THANK GOD FOR THEIR PARENTS?
A new study suggests kids who are the best behaved come from parents who are religious. I can think of some exceptions, and probably you can, too. But does this square with your experience?
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A MODEL FOR HOW TO TREAT PEOPLE
Evening Care started in 1979. Today its 150 volunteers provide an evening of care and recreation and education for more than 70 persons with developmental disabilities.
My stepson Chris, who lives in a group home and works at a sheltered workshop, has attended some Evening Care sessions. Chris was in attendance on Sunday and managed to hug pretty much the whole congregation, I think.
The one night a week that people with special needs come to Evening Care provides a time of respite for their family and other care givers. And it teaches everyone that even people with severe disabilities have much to offer the world. (Take note, Peter Singer.)
Religious communities, it seems to me, should be offering models that show that all human life is precious and deserving of dignity and respect. That's precisely what Evening Care does.
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