Friday, October 23
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Prayers for Tragedies

Prayers for Tragedies

prayer, Prayer Practice, Prayers of Petition
Another mass shooting. Another tragedy. Another call for prayers. It is a seemingly senseless cycle. People are rightly skeptical of the need for prayer as we are caught in an endless cycle of inaction and mass death. I find it particularly disturbing that we are willing to tackle banning all Muslims because of an incident in New York on a bike path but that we are not willing to tackle our treatment of and access to guns. The Sutherland Springs shooter and the Las Vegas shooter both have one thing in common: domestic violence. We actually could write a narrow and compelling law that prohibits domestic violence perpetrators from having firearms. Washington state did it and it passed with voter approval. That is not people coming to take away your guns nor is it people trying to creat...
Vacation, Tragedy, and Sabbath

Vacation, Tragedy, and Sabbath

spiritual practice, Spirituality
I am taking a mini vacation right now.  My dear husband is running a half marathon and a 10K at Disneyland, so we are here. I always live in the tension of the complicit self (the self that is complicit with oppressive forces) when I ponder my love affair with Disney. It can seem so commercial and so vapid. But yet, when I think of a place in my life that is a common square, this is a very special place. I remember the first time I went when I was about 8 years old. We came down from San Jose to Anaheim and camped with my grandparents across the fourth of July time span. I remember the magic of tinker bell flying through the sky. And the fireworks show. I loved the beauty and sparkle of it all! And I still do. We moved to North Carolina and went to Disney in Florida. Then later, when I wa...
Memories of September 11, 2001

Memories of September 11, 2001

9-11, community, conflict, culture, death, doubt, Human Condition, Islam, justice, Lament, Love, monotheism, PA, Pentagon, Religious War, Spirituality, Theodicy, Theology, Tolerance, violence, war, World Trade Center
O God! O God! that it were possible To undo things done; to call back yesterday That Time could turn up his swift sandy glass, To untell the days, and to redeem these hours. -- Thomas Heywood (1574?-1641), A Woman Killed with Kindness (Act 4, Sc. 6) This Thursday, we are taking a break from the usual "Skeptics Collection" column to give an opportunity for all the blog writers to recall where they were and what they were doing on September 11, 2001. The memories are as personal and as individual as those of the people who were actually there in New York City on that fateful and by-now-iconic day that did so much to mold American national policy and character in the ensuing days, months, and years. What are your memories of September 11? How did that day change you? Ruth Jewell On Septe...