NEW: US-Pakistan tension threatens NATO summit
A summit of NATO leaders in Chicago, focused mainly on the question of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, was overshadowed by an argument between the US and Pakistan on Monday. Pakistan closed several trade routes into Afghanistan late last year after an American airstrike killed several troops; now, the two countries are unable to agree on conditions for reopening them. Meanwhile, dozens of protesters were arrested in Chicago on Sunday, and the city is braced for more protests this week – including a demonstration against aerospace company Boeing, staged by the Occupy Chicago movement.
“Rise to Mind’s occasion” explains how Christian Science points the way toward healing for issues of international concern. “Occupy Wall Street, tea party: do we join in?” offers some helpful ideas for praying about protests – and how we can insist on bedrock principles like fairness and equality in our prayers.
NEW: “Ring of Fire” eclipse
Skywatchers in eastern Asia and the western United States got to see a rare annular eclipse on Sunday, as the moon obscured all but the edge of the sun to create a halo or “ring of fire” effect. The phenomenon was broadcast live on TV in Tokyo, which hasn’t seen such an eclipse since 1839. The next noteworthy solar event will be Venus’s transit of the sun, visible on June 5th and 6th.
You might enjoy “Eclipses,” a brief piece published in the Sentinel in 1901, which draws some spiritual lessons from a total solar eclipse that occurred that year.