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Of All The Nerve:   Wheelchairs, Sciatica, And Equality

Of All The Nerve: Wheelchairs, Sciatica, And Equality

"Life" Issues, activism, autonomy, awareness, Challenge, Change, Christianity, Church, citizenship, civics, community, Compassion, culture, disability, empathy, entering into suffering, Equality, Ethics, Freedom, Gratitude, Healing, health insurance, Healthcare, mindfulness, movement, progressive politics, solidarity, Suffering, The long and difficult road
I had never thought much about physical disabilities until the autumn of 2012, when an  airplane flight from Hell from Wichita, KS, to Denver – long horror story ... please don't ask! -- squeezed me into a last-row seat of a tiny Embraer jet aircraft for four hours, resulting in a severely compressed sciatic nerve that basically crippled me for several months. At first, the pain was so intense that I thought I would die, then later on, the pain was so intense I was afraid I would not. (My wife and I slept in our first-floor guest suite for some period of time.) Gradually, thanks mainly to the intervention of an excellent chiropractor, I incrementally, over a period of about four months, recovered to the point that, instead of walking half the length of my driveway, I can now walk perh
Memorial, Marriage, And Memory

Memorial, Marriage, And Memory

"Life" Issues, 14th Amendment, 5th Amendment, activism, anger, aros, Art, awareness, bible, bigotry, Challenge, Change, Christianity/Catholicism, citizenship, civics, community, Compassion, conflict, conservatism, constitution, courage, Creativity, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, empathy, Equality, Ethics, faithfulness, Freedom, GLBT, history, Hope, injustice, justice, Marriage Equality, praying with art, progressive politics, Religion, Secularity, sexual orientation, Sexuality, social justice, Tolerance, Uncategorized, Women
Every several years or so, perhaps every decade or so, a work of art captures my emotions and imagination, and sticks in my memory, even though it may be several years between viewings – assuming I ever see the original of the work at all.  One such is Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party; another is Rembrandt’s Slaughtered Ox; another, Picasso’s Guernica; still another, Edouard Manet’s The Old Musician. I have never seen the originals of the Rembrandt and the Picasso. I know them only from reproductions. But they haunt me. I recently discovered another such image while visiting the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC:  Patricia Cronin’s Memorial to a Marriage (hereafter Memorial ). Memorial is a bronze sculpture, cast from a marble original, depicting two women lovers,
Treason, Treachery, And The Trauma Of Trust

Treason, Treachery, And The Trauma Of Trust

"Life" Issues, Abrahamic Traditions, affirmation/s, Atheism, autonomy, awareness, betrayal, Challenge, Change, Character of God, Christian Church, Christianity, Church, community, Compassion, conflict, conservatism, courage, covenant, critical judgment, Discernment, doubt, Downton Abbey, Edward VIII / Duke of Windsor, empathy, Ethics, existentialism, faith, God, Julian of Norwich, Lewis, Patheos, Queen Elizabeth, Rationality, Religion, Scripture, Secularity, Spirituality, T. S. Eliot, Theodicy, Theology, Uncategorized
In a recent “Skeptic’s Collection” column, I used the “Vergangenheit” episode of the critically acclaimed Netflix series The Crown as a springboard to a broader discussion of the relationship, within the Christian tradition, of forgiveness and trust. Implicit in my discussion was a critique of the conception of this relationship among, not all, but broad segments of the progressive-Christian community, which seems to often believe that the two are, if not strictly synonymous, then at least closely related. I argued to the contrary:  that trust is always, at best, conditional, even on those occasions when forgiveness is absolutely required. My question is this:  if we transpose that transaction between the Queen and the former King (now Duke) from a human to a theological key, is the Qu