DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE: A Documentary

DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE

And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?”
And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.”
~ Luke 10 : 25 – 28
Our documentary will potentially explore the following:
We are also looking to bring our Closing The Achievement Gap program to historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Ebenezer is the church of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
~ Matthew 6:25
Hope Community Services

HOPE Community Services is the largest food pantry/soup kitchen in Westchester County. Former HOPE Volunteer Coordinator Sue Gedney, former New York State High Chess Champion Joshua Cola, 96 years old volunteer Iris Freed, and Terrance Jackson.  Photo: Gene Shaw

I spent over five years homeless mostly in New Rochelle, NY and discovered the power of empathy to fuel innovation and creativity:
I believe that empathy – the imaginative act of stepping into another person’s shoes and viewing the world from their perspective – is a radical tool for social change and should be a guiding light for the art of living. Over the past decade, I have become convinced that it has the power not only to transform individual lives, but to help tackle some of the great problems of our age, from wealth inequality to violent conflicts and climate change.
It is important to understand what empathy is and is not. If you see a homeless person living under a bridge you may feel sorry for him and give him some money as you pass by. That is pity or sympathy, not empathy. If, on the other hand, you make an effort to look at the world through his eyes, to consider what life is really like for him, and perhaps have a conversation that transforms him from a faceless stranger into a unique individual, then you are empathising. ~ Roman Krznaric

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The Power of the Black Church

“Hitler promised me on his word of honor, to protect the Church, and not to issue any anti-Church laws.”
This was the response of “First They Came” poem writer Martin Niemöller, to his cellmate, Leo Stein, when asked why he ever supported the Nazi Party. Niemöller was imprisoned by Nazis for eight years.

Engraving of poem by the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller presented at the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, Massachusetts. Niemöller joined other Lutheran and Protestant churchmen such as Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer in founding the Confessional Church, a Protestant group that opposed the Nazification of the German Protestant churches.

I took a course with Dr. J. Alfred Smith, studying African American spirituality. Dr. Smith was the senior pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church, a singularly important black Baptist church located in a low-income neighborhood in Oakland, California. Smith would often tell the class, “African American spirituality is a spirituality that was born and shaped in the heat of oppression and suffering.” It included a tradition of Jesus that connected the dissonant strands of grief and hope in the experience of black people who trusted in God to make a way out of no way. “Blackness is a metaphor for suffering,” he told us, “To know blackness is to be connected to the suffering, hope, and purpose of black people.”
I saw a connection between interpretations of Jesus and social expectations within communities of worship, and my interest in the way our understanding of Jesus shapes the moral lives of Christians grew….
Dietrich Bonhoeffer championed a radical interpretation of Jesus and ethics that was validated by his resistance to the Nazis and his execution by them. He cultivated his ethical core, which led to his death, out of the his fervent desire to encounter a meaningful and truthful experience with Christian theology in the person of Jesus. That understanding and relationship developed from his year of study in New York City when he encountered the black Christ who suffered with African Americans in a white supremacist world. He took that identity of the black Christ with him when he returned to Nazi Germany. To most pastors involved in Germany’s Confessing Church resistance against the Nazi-sympathizing Deutsche-Christens, the German Christians movement, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was young, brilliant, and far too radical. Well before the overtly racist Nazi government in Germany initiated World War II, opened concentration camps, and mobilized Einsatzgruppen (mobile death squads) throughout Europe to kill six million innocent people whom they declared Untermenschen (subhuman), Bonhoeffer was unique in his insistence that Christians in Germany publicly and adamantly oppose Nazi race hatred. Only when it was too late to stop the juggernaut of evil that the Nazis became did his Christian colleagues in Germany realize that the radical Bonhoeffer was right. Well-educated pastors and theologians who understood themselves to be faithful Christians, loyal to family, church, and nation, became either silent bystanders or active participants in Nazi atrocities and completely missed what their professed faith in Christ required of them at that most crucial moment in world history.
~ Reggie L. Williams
Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Martin Niemöller was imprisoned by Nazis for eight years. For seven of those years, 1938 to 1945, he was interned in Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps.

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Is The Hebrew Bible the Key to Artificial General Intelligence?

A page of Isaac Newton’s writing featuring, the prayer, in Hebrew,
‘Blessed is His name for eternity.’

