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Miles: Are we making progress?


Because the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church is celebrating its 50th year, I have been looking through some old Sunday worship programs and monthly newsletters.

I found an interesting piece dated July 1999. According to Phillip M. Harter, Md, FACEP, Stanford University: “If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like this: 57 people would be Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere, eight Africans. Fifty-two would be female, 48 would be male. 70 non-white, 30 white. Seventy non-Christian, 30 Christian. Eighty-nine heterosexual, 11 homosexual. Six people would possess 59% of the entire world’s wealth, and all six would be from the USA. Eighty would live in substandard housing. Seventy would not be able to read. Fifty would suffer from malnutrition. One would be near death, one near birth. One would have a college education (and) one would own a computer.”

Now, 25 years later, I wonder how much these figures would change. I also found a notice that a Service of Prayer for Peace in the Middle East was held on Sunday, Jan 13, 1991. It seems that we are still repeating those prayers.

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