Tuesday, March 9

Tag: Islam

Sleepwalking Through Gilead

Sleepwalking Through Gilead

After finishing both Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale several months ago and, only a couple of days ago, its sequel The Testaments, it occurs to me that many – I am sorely tempted to overgeneralize and say “all” – progressives are too selective in their outrage about the degradation and violence practiced against women in the purely fictitious world of Atwood’s Gilead. I say “selective” because, whereas the nation of Gilead is a product of Atwood’s fertile and dystopia-prone imagination, there are real-life Gileads in the actual world, a real world where women really are degraded, where women are real objects of violence and patriarchally founded oppression. Yet these real-life Gileads seem strangely immune from the kind of outrage directed by progressives against the purely fict...
Writing Our Fears  – Prayerful Tuesday

Writing Our Fears – Prayerful Tuesday

Blessings, contemplation, Grace, Holy Mystery, inner peace, Journaling, Mystery, peace, prayer, Quran, Rituals, Sacred Writing, spiritual practice
  Truly in the remembrance of God do hearts find rest (Quran 13.28) In the last week I have begun reading the book Out of Darkness Into Light by Jamal Rahman, Kathleen Schmitt Elias and Ann Holmes Redding.[1] The book gives a wonderful introduction to spiritual guidance found in the Quran with reflections from the Jewish and Christian Faith provided by MS Elias and MS Redding respectfully.  The three faiths Islam, Jewish, Christian are siblings and we share more than just a connection with Abraham, we share hearts. As a Christian I am well versed in my own tradition, practices and beliefs but reading Jamal’s writings and MS Elias’ writings has opened up interesting doors into the shared space of our three faiths.  One of those doors is called Spiritual Practice. I have always known...