Tag: metaphor

Tuesday’s Thoughts: What Does Jonah Have to Teach Us About Imperialism?

Tuesday’s Thoughts: What Does Jonah Have to Teach Us About Imperialism?

bible, Scripture
Jonah, in the Bible, in Hebrew scripture (commonly called the Old Testament for Christians), is the famous individual characterized as being swallowed by a whale.  In my daily practice of scripture and art, I decided to tackle Jonah's tale. I had never really liked Jonah. He seems pretty selfish. Rather than desiring a rescue and grace for an entire people  he would rather the divine machine of war reign down destruction. When God decides that Ninevah, the city that Jonah is supposed to prophecy to, has turned over a new leaf and is repentant of their bad deeds, Jonah has a selfish snit and God teaches Jonah a lesson. Or rather, God tries to teach Jonah a lesson. We don't really know if it works or not. It's a cliff-hanger that goes unresolved. Anyway, I decided to write a spoken wor
Tuesday’s Thoughts: Implicit Bias in Sacred Stories

Tuesday’s Thoughts: Implicit Bias in Sacred Stories

bible, Scripture
From my daily practice today, I encountered implicit bias. Implicit bias is: "The attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.  These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control.  Residing deep in the subconscious, these biases are different from known biases that individuals may choose to conceal for the purposes of social and/or political correctness.  Rather, implicit biases are not accessible through introspection." The dude in today's story needs the reiteration of another dude to understand and hear the woman. There you have it. A Few Key Characteristics of Implicit Biases from the Kirwan Institute: Imp
Tuesday’s Thoughts: It’s a Gay Wedding

Tuesday’s Thoughts: It’s a Gay Wedding

bible, Scripture
Tuesday's Haiku and journaling The twelve are gathered Considering inclusion The gate swings open [end] Ruth 3-4 Ruth has been set up with Boaz. A few things to note, in the Bible, when it talks about feet, it often means male sex organs. And in this scripture specifically, There are feet, lying down together, and shuddering, and covering. This is sex, my friends. So Ruth and Boaz have sex. Boaz and then needs to clear everything with the rest of the community. He is one of the 12 that gather at the gate to decide what to do with the Ruth and Naomi and their property. He is a redeemer. He states there is another redeemer greater than him. This is someone who is closer in relationship with Naomi them Boaz and has first rights on Naomi’s property. And yet the gathering of the 12 at