New Year’s eve… This week our family participated in a “Books to Prisoners” event at C-Space in Cleveland. C-Space has a pretty extensive library of donated books. Prisoners, in turn, write specifiying certain topics they’re interested in. And once every few months, volunteers converge to help match the requests with books on hand. The project is colloquially referred to as: Book ’em… Tim Musser, a friend of ours and a passionate peace activist, helped out at the C-Space event. A couple weeks earlier, Tim had given me the book The Horrors We Bless (Rethinking the Just-War Legacy). At one point, author Daniel Maguire writes about global warming and how this crisis, ultimately, could lead to a whole lot more world peace. “Since global warming threatens everyone, there is new reason for an international ecumenism. Shared fear can make friends of former foes,” Maguire writes. Note: In prefacing the latter, Maguire uses the Ministry of Tourism on the Maldive Islands (just a couple feet above sea level) to illustrate how imminent the threat of global warming is: “Come and see us — while we’re still here,” says one Maldive tourism brochure. Note 2: Global Warming; genocide in Darfur; crisis in Pakistan; ongoing carnage in Iraq; scores of children starving in Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria; increasing nuclear proliferation… It would seem to me it’s time for some significant global, and ecumenical, New Year’s resolutions this year.