Artificial general intelligence (AGI) is the intelligence of a machine that could successfully perform any intellectual task that a human being can. While computers have beaten human beings in games such as chess and go, computers are not very good at human capacities such as language and understanding.
The key to computers understanding language and achieving AGI could be to take concepts from Jewish mysticism about the Hebrew alphabet and language, and apply these concepts to artificial intelligence.
Sir Isaac Newton was a devout Christian who wrote far more about theology, alchemy, and Jewish mysticism than he did about physics and mathematics. Newton believed that scripture provided a “code” to the natural world.
Today, we tend to make a distinction between science and faith, but to Newton it was all part of the same world. He believed that careful study of holy texts was a type of science. There is much to be gained from adopting Newton’s insight.

“There’s no way you can have an AI system that’s humanlike that doesn’t have language at the heart of it.”

AI’s Language Problem,” a MIT Technology Review article, begins with a description of AlphaGo and the recent success of deep learning:
AlphaGo’s surprising success points to just how much progress has been made in artificial intelligence over the last few years, after decades of frustration and setbacks often described as an “AI winter.” Deep learning means that machines can increasingly teach themselves how to perform complex tasks that only a couple of years ago were thought to require the unique intelligence of humans. Self-­driving cars are already a foreseeable possibility. In the near future, systems based on deep learning will help diagnose diseases and recommend treatments.

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Trump is a Money-Laundering Idiot!

“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything.”
~ John F. Kelly
White House Chief of Staff
As reported in Fear by Bob Woodward

For over 30 years, the Russian mafia laundered money through Trump properties. The evidence is overwhelming in support of this claim. Trump is aware of this or he is not. Either way makes him a complete idiot.
If he is not aware to the fact that the Russian mafia has been laundering money through his properties, then he is a complete idiot simply for not knowing something so obvious. If he is aware to the fact that the Russian mafia has been laundering money through his properties, then he is a complete idiot for running for president and exposing himself and his family to the intense scrutiny that involved in a president campaign and being president.

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Liberty, Justice, and Abundance to All

America is Divinely appointed to create an open democracy with Liberty, Justice, and Abundance to all.

They believed under God, that history, and time, and justice would erase those stains. This leads me to the belief that this nation, though not Divine, is Divinely appointed. And I say to you solemnly today that anybody who speaks or acts against that purpose… that this shall be an open democracy with Liberty and Justice to all, comes close to committing treason against the idea of America.
~ Reverend Dr. Gardner C. Taylor
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
John 10:10
We may have confidence in some bright tomorrow, in this land, that the things that unite us will obliterate the things that divide us.
Standing in the light of that promise, we may believe in some clear day, unclouded by pride and prejudice, when every valley of disparity will be lifted up, when every mountain of obstacle will be brought down, when every crooked way of deception will be straighten out, when every rough place of delay will be remove, and all flesh shall see to the glory of God. We see a better, a brighter, a more glorious day in this land which God has given us all.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.
~ Reverend Dr. Gardner C. Taylor

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Putin Feared Clinton, Part II

Ultimately, [Putin] feared, [Hillary Clinton] was such a strong supporter of “regime change” policies that, if elected in 2016, she might pose a serious threat to his survival.

Craig Unger

Excerpt from House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig Unger
Meanwhile, relations between Russia and Western officials were approaching a Cold War-level chill. Putin’s bête noire was the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. In fact, Clinton had made her feelings about Putin clear in 2008, when, as a senator, she had joked about George W. Bush’s famous assessment of Putin.“I looked the man in the eye,” the former president had said, “I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.”
Hillary, of course, saw things quite differently. Because Putin was a KGB agent, she said, “by definition he doesn’t have a soul.”

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Always Speak Truth to Power: Putin Feared Clinton

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
~ John 8 : 31 – 32

No matter the challenges, the adversary, or the objections, always speak truth to power. No matter the costs.
~ Former DIA Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart
MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin accused Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday of inciting unrest in Russia, as he grappled with the prospect of large-scale political protest for the first time in his more than decade-long rule.
In a rare personal accusation, Mr. Putin said Mrs. Clinton had sent “a signal” to “some actors in our country” after Sunday’s parliamentary elections, which were condemned as fraudulent by both international and Russian observers. Anger over the elections prompted a demonstration in which thousands chanted “Putin is a thief” and “Russia without Putin,” a development that has deeply unnerved the Kremlin.
Speaking to political allies as he announced the formation of his presidential campaign, Mr. Putin said that hundreds of millions of dollars in “foreign money” was being used to influence Russian politics, and that Mrs. Clinton had personally spurred protesters to action. The comments indicate a breakdown in the Obama administration’s sputtering effort to “reset” the relationship between the United States and Russia.

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