Either…Or

Lesson 7:  Where do we go from here?

Lesson 7: Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here? I thought I might have come up with some new proposal, program, or opening by now. Instead, I feel I am pretty much where I started. That is not to say I am frustrated; only that I have come up with nothing new. After much reading, I have found […]

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Lesson 6: Culture or Politics

Lesson 6: Culture or Politics

As I was trying to understand what happened to cause our deeply divided society, I came across a Politico interview with James Davison Hunter of the University of Virginia Advanced Studies in Culture. It was regarded as an update on the book, Culture Wars, that he wrote in 1991. Hunter attributes our experience of violent […]

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Lesson 5: Love or Power

Lesson 5: Love or Power

I decided to start this series when I found myself growing extremely uneasy with Christians using militant language. I was increasingly hearing religious spokespeople speak of Jesus as a warrior fighting for us in a cosmic war between good and evil. This extended to many of them picturing the Christian life as primarily battling adversaries […]

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Lesson 4: Suffering

Lesson 4: Suffering

I got diverted last week. The thesis in the back of my head has been that either-or discussions in a technological society call for new perspectives. Technology makes for so many new possibilities that our concept of reality changes. We no longer see things black and white but rather in all shades of grey. I […]

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Lesson 3: Speaking the Message of Peace

Lesson 3: Speaking the Message of Peace

I am looking for a way to peace in our deeply divided society. Just about everyone recommends conversation and that is exactly what seems impossible in our present situation. That really came home last week as I was reading responses to last week’s lesson while listening to David Brooks’ Yale Divinity School lecture “The Crisis […]

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Lesson 2: Us or Them

Lesson 2: Us or Them

About a dozen years ago, a friend who is a respected diplomat told me even though I might not agree with politicians on the other side of the aisle, I nevertheless should respect them for trying to work with us for the good of the country. Last week, he said he now thinks the nation […]

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Lesson 1: Either… Or

Lesson 1: Either… Or

A frequent response to the series on Fratelli Tutti was “How can you have dialogue in the present situation?” People appreciated the Pope’s calling for creative conversation but observed he did not have it in his own church. They felt the conservatives are just waiting until he dies so they can replace him with someone […]

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