The Summer Slow Down has not hit the Just Third Way. The CESJ Fellow from Belgium has been working very productively, contacts are being made, and outreach efforts are increasing. Last week’s press release about the naming of Father John Trigilio and Deacon Joseph Gorini to the CESJ Board of Counselors was picked up by a number of media outlets, while other potential contacts and alliances are being surfaced all the time:
• The CESJ core group will be traveling to Cleveland, Ohio, next week to meet with officials of a foundation to discuss Justice University and other projects. While in Cleveland, the CESJ core group will also meet with civic, religious, and academic leaders who are interested in the Just Third Way.
• CESJ’s Fellow from Belgium has completed the first draft of a 90-second video to introduce the Just Third Way and, hopefully, lead people to investigate the concept in greater depth.
• The first draft of the revision of Curing World Poverty, the first edition of which was published in 1994, is nearly complete. All that remains to finish this phase of the project is to complete the rewrite of “Charity or Justice: Where is the Hope of the Poor?” and the first draft of “Monetary Stability and the Elimination of Poverty.” The next step will be to offer authors of the articles the chance to make any necessary revisions from the 1994 edition.
• The final review of CESJ’s upcoming “paradigm paper,” The Political Animal, should be completed by the end of August and submitted to the printer by that time.
• CESJ’s Director of Research has been invited to submit short pieces to Deacon Joseph Gorini’s Light and Heat Ministries website. This is a religiously oriented website, but the contributions will focus primarily on CESJ’s Just Third Way, a natural law-based approach to economic and social justice that, while it is compatible with faith-based doctrine, is not based on it.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 45 different countries and 46 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months. Most visitors are from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the Philippines. The most popular postings this past week were “The Purpose of Production,” “Church, State, and Humanity, III: A Fundamental Change in the Idea of the State,” “Church, State, and Humanity, IV: A Fundamental Change in the Idea of Religion,” “The Ex-Im Bank Bafflement, I: What IS It?” and “News from the Network, Vol. 7, No. 30” (last week’s press release about Father Trigilio and Deacon Gorini joining the CESJ Board of Counselors.)
Those are the happenings for this week, at least that we know about. If you have an accomplishment that you think should be listed, send us a note about it at mgreaney [at] cesj [dot] org, and we’ll see that it gets into the next “issue.” If you have a short (250-400 word) comment on a specific posting, please enter your comments in the blog — do not send them to us to post for you. All comments are moderated anyway, so we’ll see it before it goes up.