary.

Why does that matter?

Stuart was a U.S. Army officer who switched sides to join the Confederacy during the Civil War and became one of the South’s top military strategists. Richmond school officials wanted to let go of inappropriately honoring a pro-slavery leader, and do so in a way that built bridges in the community.

“It’s incredibly powerful that in the capital of the Confederacy, where we had a school named for an individual who fought to maintain slavery, that now we’re renaming that school after the first black president,” Richmond Public School Superintendent Jason Kamras said. “A lot of our kids, and our kids at J.E.B. Stuart, see themselves in Barack Obama.”

The elementary school body is 95% African-American and a number of school leaders suggested swapping out Stuart’s name for Obama’s, echoing a similar move at a Mississippi elementary school in 2017.Read more here.

RUTH BADER GINSBURG

Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, Bader taught at Rutgers University Law School and then at Columbia University, where she became its first female tenured professor. She served as the director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union during the 1970s, and was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1980. Named to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, she continued to argue for gender equality in such cases as United States v. Virginia.  In 1996, Ginsburg wrote the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Virginia, which held that the state-supported Virginia Military Institute could not refuse to admit women. In 1999, she won the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award for her contributions to gender equality and civil rights.

Read more here.

Capital Ice Cream Opens


Just in time for summer, Capital Ice Cream has opened on Hartford’s Capitol Avenue, becoming the latest business to join the burgeoning block.

The ice cream shop at 389 Capitol Ave. opened softly this week, with plans for an official grand opening on July 7. Inside the storefront, visitors are greeted by vividly colored hand-drawn menu boards, offering a dozen flavors in cups, cones and specialty sundaes.

Husband and wife owners Shane and Chantell Boissiere-Kelly are residents of the Frog Hollow neighborhood and have seen Capitol Avenue businesses flourish in the past few years.
“We’ve been thinking about doing something on this block for a long time,” Boissiere-Kelly says. “We looked at The Pantry back when it was available – the timing wasn’t quite right, we had a baby, it was one thing after the other. When this space became available, my husband said, ‘We have to try it.’”

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Israel is Principally Jewish State

Israel Declares Itself a Principally Jewish State With Passage of Controversial Law

By  SOFIE WERTHAN    JULY 19, 2018    2:28 PM

After hours of heated debate, Israel’s legislature passed a controversial law Thursday that declares the country a principally Jewish state, further inflaming tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. The legislation, commonly known as the nation-state law, has been hailed by its supporters as the fulfillment of Zionism’s fundamental goals. Opponents criticize the law as racist and anti-democratic.

The law is a largely symbolic measure, but it is bound to further fracture the relationship between Israel’s Jewish majority and its non-Jewish Arab minority, which constitutes 21 percent of the country’s population. Israel’s 1948 Declaration of Independence explicitly enshrined equal social and political rights to all residents, but many non-Jewish Israeli citizens—especially Arab people—insist that they are treated as second-class citizens.  Read more here.

When Politicians Determine Your Religious Beliefs

When Politicians Determine Your Religious Beliefs

By Michele Margolis     July 11, 2018

Ms. Margolis is the author of “From Politics to the Pews: How Partisanship and the Political Environment Shape Religious Identity.”

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At first glance, President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court would seem a perfect reminder of why so many religious white Americans vote Republican: to promote conservative moral values. Religious values. Their values. The values that — the story goes — devout white Protestants and Catholics want to see in Washington.

As it turns out, that narrative has it partly backward. It’s not just that our religious beliefs affect our politics — it’s that our politics affect our religious choices. We don’t just take cues about politics from our pastors and priests; we take cues about religion from our politicians.

Read more here.

James Meredith’s Mission

James Meredith

Civil rights legend Meredith says he’s on a mission from God

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — James Meredith is a civil rights legend who resists neatly defined narratives.

He integrated the University of Mississippi while braving mob violence in 1962 — yet he worked in the late 1980s for archconservative Sen. Jesse Helms, considered a foe by many in the civil rights movement.  Wounded by shotgun fire while marching for voting rights in 1966, Meredith also shuns the title of “civil rights icon,” as if civil rights are different from other rights.  Now, at 85, Meredith could rest assured of a place in history. But he says he’s on a new mission from God — to confront what he sees as society’s “breakdown of moral character” by encouraging people to live by the Ten Commandments.

He says black people must lead the way for Christians of all races to have spiritual healing.  “If the black Christians focus on teaching right, doing right, all other Christian religions would follow suit,” Meredith says. “Instead of religion healing the black-white race issue, the race issue is going to heal everything and correct all the rest of our problems.” Meredith made the remarks during an interview with The Associated Press at a Jackson public library where he’s a frequent patron.  Read more here.